Parents play a key role in ensuring the health and wellbeing of children. The Victorian Parenting Centre is a research and training organisation committed to developing and disseminating effective supports for families in the challenging task of raising their children.

What’s New 
ABCD Parenting Young Adolescents website goes live
We are pleased to announce that the unique online program support system for the ABCD Program has now gone live.  The website, based on the principles of the program, increases the breadth and availability of information to parents and the professionals who work with them   You can access the site by clicking on the following link www.abcdparenting.org

Employment Opportunity: Writer
We are seeking a talented writer to produce parenting information products, program resources and promotional materials.  This newly created position is an excellent opportunity for someone with a vital interest in children and parenting.  In addition to having excellent writing skills and the capacity to communicate complex ideas in a simple and elegant manner, the staff writer would be committed to a scientific world view, have a strong team work orientation, and be able to work to tight deadlines.
Please click on the link below for a position description.

$1.43 million for Signposts Program
The State Government has committed $1.43 million over four years to the expansion of the Signposts program.

Out of School Hours and Vacation Care Staff-Parent Partnerships
Services that provide Out Of School Hours and Vacation Care programs play an important role in supporting families in the care of their children. We have developed resources and training to support staff in such programs, with the aim of improving parent-staff relationships, especially for families who are vulnerable to a range of pressures on their parenting. 

Media and its effects on children and young people
A useful resource for parents, and those otherwise interested in the effects of media on children and young people, is the website of  Young Media Australia or YMA. The website provides information for parents and others that will assist in making sound decisions about children’s media experiences. In particular, on issues such as the effect violence in the media has on children and young people. Visit their website at www.youngmedia.org.au and explore the support available, which includes a Helpine, a movie review service and lots of other information. By becoming a member of YMA you can also receive access to their library of research and information on a range of issues involving the media. 

Professional training
A series of workshops for professionals has now been confirmed. These one-day workshops, facilitated by Warren Cann, introduce participants to the latest evidence-based parenting strategies that encourage beneficial outcomes for professionals and their clients.  They include the popular workshops: Process Issues in Parenting Consultation, Enhancing Parental Coping and >Managing Non-compliance in Children. For more information about other training sessions click on Events and Training. 

New Board Members
We are very pleased to announce that Ms Ethel McAlpine
(General Manager, School Resources Division, Office of School Education, Victorian Department of Education & Training) and Mrs Elinor Graham (Strategic Marketing and Communications Consultant) have joined the VPC Board of Management

Proceedings of the Strengthening Every Family Forum now available
Including copies of the four keynote presentations.

Best Practice in Parenting Education: Supporting parents who have learning difficulties
We have released our first Best Practice in Parenting Education paper on the topic: Understanding and supporting parents with learning difficulties. Follow the link to download a copy, or contact the Centre for information on how to order.