NHS Health Scotland

Background to the National Parenting Outcomes Framework

The National Parenting Strategy is the Scottish Government’s strategy that sets out ‘one clear purpose: to act as a vehicle for valuing, equipping and supporting parents to be the best that they can be so that they, in turn, can give the children and young people of Scotland the best start in life.’

The aim of the work presented here was to develop an outcomes framework which identifies the key outcomes for the National Parenting Strategy and specifies actions which could be undertaken to achieve them. The framework is intended to support an outcome-focused and evidence-informed approach to planning and performance.

Before progressing to look at the models and evidence, it is recommended that time is taken to read the introductory sections of the full outcomes framework which explain the design development and applications of the framework, and also highlight some important underlying assumptions, issues and challenges.