Surveillance or Support? Political Intervention and the Universal Parenting Course

  • Helen SimmonsEmail author


This chapter will explore the increased government attention on parenting intervention, following on from the Allen Report (Early Intervention: The Next Steps, an Independent Report to Her Majesty’s Government by Graham Allen MP. The Stationary Office, London, 2011). Policies, reports and parenting intervention strategies will be explored and considered. This will include the ‘Helping Parents to Parent’ report (Clarke et al. in Helping Parents to Parent. Social Mobility Commission, London, 2017) which was commissioned by the Social Mobility Commission and which calls for the normalisation of parenting programmes and increase in comparative government approaches that consider universal parenting support to be a ‘public health issue’ (Clarke et al. 2017, p. 5).


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  1. 1.University of DerbyDerbyUK

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