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WHO guidelines on parenting interventions to prevent maltreatment and enhance parent–child relationships with children aged 0–17 years

Child maltreatment is a global public health problem that can have detrimental and long-lasting effects on children’s development and health. It occurs most frequently at the hands of parents and caregivers. These guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations on interventions for parents and caregivers of children aged 0–17 years that are designed to reduce child maltreatment and harsh parenting, enhance the parent–child relationship, and prevent poor parent mental health and child emotional and behavioral problems. The guidelines are relevant to low-, middle- and high-income countries and are intended for a wide audience, including policymakers, development agencies and implementing partners, government health and social workers, and nongovernmental organizations.

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