Draft of Positive Parenting Tools and Methods Discussed

Relevant officials and development partners are gathering at Siem Reap to discuss and generate inputs to draft guiding tools and methodologies for positive parenting.

The comprehensive five-day discussion, from Oct. 1 to 5, was facilitated by the Ministry of Women's Affairs in cooperation with concerned ministries, universities, and development partners, including Save the Children, UNICEF and Child Fund.

According to a national study by the Royal Government of Cambodia and UNICEF in 2013, over 50 per cent of children in the Kingdom have experienced some form of violence, and parents were the most common perpetrators of physical and emotional violence directed to children.

Although a family is the primary safety net for children, many parents and caregivers suffering hardships believe their children are better off in residential care, unaware of the risks and have little knowledge of more suitable alternatives, wrote the source, adding that this often results in unnecessary family separation.

The guiding document being discussed intends to introduce effective tools and methodologies in child-raising based on mutual respect that provides children with safe, stable and nurturing environments so they can develop into healthy, respectful and productive adults.

It is expected that once put into use, the guiding document will contribute to preventing violence against children and helping keep families together by promoting positive parenting.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press