Parent engagement – not just about schools


I’m preparing to submit an abstract to the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth’s conference on Parent Engagement.

When I did a Google search for the term “parent engagement” I am surprised by what I found: All but 4 of the links on the first 5 pages of results (50 links) were about parent engagement in schools.

The exceptions were:

  1. An interesting resource about engaging parents from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (on page 3)
  2. Some information about a parent engagement resource from the Centre for Community Child Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne (on page 4)
  3. The Parent Engagement  Network in Boulder (on page 5)
  4. A list of parent engagement resources from Scouts Canada (on page 5).

I am surprised because I expected more resources about engaging parents in other contexts (e.g., family services). Engaging parents in schools is certainly important but there are many other areas where it’s also important.

If you liked this post please follow my blog, and you might like to look at:

  1. Some good articles/links – engaging ‘hard to reach’ families
  2. The Parent Empowerment and Efficacy Measure (PEEM)
  3. Engaging fathers: An overview of evidence-based practice
  4. An overview of literature on supported playgroups
  5. Making parents feel welcome in schools
  6. 6 keys to community engagement in schools


About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.
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