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Last week the Parenting Research Centre released new research report Perceptions of parenting exploring how Australians conceptualise and understand effective parenting.  

The research confirms that greater effort is needed to effectively communicate the notion of parenting as a set of skills that can be acquired and improved through experiences. 

Some of the key points from the report include:

•    Parenting has the greatest impact on the long-term health and wellbeing of children
•    There are a number of major gaps between expert and public understanding of effective
•    There is a common assumption that ‘parenting comes naturally’. It is not thought to require
      intentional or conscious effort
•    A significant body of evidence has been developed by experts in the field, however much
     of this knowledge is inaccessible to the general public in Australia 
•    Many of Australians’ core cultural understanding and beliefs interfere with the reception and
     uptake of this expert knowledge – the issue needs to be reframed
•    Australians’ cultural models of parenting make them resistant to thinking about parenting as
     a conscious, skill-based practice that can be intentionally improved


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2016 Safe Children, Safe Families Pilot results.




2016 Nurturing Parent Project results



2016 CAPS program evaluation results.





Achieving School Success 

Today (Monday 2nd November) marks the launch a new training package to support newly arrived families and families from cultural diverse backgrounds in their transition into Australia.

The free, digital resource for the award-winning program, Achieving School Success, was developed to assist families from Non-English speaking backgrounds to navigate the Australian education system and services for children and families.

Initiated by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, the program assists parents to better support their school aged children by providing a safe and secure home, understanding how to navigate the education system and knowing where to turn to for assistance.

Achieving School Success represents a partnership between multiple community organisations and government departments and in 2014, won the Family and Community Services (FACS) Mary Dimech Multicultural Award for a team program.

“We know that families raising children in a new culture can face additional challenges” says Jeff Taylor of Child Abuse Prevention Service “The Achieving School Success online training package has been developed by multiple organisations specifically to enable the delivery of the program in communities across the country, and to help families from all cultures to support the wellbeing and development of their children as they grow up in Australia”.

Achieving School Success has already been delivered to hundreds of families across Greater Sydney, with demand for the program building. The free digital training package will mobilise the initiative and facilitate its use in all areas in Australia, even in the most remote of Australian communities.

The training package has been designed for easy use within the community sector and includes translated program resources, family activities, and content designed to explain the key features of the Australian education system and the importance of positive family support and safe home environments in child academic and life success.

The Achieving School Success training package can be downloaded for free from



CAPS Success at 2015 Zest Awards

The Zest awards is an annual event hosted by Western Sydney Community Forum to recognize the fantastic programs and people working in the sector. This award was presented by the NSW Premier, Hon Mike Baird at the Zest Awards Ceremony in February 2015. View the photos here


CAPS Program wins award

The Achieving School Success Program,   has won the 2014 Mary Dinmech Community Services Award. This innovative program has been developed by CAPS in partnership with multiple agencies in response to local child protection issues. It will be developed into a training package over the coming year for other community professionals to use.


Tuning Into Kids & Tuning Into Teens

Emotionally Intelligent Parenting

Join of of our FREE six session parenting program for parents. Our kids program is suitable for parents of children aged 2 - 8 and our teens program is suitable for parents of pre-teens and teenages.

Would you like to learn how to:

 be better at talking with your child?

 be better at understanding your child?

 help your child learn to manage their emotions?

 help to prevent behaviour problems in your child?

 teach your child to deal with conflict?

Tuning in to Kids and Tuning in to Teens shows you how to help your child develop emotional intelligence. Children with higher emotional intelligence:

 have greater success with making and keeping friends

 have better concentration at school

 are more able to calm down when upset or angry

 tend to have fewer childhood illnesses

Emotional intelligence may be a better predictor of academic and career success than IQ!

Email for the next available starting date!

To book into the course call 9716 7032