Short-term benefits from the Incredible Years Parents and Babies Programme in Powys
The Incredible Years parent and babies programme has been delivered widely across Wales, mainly in high disadvantage Flying Start areas, following training for group leaders funded by the Welsh Government. The programme targets parents and their babies during the first year of their life and contains all of the key components of effective parenting programmes, discussion, observation of effective parenting skills and practice. The Children and Young People’s partnership in Powys, a rural county in East Wales, incorporated the programmes into their early intervention/prevention strategy. This paper reports on the results from twelve groups with pre- and post-course measures from 79 (64%) group participants. Results showed significant benefits for parents in terms of improved mental health and parenting confidence post-course. These results provide short term evidence of effectiveness and confirm the decision by Powys to deliver this evidence informed programme.