DSPI launches 'Parenting in the time of COVID-19’ in partnership with WHO and UNICEF

With 1.5 billion children now out of school, parents and carers across the globe are coming to terms with the challenges of parenting in the time of COVID-19

To help parents cope, the University of Oxford has launched a set of parenting tips, in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF.

‘Globally, we are now parenting under extremely stressful conditions,’ says Lucie Cluver, Professor of Child and Family Social Work at DSPI, who developed the tips. ‘Not only are children and teenagers out of school, but families are living with increased stress, fear and financial worries. All of these make us less tolerant and more irritable. At its most serious, we know that violence in homes increases during times of school closures associated with health emergencies. But this is for everyone who needs and deserves effective parenting support.’

The Parenting for Lifelong Health and UKRI GCRF Accelerate Hub teams at Oxford have produced a set of 6 one-page tips for parents which cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19. Available from the World Health Organisation  and UNICEF, the downloadable sheets contain great advice condensed from their non-commercial evidence-based parenting programmes. 

Read the full article at spi.ox.ac.uk