The development of good practice in parenting and family support for black and minority ethnic families

Funded by the Home Office and then transferred to DfES, April 2002 – March 2005

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What were the aims of the project?

This project helped black and minority ethnic voluntary organisations to:

  • develop and implement good practice in parenting and family support
  • collaborate and form a support network
  • contribute to wider debates on parenting and family support issues including consultations on the Parenting Fund in 2002 and Every Child Matters in 2003
  • share good practice through dissemination events.

How were these aims fulfilled?

We worked with 157 voluntary black-led organisations. We worked with a range of organisations including:

  • groups for young people
  • groups for fathers
  • counselling services
  • carers and disability groups
  • parent support groups.

Using ‘action learning sets’, we helped these groups to:

  • identify issues, explore problems and find solutions to help black and minority ethnic voluntary organisations improve support for families
  • share information and good practice relating to parenting and family support

The groups explored a number of issues including:

  • methods to engage black men in volunteering projects
  • the use of traditional African folklore as a tool for African parents to discuss issues such as sexual health with young people
  • ways to challenge decisions on funding.