News & Events
Baby bundles an opportunity to connect with parents
18 July 2019: The Parenting Research Centre is pleased to have helped design Victoria's first Baby Bundle, which will be delivered to 35,000 families across the State.
Child temperament: a cornerstone of parenting
15 July 2019: In this episode of the Babyology podcast Feed Play Love, Parenting Research Centre Senior Specialist Dr Naomi Hackworth shares how to accept and support a child's temperament.
New framework planned to boost permanency for NSW children
8 July 2019: Giving more children and young people a permanent home is the goal of a new practice framework project we are running in NSW
Parenting Young Children program extends international reach
2 July 2019: Hundreds of Scandinavian professionals are now ready to deliver our Parenting Young Children Program to parents with intellectual disabilities.
Using evidence better needs fresh thinking
30 June 2019: Key challenges to evidence-based practice and a way forward for child and family services were key themes at our Practice reimagined events in Sydney and Melbourne.
Supported playgroups program expands to boost child language
30 June 2019: Our smalltalk program has been expanded in Victoria's Latrobe Valley to boost child speech and language development.
How to turn the tables on kids’ screen time: make it a family affair
21 May 2019: Media release. Screen time between parents and children can build stronger relationships.
Children in out-of-home care need investment in carers
17 May 2019: Building carers’ capacity and confidence is critical to keeping children safe and settled in out-of-home care, we told the Child Aware conference in Brisbane.
Opinion: Protecting vulnerable children – policy lessons from public health
16 May 2019: Using a public health approach to child protection may reduce the number of children living in out-of-home care in Australia.
Event: Practice reimagined – better using evidence to help families succeed
These two free breakfast events in Melbourne and Sydney will explore how to achieve evidence-based practice when working with children and families.
Sound: an unsung hero in child development
6 May 2019: Parenting Research Centre Senior Specialist Dr Naomi Hackworth tells the Babyology podcast Feed Play Love why sound is critically important to the way children learn about their world.
Parenting labels don’t help children
15 April 2019: Parenting Research Centre CEO Warren Cann explains on the Babyology podcast Feed Play Love why focusing on child temperament is more useful than labelling parenting styles.
Why your weekly movie night is a really good thing
10 April 2019: Family rituals give children and adults a sense of belonging and are an important part of life, Principal Specialist Derek McCormack tells the Babyology podcast Feed Play Love.
Opinion: With mental health, what’s good for parents is good for children
8 April 2019: A policy focus on parent mental health will lead to better mental health outcomes for children, our opinion piece, first published in The Mandarin, says.
What is child resilience? Finding common ground
5 April 2019: Building successful initiatives that improve child resilience will depend on raising awareness about its complexity, our research shows.
Parents searching for answers on child sleep, inquiry hears
4 April 2019: Much more can be done to highlight what healthy sleep habits look like and why they're important for both children and their parents, we told a recent Federal Parliamentary Inquiry.
Telling stories builds children’s brains and family bonds
20 March 2019: Media release. Storytelling has far reaching benefits for children and can help build their brains.
Parents being judged: it’s the last thing children need
13 March 2019: Parenting Research Centre CEO Warren Cann explains the impact of judging parents on the Feed Play Love podcast.
Event: Anxiety in your family
This free ParentingNow four-week webinar course begins on 5 March will help parents better understand and manage anxiety in themselves or their children.
Program to keep children engaged in education trials new family approach
26 February 2019: The Smith Family and Parenting Research Centre are trialing a new framework to support families as part of the Learning for Life program
Opinion: Helping teens by addressing the parent confidence drop
15 February 2019: Confident parents who build strong bonds grow confident teens. Read our article in EducationHQ.
Event: Pre-teens and positive technology use
This free ParentingNow webinar on 19 February will help parents lay the foundations for positive technology use in their teenager.
When it comes to advice seeking, parents are living online
13 February 2019: We told the recent ISRII conference in New Zealand that more and more parents are seeking help online
Practice First leads to child protection cultural shift, evaluation shows
7 February 2019: An evaluation of the Practice First service delivery model in NSW has shown it helped case workers spend more time with families.
New learning package prepares family system workers for NDIS
5 February 2019: Our new professional e-learning package is helping workers in the Victorian child and family system gain skills and confidence around the NDIS
Event: Parenting teenagers positively
This free ParentingNow webinar on 12 February will give parents tips and tools to parent positively as the teenage years approach.
