Coast school first in state to encourage new parenting strategies

By Samuel Poncini

The Queensland Family and Child Commission is hoping other Coast schools will follow Chancellor State College’s example and become a Talking Families school.

Tomorrow Chancellor State College will conduct a breakfast promoting a new style of parenting strategies and the QFCC hopes other Coast schools will follow its lead.

Talking Families is a program aimed at normalising help-seeking behaviour among parents and caregivers, aiming to reduce the number of parents who seek departmental assistance.

Program’s coordinator Britt Sherwell said the program advocates parent-to-parent communication.

“We want parents to connect with each other for natural support first, then we want the schools and local communities to provide assistance as well,” she said.

“All this comes before tertiary responses such as going to a government department.”

Department of Child Safety Youth and Women senior officer Tracey Arledge said intervention needed to be a last resort.

“Primary responses such as that which the program promotes are always ideal,” Ms Arledge said.

Chancellor State College is the first school in Queensland to support the program but Ms Sherwell hopes it will be the first of many.

“We really want other schools to get on board with the program and promote the strategies which it encourages,” she said.

The program is based on results which the QFCC conducted at the start of term two this year and a subsequent survey will be carried out at the end of term three to evaluate the program’s success.

“We hope that at the end of term three the results will speak for themselves and other schools will be interested in following Chancellor’s example,” Ms Sherwell.

The program is bolstered by the QFCC’s website, which features a range of real life stories from Queensland parents.

Tomorrow’s breakfast will commence at 7:30am tomorrow and 100 parents and more than 400 children are expected to attend.

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