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Research and analysis

Which type of parenting programme best improves child behaviour and reading? The Helping Children Achieve trial

This report assessed the effectiveness of 3 parenting programmes to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve reading in deprived inner-city primary school children.

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This report describes the Helping Children Achieve (HCA) study, a randomised control trial undertaken between February 2008 and March 2012 assessing the effectiveness of three different parenting programmes to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve reading, in primary school children living in an inner disadvantaged London Borough and a South West city.

The lessons from this trial should provide vital information on the relative effectiveness of different types of parenting programmes to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve literacy and the potential for rolling out the programmes more widely.