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Pamela Park from 'Parenting UK' has told ITV News that the government's free parenting class scheme in "money well spent". Ms Park said that the Can Parent website involved with the scheme had information from a "trusted source".
Caitriona Row, a parent at the Coram Parents' Centre has told ITV News that "every parent needs help" but hopes that the government's free parenting class scheme will not "take away" from existing children's services.
Mary Rose Brady, head of Coram Parents' Centre has told ITV News that the government's free parenting classes will "firmly put control in the hands of the parents" and are an 'addition' to existing children's services.
High Peak in Derbyshire is one of three trial areas for the Government's free parenting class scheme, which will also be tested in Middlesbrough and Camden in north London.
If successful, the classes could be extended throughout England and Wales.
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The Prime Minister was asked today if the money going towards the government's new free parenting classes should be put towards existing children's services such as the Sure Start scheme. Mr Cameron responded:
Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg has said the Prime Minister's new parenting initiative needs to be 'value for money':
Former Welfare Minister for the Labour party Frank Field told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that there is an 'increasing amount of inadequate parenting':
The Prime Minister has told ITV1's Daybreak that free parenting classes "should take away the stigma of asking for help" and argues that the scheme is not part of a "nanny state policy".
Free parenting classes are not a "nanny state" policy, David Cameron insisted as he unveiled a number of initiatives aimed at helping families.
The scheme, known as Can Parent, is said to be the brainchild of the Prime Minister's strategy adviser Steve Hilton.
Courts can already impose such classes on parent of unruly children, but ministers hope that with the involvement of chemist Boots offering vouchers, it will persuade families to see them as normal ante-natal classes.
David Cameron flies to Washington today for talks with the French and American Presidents ahead of a summit on the economic crisis this weekend. Before that he'll launch a new government scheme - to teach parenting skills. Daybreak's Political Editor Sue Jameson has more.