Parenting matters. It is viewed by academics, policymakers and practitioners as the most essential influence on child development and wellbeing. Parenting could also contribute to development in terms of improving education and health outcomes, promoting gender equality and preventing the reproduction of vulnerability. In fact, the role of parents in achieving child wellbeing has been emphasized in international documents, such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which recognizes that “the child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding” and as such, requires member states to ensure that “the family, as the fundamental group of society and the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members and particularly children, should be afforded the necessary protection and assistance so that it can fully assume its responsibilities within the community”. Hence, support for parents and parenting has always been a focus of family policies around the world.
Therefore, the Doha International Family Institute selected the theme of (Parenting, Child Wellbeing and Development) for its International Conference which will be held in Doha, Qatar on the 23-24, Oct 2018. The Conference will provide a platform for policy makers, practitioners, researchers and representatives of civil society organizations from around the world to discuss and debate parenting issues and propose interventions to support parenting.