Policies and Services Affecting Parenting

  • Kylie BurkeEmail author
  • Divna Haslam
  • Keny Butler


The health and well-being of families is significantly influenced by government policies and funding that directly and indirectly support the critical role of parenting. Many policies that impact parents’ ability to be present and active in children’s lives stem from changes in social structures and the need to address other issues affecting society, such as the need to create a sustainable and productive workforce, rather than being developed explicitly to meet parents’ needs. As the structures and nature of families have changed, more family-focused policies have emerged to provide direct support to parents and families. The way in which this support is provided to families varies across countries based on a country’s priorities, values and cultural expectations. However, providing assistance to those who are most vulnerable remains a key focus across nations, with welfare, child maltreatment, and health care policies all having an impact on the health and well-being of parents and children. As the importance of parenting has become more widely recognized, parenting-specific policies and initiatives directly targeting the role of parenting have also begun to emerge, with positive outcomes evident for families and the broader community. This chapter provides an overview of such policies that have implications for the role of parenting and the impact that these policies have had on child and family well-being.


Policy Family-focused Parenting Policy Services Wellbeing 



The Parenting and Family Support Centre is partly funded by royalties stemming from published resources of the Triple P—Positive Parenting Program, which is developed and owned by the University of Queensland (UQ). Royalties are also distributed to the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at UQ and contributory authors of published Triple P resources. Triple P International (TPI) Pty Ltd. is a private company licensed by UniQuest Pty Ltd. on behalf of UQ, to publish and disseminate Triple P worldwide. The authors of this report have no share or ownership of TPI. Drs. Haslam and Burke receive or may in future receive royalties and/or consultancy fees from TPI. TPI had no involvement in the writing of this chapter. The authors of this chapter are employees at UQ.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Parenting and Family Support Centre, School of PsychologyThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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