The Parenting Network's Prebudget Submission 2024

Since the establishment of the Parenting Network it has hosted a number of key events and published position papers and recommendations.

2019: Successful Implementation of Parenting Support Policy

The launch of, First 5: A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and Families in 2018 followed by its Implementation Plan in 2019 marked a key milestone for parenting support policy in the Republic of Ireland (ROI).

In light of this, the Parenting Network hosted a seminar to explore the concept of policy implementation and the implications for successful policy implementation of parenting support policy.


The learning from this seminar will inform a subsequent position paper.

 2015: ‘Supporting Parents: Sharing good practice, models and approaches.

This comprehensive conference showcased best practice examples of work in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The key note speech was:

  • ‘Risks, relationships and repair’ delivered by Robin Balbernie, Clinical Director of Parent Infant Partnership UK.

The conference brought together policy makers, academics and practitioners.

2013: ‘An all-Island symposium : Towards a Parenting Strategy’.

The symposium explored Parenting Support from a policy perspective with inputs from:

  • Professor Mary Daly, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford
  • Marion Macleod, Senior Policy and Parliamentary Officer, Children in Scotland

Presentation material and videos of the event are available

National Policy – Ireland

National Policy – Northern Ireland