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National Academy for Parenting Research (NAPR)

About us

Based in the Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College, London, we are a team of psychologists, clinicians and researchers working under the direction of Professor Stephen Scott (Director of Research and Professor of Child Health and Behaviour).

The aim of NAPR’s research is to:

  • gather and evaluate the best quality evidence in parenting practice
  • use this evidence to refine programmes, training and service organisation
  • communicate these evidence based findings to practitioners who can then use evidence-based practice in their day-to-day work.

What's our research ethos?

Our research programme is evidence-based. This is when knowledge of the best external research, evaluation based evidence and practitioner expertise are combined together to identify best practice that has been proven to work under the most rigorous research conditions.

We use scientific and systematic approaches to identify parenting programmes that work because the methods we recommend have been repeatedly tested and challenged. For example, we use Randomised Controlled Trials (commonly used in medical and drug research) where participants are randomly put into groups that receive the programme or treatment and a control group that doesn't. This tests whether the intervention works or not.

By doing many Randomised Control Trials across different settings over a period of time we are then able to scientifically measure whether the programme works.

Evidence-based approaches are gaining popularity in different professions and sectors (social services, policing, health care) that are adopting evidence based approaches because using something that is proven to work is, in the long run more time and cost effective than something that doesn't.

Our research approach ensures that we can refine and improve parenting practitioners skills and the quality of the programmes they use to meet children's needs effectively. Service organisers (e.g. local authorities) are then in a position to commission and deliver the best programmes and training that are proven to work.

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