Good enough parenting
- Meeting children’s health and developmental needs;
- Putting children’s needs first;
- Providing routine and consistent care;
- Acknowledging problems and engaging with support services.
I think there’s that baseline … those basic things of the stimulation, the love, the warmth … they’re basic needs that human beings need to survive. (Family support worker)
I think it’s a pretty subjective thing, the whole concept behind it is rather vague … I guess you’re talking about the lowest common denominator really. (Paediatrician)
I think it’s trying your best. It’s not always about things you can give your children … I think more importantly it’s spending the time with your children and listening to them, giving them attention. (Family support worker)
Good parenting would mean that the parents or the carers themselves regard their family as the first priority. (Paediatrician)
- Neglecting basic needs
- Putting adults’ needs first
- Chaos and lack of routine
- An unwillingness to engage with support services
The texts in the ‘See Also’ section below were used when creating this week’s materials – you can consult them for more information on the topic. It should be stressed however that there is no obligation to buy any book for this course.Parents who have issues going on in their own lives, such as depression, or poor mental health, or difficult relationships and they can’t prioritise their children’s needs over their own needs or parents where there are drug and alcohol misuse and they prioritise their need for that over the needs of their child. (Health visitor)
Caring for Vulnerable Children
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