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Latest press release:
(11 January 2016)
FPH welcomes Prime Minister’s call for parenting classes
The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) today (11 January 2016) welcomed reports in the media that the Prime Minister will announce that families will be able to receive vouchers for parenting classes. The Prime Minister is reported to be giving a speech today in which he will announce plans for a parenting classes voucher scheme.
Professor John Ashton, President of the UK Faculty of Public Health, said: "We agree with the Prime Minister that parenting is the hardest job anyone has to do, and that every parent can benefit from the kind of support and advice that classes offer. We welcome his focus on this important public health issue that affects all families, regardless of their income.
"For those who are sceptical about whether anyone needs a class to bring up their children, there is ample evidence that people who attend parenting classes find them useful.
"From a public health perspective, there is very good evidence that the early years of every child’s life are critical in determining how healthy they will be once they reach adulthood. That’s why FPH supports the recommendations of the 1,001 Critical Days manifesto, which provides evidence for the best ways to give a baby the very best start in life and has cross-party support.
"The challenge of parenting children is just one faced by families; financial pressures, particularly those who are in low-paid work, can be considerable. That is why FPH also supports a living wage for everyone in paid employment and training."