If you are a parent looking for support for your family, please have a look at the information below about the parent support programmes and courses available, including those for parents with children with disabilities.
The Incredible Years course
This is a 12 week course for parents of primary school aged children (two and half hours per session including break). This course can help with various aspects including, helping your children reach their potential, manage behaviour through praise, parent-child relationship and new ways of dealing with common problems.
Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities course
This is a 13-week course, for parents of three to 18-year-olds (three hours per session held once a week). This course can help with various aspects including, strategies for dealing with problems, positive relationships for you and your children and confidence and skills to make home life more bearable.
Group Teen Triple P course
This is an eight-week course, for parents of 11 to 18 year olds (three hours per weekly session). This course will. This course can help with various aspects including help you to manage teenage behaviour and enable young people to learn new skills that will teach independence and self-discipline, work on problem-solving and help to decrease negative behaviour.
Enhanced Triple P, Pathways and Stepping Stones parenting programmes
The Triple P – Positive Parenting Programme is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programmes in the world. Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them confidently manage their children’s behaviour, prevent problems developing and build strong, healthy relationships.
Enhanced Triple P
This is like a mix-and-match selection of help options. First, you and your Triple P practitioner get together to work out what special support you need. You then choose from three mini-courses (modules) – selecting ones that are right for you. You can do one, two or all three of these mini-courses. You’ll do these in private, usually in your own home. It’s all about giving you individual attention.
Pathways Triple P (PTP) is usually an individual programme for parents or carers who would benefit from individual support, particularly around relationships, stress and anger. It consists of parenting skills training and cognitive behaviour therapy approaches, targeting negative attributions for child behaviour.
For parents of children with learning difficulties or disabilities
Stepping Stones Triple P extends the standard Triple P system to address the needs of families with a child who has special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). Stepping Stones Triple P aims to help you develop effective management strategies for dealing with a variety of childhood behaviour problems and development issues.
Strengthening families with children aged 10 to 14 programme
This is a programme where parent(s) and a child/young person attend together.
It is a seven-week, two-hour per session programme. During the first hour, the parents and children attend separate skill-building groups. The parents and children then come together for the second hour for supervised family activities. Topics for session include making house rules,using community resources and following rules.
Young people’s sessions focus on setting and strengthening goals, dealing with stress and strong emotions, communication skills, increasing responsible behaviour and improving skills to deal with peer pressure.
Parents discuss the importance of both nurturing their young people while at the same time setting rules, monitoring compliance and applying appropriate discipline.
Our parenting groups are for parents/carers with children in all age groups from four to 16.
Parents or carers can ask to attend a parenting programme provided in a school, children’s centre or community venue by contacting the Families in Focus team
Parents say the programme helped them to:
- manage their children’s behaviour
- manage anger and stress
- solve problems and improve communication
- enjoy family activities
- meet other parents
- improve confidence and self-esteem