Listening to children: Evaluation of a positive parenting programme through art‐based research

Ainoa Mateos, M. Àngels Balsells, Nuria Fuentes‐Peláez, María José Rodrigo - Children & Society


This paper presents data from a unique programme evaluation of the parenting programme titled ‘Learning together, growing as a family’ applied in 14 cities in Spain and targeting families at risk of neglectful behaviour. The programme evaluation is based on the voices of children using the qualitative methodology of art‐based research. Eighty‐six children 6–12 years of age were interviewed in groups. The outcomes of the evaluation reveal that children perceive improvements in the parental competencies of their parents and in themselves and that these changes serve as a catalyst for positive family change.