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Parenting course offered to secondary schools

A parenting course aimed at 14 to 16-year-olds is being offered to secondary schools in a bid to prevent bad parenting and child abuse.

Jointly funded and developed by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the Welsh Joint Education Committee, the course, education for parenthood, will be available to secondary schools around the country in a fortnight's time.

The course is being introduced as concern mounts about the link between poor parenting and child behaviour. Philippa Broome, of the NSPCC in Wales, said the course was developed to fill a gap in the secondary school syllabus.

"We've been concerned about the lack of preparation for parenthood in school for a long time," she said.

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