Publication

Publication name: Evaluation of the reach of play@home
Date: 04 August 2014
Description: In December 2013 a qualitative evaluation was commissioned to explore the reach of play@home and explore the attitudes and beliefs of vulnerable families on the purpose and importance of play and if, and in what ways, these parents/carers are supported to access and experience play@home.

The research audience was vulnerable families with knowledge of play@home from eight health board areas across Scotland. A total of 64 eligible participants took part in twelve focus groups and ten of the 64 participants also took part in individual face to face or telephone validation follow-up interviews. A three stage approach to data analysis consisted of: analysis of focus group data; analysis of follow-up interview data; and analysis of both data sets.

The report concluded that vulnerable parents in this study did not all receive or use the books, or receive additional support to help them use the books. Additionally there is a need to ensure the play messages reach fathers, particularly in communities where English is an additional language.

The report makes recommendations to enhance delivery of the play@home programme to better engage with vulnerable families and to explore further the needs of parents of disabled children to meet their specific play needs.
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