Public consultations for the development of a National Policy on Parenting

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services engaged several members of the public, including teachers, parents and other social services delivery agencies in a dialogue regarding the Draft Green Paper on Parenting.

The Ministry is seeking public comments on the development towards developing a National Parenting Policy. Five (5) public consultations are set to take place in April to engage stakeholders from Central, South, North East, East and Tobago.

The main objectives of the consultations are to gather information/feedback/input from relevant stakeholders to inform the preparation of a revised National Parenting Policy for T&T as well as prepare the Revised National Parenting Policy for T&T to enable submission to Cabinet for consideration as a white paper.

“As the Ministry charged with the responsibility of attaining the social development objectives of government, we recognise the importance of our role in fostering healthy family functioning and building strong families.  I am also pleased to inform you that the Parenting Policy will be supplemented by the introduction of a National Values, Attitudes and Behaviours initiative, which will include as one component the incorporation of the VABs into the family unit through the services of the Ministry” said Dennis Williams, Deputy Permanent Secretary in his welcome remarks.

The Ministry anticipates that the outcome of the consultations will see the Green Paper converted into a White Paper and submitted for Cabinet’s approval.

A High Level stakeholder seminar took place on March 23rd, with Government ministries, agencies, academia and other targeted civil society and religious organizations.  A common thread throughout both sessions was the importance of parents working with teachers through greater participation and collaboration at PTA Meetings and also the need to incorporate support mechanisms for single parents in the policy.

In the upcoming weeks, the Ministry will also engage members of the public, parents, teachers and students, as well as NGO groups, in focus group sessions towards the completion of a first draft of the National Policy on Parenting for Trinidad and Tobago.

The consultation took place on Friday April 6, 2018.

The next session is scheduled for April 17, 2018 at the NESC compound, Couva, beginning at 5:00 pm.  For further information, persons may call 623 – 2608; Ext. or email npptt@social.gov.tt.

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