Parenting support programmes Growing Up Together and Growing Up Togehter Plus have been implemented in Istria since 2010. However, due to the lack of educated leaders and a systematic support to and supervision of the leaders, these programmes are unavailable to all interested parents, especially those who live outside bigger towns.
The aim of the project was:
- to contribute to the development of local experts who would provide support to families through programmes of general and targeted parental support;
- to enhance availability, quality and sustainability of those programmes in the Istrian County.
Authors of the Growing Up Together programme (Nina Pećnik and Branka Starc) conducted a three-day education in late May 2017. In autumn and winter 2017, the newly trained leaders conducted 11-workshop cycles, attended by 130 parents in 14 groups. Upon completion of the workshops, a seminar was held and the post-evaluation of the conducted programme was presented. Workshops were attended predominantly by mothers (88%), aged 36 on average, mostly with college and university degree. The evaluation results and the comparison of parents' self-reports before and after the programme, showed an increase in their personal level of parental competences and positive changes of their views regarding children. After their participation in the programme, parents reported that they listened more to their children, began to better understand children's undesirable behaviour, became more accessible to their children and more patient with them. Also, supervision was conducted of the group of programme leaders who were experienced in the implementation of the parenting support programme.
The project ended in Pazin with a round table about the parenting support and a presentation of results of the project implementation. It was agreed to proceed with project activities in 2018.