Parents at Work: Distance without Separation workshop supports workers who are separated from their children and immediate families. Many migrant workers were themselves left-behind children. Not having benefitted from a nurturing parental relationship, they often become emotionally detached from their own child and seek work away from home, with the intention of trying to give their child opportunities they didn't have. However, in this quest to become a better provider, many parents underestimate the fundamental needs and rights of a child.  

Targeted Audience: 

Working parents with children aged 0 - 18 years old, especially migrant workers separated from their children. 

Training Topics:

The training program is made up of three modules:

  • Module 1 - Parents' Wellbeing: is intended to help parents come to terms with the separation from their child, their choice to work in a distant city and become more aware of their own emotions.  
  • Module 2 - Understanding your Child: was developed to help parents understand the emotional and physical needs of their child at various stages of development. Additionally, it offers tools and activities to strengthen the parent-child bond when they do have the opportunity to be with each other.
  • Module 3 - Remote Parenting: gives practical guidance how parents can effectively communicate and engage with their child, despite not being able to live with them. This module also offers tools and activities to strengthen the parent-child bond when they do have the opportunity to be with each other.

Training Objectives: 

Parents at Work: Distance without Separation aims to break the cycle of detachment and give parents the support and tools they need to ensure their child is not just materially looked after, but emotionally as well. The premise for this program is that with the wellbeing of the parent and their family taken into account, the parent will be a much more focused and happy worker. Specifically, the trainings aim to:

  • Increase the sense of value as a parent and lead a happier and healthier life
  • Understand the rights and needs of the child at different ages for better communication with and support to their children
  • Develop effective remote communication skills with their children to build closer relationships


The training applies a participatory learning approach, using methods of questions & answers, group activities, videos, role plays and case studies. The trainer(s) will lead the participants through each sessions and facilitate the discussions on their concerns and solutions/best practices in dealing with their children. Interaction with participants takes place throughout the training, and experience sharing and learning among participants themselves are equally critical to the success of the training.

This program includes training impact assessment and evaluation follow-ups and parent training handbooks.  Additionally, CCR CSR and the client will identify and train personnel on site to continue to promote and support migrant parents. We have also successfully set up online parenting communities for our clients to ensure the sustainability of this program.

Impact Assessment: 

Measuring and evaluating the impact of these trainings on staff and managers is important for both clients to see the results of the trainings and for CCR CSR to guarantee continuous quality of the trainings. Our impact assessment tools measure the following: 
  • Feedback: Participants fill-out pre- and post-training feedback questionnaires that measure the extent of participants’ appreciation towards the trainings 
  • Increase in knowledge: A pre- and post-training questionnaire evaluates whether participants’ knowledge increased
  • Change of behavior: A series of pre- and post-training interviews ascertain whether and how participants implement the training in their daily work
  • Impact: A worker survey evaluates whether or not the training had the desired impact on workers (e.g. reduced conflict, increased work satisfaction rate and retention, reduced absenteeism etc.)
Training Materials:

The training package consists of a booklet and handouts that participants can keep and take home.


"I always thought if I could feed my child well, I had nothing else to worry about. After the training, I realized that I should pay more attention to my child’s mental health. I feel very sorry for my child that I neglected that part in the past. I’ve started to change and taken more responsibilities as a mother." A mother from a factory in Dongguan who took part in the parent training

Related Study:

In 2013, CCR CSR conducted a ground-breaking study on working migrant parents and the effect separation with their children has on their performance and work-related decision making. View more here