Parents DEAL

Parents and caregivers build a mutually supportive environment together to address the challenges they face bringing up their children.

Parents, caregivers, and other key adults play important roles in the lives of children. The challenges faced by children and young people in the DEALS groups are often related to their families: family disputes, parents who have passed away, violence in the home, or parents who are, for a variety of reasons, not able to take care of their children. Therefore adults also need to be engaged in order to fully support childen's healthy development. 

Through PARENTS DEAL caregivers explore concepts of child development and wellbeing, child rights and parental responsibilities. Together caregivers find solutions for the challenges they face, and enhance their ability to care for their children in a practical and relevant way.

Running PARENTS DEAL parallel to I DEAL proves to be effective for promoting lasting change in the lives of children and their families. 

PARENTS DEAL modules

1. Getting to know each other
Who are we?
Participants get to know each other and establish group rules. They share their experiences as parents and caregivers.

 

2. Challenges and strengths
How can we use our strengths to deal with the challenges we face?
Participants define their strengths and the challenges they face with regards to the care and support of their children, and they determine a personal goal for the intervention.
 

3. Childhood
What is childhood?
Participants gain an understanding of the psychosocial development of their children and the challenges their children may face. They will feel better able to support the healthy psychosocial development of their children in line with their cultural norms and traditions. 

4. Rights and responsibilities
How can parents best ensure the rights of their children ?
Participants understand the concepts of rights in general and of child rights specially. Participants feel better equipped to assume their responsibilities to respect, protect, and fulfil their children’s rights on a daily basis and advocate for these rights together with their children. 

5. Future
How will we care for and support our children in the future ?
Participants reflect on the lessons learned during the intervention, including their personal goals, challenges, and strengths. They explore ideas on how they can continue to strengthen the care and support of their children. They decide if and how they want to continue as a group, in the future.