Delivering to culturally diverse and migrant families: Why are these families under-represented in family support programs?

Supporting culturally diverse and migrant families will be a strong theme of this month’s Helping Families Change Conference in Amsterdam.

A presentation by Professor Trees Pels, chair of Parenting in the Multi-ethnic City at VU University, will be one of a number of presentations and workshops based on the theme of working with ethnically and culturally diverse families at the conference at Beurs Van Berlage, Amsterdam, from February 25-27.

Professor Pels will look at why migrant parents are under-represented in the family support system and ask if it’s because professionals working in the area are not yet fully equipped to deal with diverse social, cultural and religious backgrounds.

A senior researcher and expert on diversity issues at the Verwey-Jonker Institute, as well as professor at the VU University, Professor Pels will discuss implementation of Triple P in multi-ethnic populations in the Netherlands.

As well as Professor Pels’ presentation, a large number of symposiums will tackle this theme on each day of the conference.

On the final day, a Masterclass by Professor Matt Sanders, director of the University of Queensland’s Parenting and Family Support Centre and founder of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, will give Triple P providers valuable tools to enhance their work with families.

To view the program for this year’s event, go here: