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Parenting programme improves sleep

The Race Equality Foundation has launched an evaluation looking at the impact of the Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities parenting programme.

Based on pre and post programme data from 324 parents from across England, the evaluation shows:

  • Between PRE and POST questionnaires there was a significant improvement in total sleep scores and a significant reduction in the number of participants reporting clinically significant sleep problems (down from about 1 in 2 to about 1 in 5).
  • There was also a significant reduction in psychological distress scores and a halving of the number of participants who would be considered to be ‘highly likely to be depressed’, from 32% at the start of the course to under 15% by the end.

The significance of sleep for health is beginning to be much better understood, and therefore when a programme such as SFSC demonstrates benefits for sleep, there are highly likely knock on effects for overall wellbeing.

The report can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/y264fh32

You will also find a short video interview with Professor Yvonne Kelly on the importance of sleep and its impact on parenting.