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Thursday, 24th November 2011

UK: Where now for parenting? Perspectives on parenting, policy and practice

Source: Family & Parenting Institute

From the Introduction:

In the midst of the national soul-searching that followed the disturbances of August 2011, one explanation soon came to dominate: the idea that poor parenting had somehow paved the way for civil unrest. Going even further, some commentators lamented the decline of traditional family values as one of a driver of the social disintegration. Initial polls suggested that the general public concurred with this diagnosis, blaming poor parenting as the driver of the behaviour of looters.

This divisive debate about the ‘causes’ of the riots is unlikely to be definitively resolved. Although work is now underway to analyse the triggers that prompted the unrest of the summer, it is unlikely the specific role of parenting and family life will ever be fully disentangled from the other complex factors at work. But the public conversation it has generated - while confused in some respects - has served to bring several issues into focus and to pose number of challenges to those of us who work on behalf of families.

In the run up to Parents’ Week 2011, The Family and Parenting Institute (FPI) invited a range of commentators and organisations to consider the pressures on modern parenting, what can be learnt from the reaction to riots and what these developments might mean for parenting policy. 

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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