Policies - Hodge believes ethnic minorities and fathers
parent without help
A £15m fund to help teach parents the skills needed
to bring up their children was unveiled by the Government
A national family charity will distribute the cash to voluntary
organisations in a bid to improve the support available to
The major grants, up to £350,000 each, will be targeted
at groups such as ethnic minority families and fathers who
often have less support available to them.
The Parenting Fund was announced by Minister for Children
The money, available in England only, will be distributed
over two years.
Ms Hodge said, "Parenting is one of the most difficult
jobs we do in life, yet support and help is often not readily
"Parents are the most important influence on a child's
life and good parenting in the home has a greater impact on
a child's education attainment level than any other factor.
"Most parents turn first to family or friends for support,
but sometimes they may want extra help. We need to make sure
that support is available to parents, when and where they
The National and Family Parenting Institute will hand out
Chief executive Mary MacLeod said, "Support for families
and parenting are key to improving outcomes for children and
this fund will help to demonstrate what can be achieved if
resources are directed to supporting families through voluntary
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