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New UNICEF resource: Programming Guidance for Parenting of Adolescents

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Skeen, S, Levy, M, Haj-Ahmad, J (2021) Programming Guidance for Parenting of Adolescents. UNICEF. Available: https://www.unicef.org/reports/parenting-adolescents.

Parents play an essential role in influencing how adolescents interact with the complex, interlinked factors that shape their development. Not only do positive parental relationships enhance developmental outcomes for adolescents but effective parenting can also alleviate the impact of negative external factors. The influence of parenting practices can also extend across generations. Building on parents’ existing strengths and equipping them to provide support to their adolescent children through a parenting programming has the potential to have a profound positive influence on adolescent development.

UNICEF’s Programming Guidance for Parenting of Adolescents (2021) aims to guide global efforts to strengthen evidence-based, holistic programming for the parenting of adolescents. The guidance is targeted at practitioners and stakeholders working on responses to support the parenting and caregiving of adolescents across sectors. It presents a series of recommended considerations and core content areas for parenting of adolescent programmes as informed by a comprehensive review of the existing evidence base.

In terms of key considerations, parenting programmes of adolescents should:

Depending on the aims and the target audience, programmes for the parenting of adolescents would ideally contain core content to: 

The guidance further outlines how to plan for scale-up and sustainability from the initial stages of development to ensure the extended reach and lasting impact of the parenting of adolescents programming. It describes how to develop strong monitoring and evaluation systems that are essential to support and inform programme implementation. Finally, the resource offers a nine-step process to set out the specific activities required to design, deliver and evaluate parenting programmes of adolescents and to plan for future scale-up.

UNICEF is currently developing detailed messaging and implementation resources, based on the key considerations and core content outlined in the guidance, for implementing holistic parenting of adolescents’ resources (expected early 2022). The guidance is currently available in English and Spanish.

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New UNICEF resource: Programming Guidance for Parenting of Adolescents. Field Exchange 66, November 2021. p87. www.ennonline.net/fex/66/newunicefresource

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