Parenting, Child Wellbeing and Development

Map pin The St. Regis Hotel
Doha, Qatar
Calendar 23 - 24 October 2018
9:00 - 16:00
2018/10/23 9:00:00 2018/10/24 16:00:00 UTC Parenting, Child Wellbeing and Development International Conference The St. Regis Hotel Doha, Qatar DIFI


Conference Overview

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.



  • Highlight the importance of investing in parents and parenting strategies, programs, laws and policies at all levels;
  • Identify the different approaches adopted by governments around the world to support parents and promote positive parenting practices;
  • Present and discuss evidence on main challenges facing parents and possible responses to them;
  • Promote parenting-specific policies and programs to support parents and caregivers;
  • Identify and showcase examples of evidence-based and innovative parenting programs from around the world.

Proposed Section Themes

  • Parenting matters
  • Supporting working parents
  • Parenting in humanitarian contexts
  • Parental conflict and absence
  • Parenting in the digital era: Opportunities and challenges
  • Investing in parenting education programs
  • Parenting children living with disabilities
  • Parenting children with behavioral problems
  • Parenting across the Arab region

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