Professor Ron Prinz visits Birmingham

On August 1st Professor Ron Prinz, Director of the Parenting & Family Centre at the University of South Carolina, came to Birmingham as a guest of the West Midlands Combined Authority to talk about his experiences in setting up a Positive Parenting Programme in Carolina as part of a Randomised Controlled Trial.

The key learning from his talk was the importance of offering a universal service badged as a Public Health programme, rather than targeting specific groups of parents, (eg where domestic violence or child mental health problems were a feature); this meant that there was no stigma attached to participation.

The discussion afterwards made very relevant connections with local work in relation to Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma informed care and Inspector Sean Russell (Mental Health Commission Lead for the West Midlands Combined Authority) is setting up a Task and Finish Group to take this work forward.