CitationRuane, M. (2005). Growing Together: A Resource Manual for Facilitators of Parenting Groups. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/883
AbstractThe NCRC receives many requests from parents and professionals about parenting programmes or resource and
training materials for parenting sessions. The increasing demand for such programmes and materials arises from
an increasing focus on parenting education and support. For example, Ryland (1995) in her research on parenting
programmes in Ireland concluded that there was a need for parent education and training materials. Furthermore,
Riordan (2001) in her report, Supporting Parenting — A Study of Parents’ Support Needs highlighted that Irish society
is changing and, consequently, new ways of supporting parents are needed. The report further asserts that the
majority of parents welcome parenting education or support groups but emphasises the need for a flexible approach
to accommodate the huge variety among parents and their needs.
in 1998 Geraldine French, in a joint Barnardos and Department of Health initiative, compiled a profile of parenting
programmes in Ireland Enhancing Our Future, with many recommendations regarding "the content of parenting
in the following year professionals involved in parenting support and education met in Dublin to review and develop
guidelines towards best practice in parenting education. As a result, Towards Best Practice in Parenting Education was
published by Barnardos and the ERHA in 2000.
With this resource manual the National Children’s Resource Centre attempts to contribute to developments in the field
of parenting education/support. This manual is aimed at supporting facilitators of parenting programmes and
building on and complementing the care, advice and support already provided for parents, families and communities
as opposed to substituting or replacing it. The core principle of the manual is empowerment, rather than direction.