Parental participation in Sure Start Jolly Giraffe The role and effectiveness of the Parents’ Forum
AbstractThe aim of the commissioned research project was to examine Sure Start Jolly Giraffe’s model for facilitating parental participation. Commitment to, and evidence of, user involvement is now included as a central theme in the design and delivery of initiatives which impact upon individuals and their communities. An additional and increasingly prominent issue for scrutiny is the effectiveness and significance of the methods selected by service providers for promoting consultation and participation. A key principle of the Sure Start initiative is the transparent involvement of service users in all aspects of programme decision making. A further requirement of local programmes is to provide evidence of parental consultation and participation. Sure Start guidance places significant emphasis on the need for local programmes to provide relevant and appropriate services to match the needs of their communities. In acknowledging Jolly Giraffe’s parents’ group, the Parents’ Forum, as the primary arena for parental feedback in the programme, a need was identified for an in-depth examination of its role, processes and impact.
CitationMann, F. & Perry, C. (2006). Parental participation in Sure Start Jolly Giraffe The role and effectiveness of the Parents’ Forum. Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester.
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