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Family Matters@School

Brief introduction on FamilyMatters@School Evidence-Based Parenting Programmes (Triple P and Signposts)  

FamilyMatters@School is a school-based programme that offers parents and students easy access to family life education (FLE) programmes and resources. The programme seeks to:

a) Equip parents with the skills and knowledge to:

      • Enrich and strengthen their family life; and
      • Foster better parent-child understanding and relationship;
b) Equip students with:

      • Skills to build healthy relationships with their peers and family; and
      • Positive values and attitudes towards family, relationships and life in general
Under the FamilyMatters@School programme, Ministry of Social and Family Development is embarking on a 2-year pilot (April 2014 – March 2016) to introduce evidence-based parenting programmes (namely, Triple P and Signposts) to further enhance parent–child relationships. 

Here is some background information on the Triple P and Signposts:

      • Triple P   (Positive Parenting Program ) is a parenting and family support strategy that aims to prevent severe behavioural, emotional and developmental problems in children by enhancing the knowledge, skills and confidence of parents. It is one of the few parenting programmes in the world that has been scientifically proven to work. It has been rigorously tested and evaluated in more than 150 international clinical trials and studies, and found to be effective in reducing problem behaviour in children and improving parents’ wellbeing and parenting skills.
      • Signposts   ( ) aims to help parents design a personalised programme that suits the unique needs of their child and develop strategies to prevent and manage difficult behaviour. Signposts was first evaluated by a scientific study of 115 families and later through a Australian Statewide trial involving 3,000 families. Both studies showed positive outcomes for parents and children. Parents were more confident and less stressed in their parenting role and children’s difficult behaviours improved and their positive behaviours increased.

Research Findings and Useful Tips on Parenting

Dear Parents,
We like to share with you two articles containing research findings and useful tips on parenting. The first article titled “How not to talk to your kids” discusses how the use of praise can sometimes adversely influence a child’s learning. The second article “Raising successful children” talks about the dilemmas of parenting and the distinction between good and bad parental involvement. The articles can be accessed at the links provided below:
We also like to share with you the article on "Parenting for the Teenage Years" presentations about some tips on how parents can support their children during this phase of life (in their teens) and how going about dealing with social media platforms.
We hope that you would find the articles useful and please do share the links with more parents around you.