Parenting Program Highlights | PNG Loop

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The evaluation, generously supported by UNICEF Australia, found that parents exposed to the P4CD program were empowered to practice positive parenting practices in childrearing and invested time in improving child-parent relationships that contributed to creating safe spaces for children.

An estimated 35,000 children between the ages of 3 and 10 have been positively impacted by this intervention which has reached more than 8,700 parents in six provinces of the country since UNICEF PNG, in partnership with the government and implementing partners implemented, rolled out the program in 2016.

The European Union and United Nations Spotlight Initiative to End Violence against Women and Girls in PNG is currently supporting the scaling up of this program.

Through the findings of the evaluation, it provided the evidence needed to further expand the program across the country, ensure full government ownership of the program and further improve its content to end violence against children and women. and help build positive relationships within the family. .

A significant change seen over the course of the assessment is fathers who reported strong child-parent relationships, with 73% confirming that they spend more time with their children, play with them and help them behave properly.

“These findings are significant as they indicate a shift in parents’ mindset about raising their children in a loving and caring manner, which is crucial for a child’s holistic development and overall well-being.” said UNICEF Representative Claudes Kamenga.

A large majority of parents who have benefited from the program (76%) no longer hit their children; 45% no longer curse or insult them; and 63 percent do not engage in neglectful behaviors such as leaving the child alone or letting the child go hungry.

Although the P4CD program was not specifically designed to address domestic violence, more than 58% of wives reported a reduction in violence inflicted on them by their husbands, while 62% of wives and 71% of men confirmed that they spoke about their disagreements without using violence.

The P4CD program was developed in 2016 by UNICEF PNG with support from the Menzies School of Health Research at Darwin University in Australia. UNICEF PNG commissioned the assessment which was carried out independently by the assessment firm Stratman.

The full evaluation report can be viewed here: Evaluation of the UNICEF P4CD program in Papua New Guinea.

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