Being a parent is the most important job there is.
That's why it's so important for parents to be equipped for
what's ahead. It's about giving them the information, advice and
skills they need to be great parents.
Parenting programmes are about helping parents better understand
their child's needs and behaviour. That way parents can do all they
can to help their child develop and live a happy and healthy
Addressing parents' needs
It's about helping parents be the best they can be, for their
child, and for themselves. We take a 'whole family' approach to
ensure everyone's needs are being met.
From ante natal and post natal care to support for alcohol and
substance misuse, we're there with the support parents need when
they need it. For fathers and male carers this means more male
support staff on site or parenting programmes available in the
evenings and at weekends. For teenage parents this means helping
them make a plan for their future or getting into further
education, employment or training.
We work with parents to help them and their children stay healthy
and grow strong. Because building individual resilience helps the
whole family - benefitting the child's development now and long
into the future.
Getting through tough times
Parents are most likely to split up and families break down
during the first year after a child is born. Post-natal depression,
a child's disability or challenging behaviour puts added pressure
on families. External factors can bring additional stress too like
housing problems and unemployment.
From psychological counselling to housing support, we offer a
range of services to meet parents' needs. Like our partnership with
Job Centre Plus, helping parents get back to work. And volunteer
opportunities at our projects to give parents valuable work
Keeping families together is what our work is all about. But we
realise family break up can sometimes be unavoidable. That's why
we're there with services like family group conferencing and
mediation. It's about helping parents take shared responsibility
and ensuring the emotional, physical and intellectual wellbeing of
their child is protected at all times.
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