Charities and university win £30m government grant to set up parenting academy

A City university, along with a consortium of charities, will launch a new academy for parenting practitioners in October, following a £30m grant announcement by children’s minister Beverley Hughes.

The National Academy for Parenting Practitioners will be provided by the Family and Parenting Institute, Parenting UK and Kings College London, and will train practitioners working in health services, children’s services and with parents in schools.

The academy will aim to develop and support the parenting workforce, with particular focus on the trainers of practitioners and those who guide trainers.

Hughes, the minister for children, young people and families, said: “This academy will be an international and national hub for the exchange of ideas and learning, providing the very latest research and training in supporting parents. It will ensure that our parenting practitioners can access the best possible information and help parents do the best they possibly can for their children.”

Mary MacLeod, chief executive of the Family and Parenting Institute, said: ‘We are delighted to be working with King’s and Parenting UK to make sure the academy will do the best job possible to inform and train those who work with parents’.

Mary Crowley MBE, chief executive of Parenting UK, said: ‘The academy will take a major step forward in ensuring that those who work with parents are trained for that purpose and meet National Occupational Standards.”

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