$6.6m program in Qld budget to help mums and dads

QUEENSLAND parents will receive parenting support from a $6.6 million parenting program which will be part of next week's State Budget.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Triple P Positive Parenting Program would build parents' skills and confidence to give their kids the best start in life.

It will start later this year and be trialled for two years.

Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman said the scheme included an online program, topic-specific seminars, parent discussion groups and one-on-one consultations plus intensive, small group and individual programs.

It will be offered free of charge on a voluntary basis to parents of children 16 years old and under.

"We're aiming to help up to 140,000 parents over the two years and will train and give new skills to practitioners already working in the field at both government and non-government organisations," Treasurer Curtis Pitt said.

Triple P founder Professor Matt Sanders said it was designed to improve the health and wellbeing of entire communities.

"Triple P does this by giving parents simple but proven tools to parent effectively," he said.

"Children who grow up in a safe, loving, consistent and low-conflict environment with clear boundaries and limits are better equipped emotionally and are more likely to succeed at school, in relationships and in life."

- APN NEWSDESK



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