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Howley, Derval and Kavanagh, Mick (2010) Evaluation of the Ballyfermot Strengthening Families Programme. Dublin: Ballyfermot Star.

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The Strengthening Families Programme (SFP) is an internationally recognised parenting and family skills initiative for high-risk families. It was developed by Dr. Karol Kumpfer, a Professor of Health Promotion and Education in the University of Utah. Initially, it was designed as a prevention strategy for 6 – 12 year old high risk children of substance abusing parents.

It has now developed as an evidence-based family skills training programme which has been found through research
to significantly reduce problem behaviours, delinquency, alcohol and drug abuse in children.

It has also been shown to improve the families’ social competencies and child’s school performance. It reduces the risk of child neglect as parents strengthen the bonds they have with their children and learn more effective parenting skills.

The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) along with fifteen other independent studies have found positive results in thefollowing key areas:

Improved parenting knowledge and skills,
Improved family relationships,
Improved children’s social skills and behaviour.


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