Background

This study examines the effectiveness of Save the Children’s Families First with Home Visitation Program (FFHVP), an adaptation of the Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting (PDEP) program to the West Java context.

The FFHVP is a pilot intervention that aims to prevent violence that young children experience in the home. The FFHVP provides parents with training on child development, positive discipline practices, and support to connect families with community resources and government social protection schemes. By intervening early, the program is also designed to reduce the likelihood that children will be placed in institutional care, either voluntarily by their parents or involuntarily as a result of intervention by social workers. This study, therefore, examines the extent to which parents change their attitudes towards the use of harsh discipline and their understanding of local support mechanisms.