This Intellectual Output is highly important since this is the phase where the Guide for parents and professionals being developed. A detailed Guide was developed specifically targeting parents and providing different self-learning packages to boost their parenting skills, aiming to improve both child and family well-being. The Guide is accompanied by a Handbook for professionals (coming soon!) which enhances the skills of professionals and assists them to gain essential information related to parents’ needs, difficulties and strengths. We wish you a pleasant learning journey!
Developed through the expertise of 6 organisations and founded on values of human rights, non-discrimination, social inclusion, gender equality, intergenerational solidarity and empowerment of all families, the Skills4Parents guide for parents is an intermediary product that contains all the relevant information about the learning packages which will be available in the online Skills4Parents platform by the end of 2022. At the same time, it aims to cater to the needs of parents who prefer to have their learning material available in a downloadable format so they can enjoy an overview of all that the Skills4Parents platform can offer offline.
The skills and knowledge that figures in the present Guide have been selected following a careful selection process. First, partners have built on their experience working with parents and adult educators and a thorough literature review to preselect a set of skills. This list was then put through a “reality test” as all partners organised focus group sessions to test the skill sets in five countries. All organisations of the consortium completed their task resulting in the creation of a cross-European focus group with different profiles of parents and educators. The learning parents participating in the focus groups came from various backgrounds and each of them face different challenges in their everyday lives. From divorced and single parents, migrant parents, special needs parents with hearing or visual impairments to parents from big cities, suburban areas to rural. The group was gender-balanced and was representing diverse family forms and geographical origins. For more information about the selection of the learning packages, you can check our report.
The 5 skills selected for the Guide (Communication, Empowerment, Mediating, Problem-Solving and Digital) were broken down into concrete learning outcomes, looking at what part of these topics would be particularly relevant to learning parents. The Guide was tested and improved following a 5-day train the trainer course held in Cyprus for 20 students (mix of parents and professionals)in order to provide them with knowledge on how to mentor and guide parents and their children.
The guide adopts a self-learning approach, allowing all learning parents to choose the content that they need to tackle the parenting challenges they are encountering at their own pace. Now it is up to you to make your own programme and take the best that Skills4Parents can offer you! We wish you a pleasant learning journey through our guide. 🙂