Parenting can be considered to be the facilitation of child development (Woodcock, 2003) and it is generally recognized that the parenting a child receives is an important influence on their future development. It is commonly agreed that there are a number of factors that separate successful from unsuccessful parenting. These include the degrees of warmth/coldness, praise/criticism, consistency, sensitivity, responsiveness, availability and disciplinary control. Standard 2 of the
National Service Framework for Children, Young
People and Maternity Services
(DH/DfES, 2004a) is that:
Parents or carers are enabled to receive the information, services and support that will help them to care for their children and equip them with the skills they need to ensure that their children have optimum life chances and are healthy and safe.