Year Published: 2016

Authors: Inge Wessels, Soraya Lester and Catherine L Ward

Publisher: Institute for Security Studies

Suggested Citation: Wessels I, Lester S and Ward CL (2016) Engagement in parenting programmes: exploring facilitators of and barriers to participation (Policy brief 82). Institute for Security Studies.


The large-scale delivery of evidence-based parenting programmes is key to nation building in South Africa. In order to achieve change, parents must participate in these programmes. This policy brief aims to contribute to an understanding of participation by exploring the barriers and facilitators encountered by a sample of parents who were invited to take part in one of two local parenting programmes.