Year Published: 2013

Authors: Catherine Ward and Inge Wessels

Publisher: Children's Institute, University of Cape Town

Suggested Citation: Ward C & Wessels I (2013) Rising to the challenge: Towards effective parenting programmes. In: Berry L, Biersteker L, Dawes A, Lake L & Smith C (eds) South African Child Gauge 2013. Cape Town: Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town.


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This essay focuses on programmes that provide support around child behaviour management and parent–child relationships, and addresses the following questions: Why are parenting programmes important? What kinds of parenting programmes are needed in South Africa? How are parenting programmes best delivered and how can the quality of parent training programmes in South Africa be improved?