Tackling fear of the unknown helps reduce first day of school nerves
21 January 2019: Media release. Parents can help their children make a positive start to primary school by tackling the fear of the unknown, says raisingchildren.net.au
Intensive family support program improves child safety
14 December 2018: Our evaluation work has found that a Queensland Government program providing intensive support to vulnerable families is successfully reducing child protection notifications.
What works in providing trauma-focused support for children in care?
12 December 2018: Parenting Research Centre is partnering in a new evaluation of a service to reduce trauma for children in out-of-home care.
Education staff a key touchpoint for parents with mental health difficulties
10 December 2018: Media release. Parents experiencing mental health difficulties are more likely to interact with early childhood and school education staff around decisions and advice about their children.
New project to fast-track ‘best spends’ on child mental health
5 December 2018: A new project will fast-track ways to help professionals intervene early on child mental health
Focus on child sleep could boost physical activity: study
4 December 2018: Supporting parents to improve their children’s sleep patterns could boost physical activity and potentially reduce obesity risk, our research shows.
If you build it, will they come? Solving participation issues in parenting support
30 November 2018: Funding parent engagement as a key component of parenting programs will help Australia get the most from its public investments in this area. Read our article in The Mandarin.
Tool tackles impact of mental illness across generations
23 November, 2018: New research shows that a tool being used in Victoria can improve services for families impacted by a parent’s mental illness.
Family coaching program promotes housing stability
22 November 2018: An innovative pilot program using coaches to help Queensland families in public housing has improved families’ emotional wellbeing,our evaluation has found.
Opinion: A case for changing the message on parenting
20 November 2018: Building community support for better structures and systems to help parents will require a shift in the way we talk about parenting, writes Annette Michaux.
Lessons for parents on surviving Schoolies: talk early talk often
19 Nov 2018: Media release. Opening the lines of communication – and keeping them open – is an important way to connect with your teenager during the party season say experts at raisingchildren.net.au
Opinion: Children’s wellbeing tied to dads’ mental health
5 September 2018: The way a child grows and develops is powerfully influenced by their father's mental health. Read our latest article in The Conversation.
One in five Australian dads experience depression or anxiety after having kids
31 August 2018: Media release. One in five fathers say they have suffered symptoms of depression or anxiety since having children.
Project launched to change the conversation about parenting
23 August 2018: A major shift in the way we communicate about parenting is needed, according to this new research which proposes a way forward for positive messages.
Parenting support: trends and evidence-based practice
These webinars provide an update of recent research and contemporary thinking on parenting support, and explore the challenges of implementing evidence-based programs in this area.
Opinion: Seven lessons on evidence-informed practice
20 July 2018: A decade-long partnership based on co-design and mutual trust has produced key lessons. Read our latest oped piece in The Mandarin
Parenting support key to protecting child rights
6 July 2018: Read our submission to the National Children's Commissioner on progress in implementing the Convention on the Rights of Children
Boredom is fantastic for children’s play, say parenting experts
19 June 2018: Media release. A bit of boredom is not a bad thing – in fact it can actually do children some good, say experts at raisingchildren.net.au
More NSW families supported via tried-and-tested program
31 May 2018: The Parenting Research Centre is now home to Australia's largest group of coaches in SafeCare, a program shown to reduce child abuse and neglect
Parenting Young Children program makes international inroads
30 May 2018: Japan is the third overseas country to adopt our program for parents with learning difficulties
Opinion: Building parent confidence will reap rewards
21 May 2018: How can policymakers help Australian families to thrive? Read our oped piece in The Mandarin.
New practitioner course on child wellbeing launched
16 May 2018: Building Blocks is a new online course to help practitioners work with parents around their child’s mental health
Inquiry submission: supporting new parents and babies
21 Feb 2018: Good parenting is achievable with the right support, we told the NSW inquiry on support for new parents and babies
Raising Children Network reaches new milestone
18 Jan 2018: The Raising Children Network has reached a milestone in providing trusted information for parents
Skills program a beacon for vulnerable families
18 Jan 2018: A new parenting program we're helping pilot shows great potential in keeping vulnerable families together
National Centre for Child Mental Health goes live
1 Dec 2017: Emerging Minds: the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health set to support professionals
Victorian parents faring well but hungry for help raising teens
28 Nov 2017: Media release. Most parents are confident but seeking reassurance in key areas, our research shows
Smalltalk offshoot named as Victorian awards finalist
An extension of our smalltalk initiative was honoured at the 2017 Victorian Early Years Awards.
New project identifies parenting messages that resonate
Project builds on previous work to frame parenting messages for policy makers and the general public