May 20, 2015
Kaupapa Maori parenting programmes endorsed
Kaupapa Maori parenting programmes have got the big tick from the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit.
Superu has released a publication What Works based on research done by the former Families Commission report on effective parenting programmes.
It says kaupapa Maori and culturally adapted parenting programmes are effective with whanau because they validate Maori knowledge, values, and practices.
Chief adviser Maori Donovan Clarke says characteristics of effective programmes include being: whanau-centred, focused on wellbeing, building on strengths and having skilled Maori facilitators and role models.
The programmes support whanau through strengthening cultural identity and growing knowledge of traditional parenting practices.
He says Superu is doing more work on the programmes’ effectiveness."
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