Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 250 million or 43% of children under five in low- and middle-income countries were at risk of not achieving their developmental potential. One billion children also experienced violence each year. COVID-19 has resulted in increased rates of violence against children and reduced educational outcomes. As a result, children and adolescents are experiencing more physical, emotional and sexual abuse, and exploitation, putting them at greater risk for school dropout, unemployment, neurological deficits, sexual risk behaviour, adolescent pregnancy, and violence in the next generation. Evidence-based parenting programmes, including the Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) suite, which are typically delivered in-person, have been shown to be effective at improving child and family outcomes, but availability and access is limited for most of the world’s parents. The global pandemic has opened up a set of new possibilities in terms of digital and hybrid-digital delivery options that could address this accessibility issue, reaching more parents and families around the world.