Helping par­ents to be their best

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

MT Law­ley is the home of a new Cen­tre for Par­ent­ing Ex­cel­lence.

The cen­tre was re­cently opened by Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Paul Miles and Pro­fes­sor Stephen Zubrick of the Telethon Kids In­sti­tute in Su­bi­aco.

Mr Miles said the cen­tre would en­cour­age “best prac­tice in par­ent­ing ser­vices”.

“The Govern­ment recog­nises the pro­found im­por­tance of par­ent­ing in giv­ing chil­dren the best pos­si­ble start in life,” he said.

“The cen­tre has been estab­lished to work with com­mu­nity sec­tor providers and govern­ment to im­prove the avail­abil­ity and qual­ity of par­ent­ing ser­vices and pro­vide bet­ter co-or­di­na­tion of ser­vices.”

The steer­ing com­mit­tee for the cen­tre in­cludes Jen­nifer Mathews, Ch­eryl Bar­nett, Garry He­witt, Trulie Pin­negar, Colin Pet­tit, Irina Cat­tal­ini and Dr Ch­eryl Kick­ett-Tucker.

Mr Miles said one of the first tasks of the new cen­tre would be to un­der­take a map­ping of par­ent­ing ser­vices across WA, as rec­om­mended in a 2015 re­port by the Com­mis­sioner for Chil­dren and Young Peo­ple.

“I am very confident the com­mit­tee will work suc­cess­fully with the par­ent­ing sec­tor to achieve re­sults for West­ern Aus­tralian par­ents,” he said.

Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Paul Miles (cen­tre) opens the Cen­tre for Par­ent­ing Ex­cel­lence in Mt Law­ley.

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