Family Affairs

Why Family Affairs?

Evidence suggests that parenting remains critical to young people’s sense of belonging, constructions of their sexuality, their interface with wider society and to their emotional and physical safety.

But poverty can make parenting a very difficult task - for instance, poverty increases the stress that parents experience when trying to provide for and protect their children. This makes emotionally distant, harsh and inconsistent parenting more likely - which in turn leads to poor health and risk behaviours in children negatively affecting the child/youth’s ability to self-manage, perform well at school and find employment.