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

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

For further information, contact Tracey Bignall.

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?

Action learning sets

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.