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Almost half of UK parents think parenting classes should be compulsory

Posted on 17 April 2016

Research from SunLife reveals parents would back Cameron’s proposals to introduce parenting advice

New research from insurer SunLife reveals that almost half (45%) of parents with children under the age of 16 think parenting classes should be compulsory for first time parents.

SunLife also found that the younger the parent is, the more likely they are to support compulsory parenting classes.

Just over a third (36%) of parents aged 40 and over think classes should be mandatory, but this rises to more than half (52%) for parents under 40 and up to 59% of those parents aged 25-29.

Both men (46% overall) and women (43% overall) are almost equally as keen on the idea.

The support for compulsory parenting classes is fairly evenly spread throughout the UK, however, in London, 58% support compulsory parenting classes compared to just over a third (34%) in the south west.

Some people interviewed believed that parenting classes should be compulsory for specific groups of people, such as teenage parents, those with deprived backgrounds, people with alcohol or drug problems and those with criminal records.

Ian Atkinson, head of brand at SunLife, said: “It’s interesting to see that younger parents are keener on parenting classes being compulsory – though whether that’s because they feel they would have personally benefited or because they see others in their lives who they think would benefit, we don’t know.

“It would also be interesting to know whether people think parenting classes should be a compulsory subject at school or college, in addition to the academic subjects young people study. After all, being a parent is arguably the most important job in the world, so it’s understandable that so many of us think some formal guidance for all would be a good idea.”

SunLife highlights some of the resources that parents can use for help and guidance, including Help with family life and parenting and Start4Life.

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