What are parenting programmes?
Parenting programmes are here to help you develop your confidence and skills in parenting.
The programmes play a key role in early intervention, which aim to build family resilience, improve parenting skills and develop family relationships, ensuring that all children have the best start in life.
The programmes, which are open to all parents and carers, include:
Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities (SFSC) is a parenting programme for parents of 3-18 year olds. The programme explores issues affecting parenting such as anger management, domestic violence, alcohol, drugs, mental health, gangs and challenging behaviour.
Incredible Years (IY) is a parenting programme to support families of young children with behavioural difficulties.
Triple P Teen (TPT) is a parenting programme which focuses on helping parents manage their child's transition into early adolescence, where they have concerns about their behaviour.
Domestic Violence Community Group Programme for Children and their Mothers (DVCG) (AVA- Against Violence and Abuse) is a community based programme for children and their mothers who have been exposed to domestic abuse. The groups that run are:
DVCG Children's Group: Aged 4 to 21
- Allowing children to share their experiences with other children
- Exploring ways of expressing their feelings safely
- Looking at coping strategies for the future
- Children can attend alone, however it is always better if mothers participate
DVCG Children's group: Mother's group
- Giving mothers the opportunity to meet other women who have had similar experiences and share feelings
- Exploring the impact their experiences may have had on their children
- Finding ways to heal from the past and look to the future thereby strengthening the bond between mother and child
Prenatal Parents as First Teachers (Pre-Natal PAFT) encourages parents to recognise that they are their child's first and most influential teacher. The programme is for any woman who is pregnant; fathers are also welcome to attend. The programme aims to provide information to improve knowledge and skills about pregnancy and becoming parents
One to one support
We also work with parents on a one to one basis on interventions such as Parents As First Teacher (PAFT). Our Early Intervention Support Workers can also provide one to one support to parents.
How do I access the service?
We recommend that referrals are initiated by a professional service that is currently working with you or your child or young person, so there is ongoing support during and after the programme. Self-referrals are also be accepted.
For referral to Group Parenting Programmes, contact Parenting Programmes Coordinator Sandra Rotenberg.
For referral for one-to-one parenting support, internal contacts should discuss referral with the EIS Manager on Duty, and follow up Step-Up, Case Transfer and Referral/MASH protocols. Alternatively, contact Sandra Rotenberg as above.