John D'Orazio

John D'Orazio

Former Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Justice; Community Safety

    ParentSupport comes to East Metro Region

    31/03/2006 11:00 AM

    Additional support for parents to help manage children who are behaving anti-socially, not attending school, or offending, is now available in the east metropolitan region.

    Community Safety Minister John D’Orazio said the State Government’s ParentSupport scheme had already assisted more than 40 families in the south-east metropolitan region.

    Mr D’Orazio was at Hampton Park Primary School, which he said was a role model in terms of its values-based initiatives, level of parental involvement with the school and support provided to their children.

    “All parents need help and support, but for a variety of reasons, some parents may need more support than others,” the Minister said.

    “Better parenting can have an important role in diverting young people from anti-social or criminal behaviour.

    “The aim is to get parents of children at risk to participate in ParentSupport voluntarily, because they and their children will benefit.

    ”ParentSupport specialists work one-on-one with parents to improve their parenting skills, confidence and parent-child relationships.

    “The scheme also provides group-based parenting education and skills training and intensive home visits to support appropriate parenting.”

    Mr D’Orazio said families could be referred to ParentSupport scheme by staff from the Department of Education and Training, the Department for Community Development, and Juvenile Justice in the Department of Corrective Services.

    He said ParentSupport was a key element of the Government’s Responsible Parenting Initiative (RPI) which responded to growing community concern about the involvement of young people - including children under the age of 10 - in truanting, anti-social and criminal behaviour.

    The program had the capacity to assist up to 300 families each year.

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