There is just such a parenting programme in Ballymun which must be supported.

The Irish Times - Tuesday, March 20, 2012
 Study shows benefits of parenting programmes


NEW RESEARCH shows high-quality parenting programmes result in
improved child behaviour and provide major long-term benefits for both
families and the State.

Researchers from NUI Maynooth have found that while it costs about
€2,200 on average to deliver a programme per family, the health,
social and economic benefits are estimated to be worth €315,000 per

As well as reducing childhood behavioural problems, the parenting
programmes – particularly those delivered in group settings – are
shown to have a positive impact on the mental health of parents.

Conduct problems among children are linked to issues ranging from
higher rates of school drop-out to anti-social and criminal behaviour,
greater unemployment, psychiatric disorders, as well as drug and
alcohol abuse.

The lead authors of this review, Mairéad Furlong and Dr Sinéad
McGilloway, say the results of the review have particular significance
for policy-makers and could help guide decision-making over the
implementation of programmes aimed at targeting childhood conduct
problems in Ireland and elsewhere.

In Ireland figures show that 5-10 per cent of children between five
and 15 years of age present with clinically significant conduct
problems. The prevalence rates increase to 20 per cent in poorer

Overall, conduct problems are the most common reason for referral to
psychological and psychiatric services in childhood in Ireland.

Parenting programmes have become increasingly common as a way of
tackling childhood conduct problems by helping parents develop skills
to deal with their children’s difficulties.

The NUI Maynooth team reviewed 16,000 parenting programmes from the
US, Europe, Australia and China. However, the data was only rigorous
enough to review in the case of 15 parenting programmes from around
the world, including two in Ireland.

Overall, 10 of the included 15 studies involved an evaluation of the
Incredible Years parenting programme. This parenting programme was
developed about 30 years ago in the US by Prof Carolyn
Webster-Stratton, and is based on behavioural and social learning

The review provides evidence that these parenting programmes improved
childhood behaviour problems and the development of positive parenting
skills in the short term, while also reducing parental stress and

The analysis also found that programmes can be successfully
implemented within different service settings, and are effective for
families from all socioeconomic backgrounds, including those living in
the most disadvantaged areas.

Two of the studies were based on an Irish evaluation of the Incredible
Years programme.

All of the parenting programmes reviewed were delivered by two trained
facilitators and typically consisted of 10-14 weekly two-hour