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Parent support

Although being a parent can be very rewarding, there may be times when you need some extra support. Support is available to parents and carers in Waltham Forest through local parenting programmes and services.

Last updated: 2 February 2023

Next review: 28 November 2023

What is a parenting programme?

Parenting courses give parents and carers an opportunity to:

  • meet other parents
  • share ideas and concerns about being a parent
  • listen and learn from each other

The Waltham Forest parenting programmes aim to:

  • increase knowledge and understanding of children’s development and needs
  • build positive relationships and improve behaviour and communication
  • make parenting and family life more enjoyable
  • increase confidence and parenting skills
  • help parents to feel more positive and reduce parenting stress
  • develop new skills with practical support

Types of programmes

Waltham Forest offers a range of parenting programmes and courses for parents and carers with children aged 0 to 18 who either live in Waltham Forest or have children attending Waltham Forest schools.

We offer the following courses:

Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC)

 For parents or carers with children from 3 to 18 years old.

Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC) is an inclusive evidence-based parenting programme, designed to promote protective factors which are associated with good parenting and better outcomes for children. The programme helps parents and carers build a special relationship with their children based on unconditional love, giving their children the key skills, they will need as they grow to make ‘healthy and safe choices’. The programme focuses on developing healthy lifestyles, healthy families and healthy communities which are free from violence.

SFSC has enjoyed success with parents/carers from a number of backgrounds, including Black and minority ethnic parents, teenaged parents, parents with learning disabilities and parents from marginalised communities, including those with experience with drugs, alcohol or violence.

How is this delivered?

Face to face and online

Length of programme

13 sessions. Each session is 3 hours

Find out more about this programme through the 13 week SFSC information pack (PDF).

Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC) workshops 

For parents/carers with children from 3 to 18 years old.

A selection of four workshops with different topic areas for certain aims.

Workshop one: To enable parents to think reflectively about their own experience of being parents and how this impacts their current parenting choices

Workshop two: To help parents positively connect to their children and understand the benefits of developing close warm relationships as a protective factor in parenting

Workshop three: To help parents gain the confidence to use positive discipline methods and understand their role and responsibility in providing children with a process of discipline consistent with protective factors to increase positive outcomes

Workshop four: To help parents understand their role and responsibilities to support children in and through various stages of transition from childhood to adulthood

Find out more about this programme through the 4 week SFSC workshop information pack (PDF).

How is this delivered?

Face to face

Length of programme

Choice of attending all four workshops, or individual workshops. Attendance at all four workshops is encouraged.

 

Triple P 0 to 12

Parents or carers with children up to 12 years old.

Parents/carers actively participate in a range of exercises to learn about the causes of child behaviour problems, set specific goals, and use strategies to promote child development, manage misbehaviour, and plan for high-risk situations.

Triple P 0 to 12 programme information pack (PDF).

How is this delivered?

Face to face and online

Length of programme

5 sessions, each session is 2 hours. Plus 3 weeks of individual telephone consultations.

 

Triple P Teen

Parents or carers with children from 11 to 18 years old.

Parents/carers may be interested in promoting their teenager’s development and potential or they may have concerns about their teenager’s behaviour. Parents/carers actively participate in a range of exercises to learn about the influences on adolescent behaviour, set specific goals, and use strategies to promote a teenager’s skills development, manage inappropriate behaviour, and teach emotional self-regulation.

Triple P Teen programme information pack (PDF).

How is this delivered?

Face to face and online

Length of programme

5 sessions, each session is 2 hours. Plus 3 weeks of individual telephone consultations.

Triple P stepping stones

For parents or carers with children up to 12 years with an intellectual or physical disability.

The Triple P stepping stones programme (PDF) helps you manage problem behaviour and developmental issues common in children with disability. Parents or carers actively participate in a range of exercises to learn about the causes of child behaviour problems, setting specific goals, and using strategies to promote child development, manage misbehaviour, and plan for high risk situations.

How is this delivered?

Face to face

Length of programme

6 sessions, each session is 2 hours and 30 minutes. Plus 3 weeks of individual telephone consultations.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Positive Behaviour Support is an approach for supporting individuals with autism, a learning disability, and a range of other complex care needs. Often there can be challenges for an individual within the environment in which they live that produces, what has been described as challenging behaviour. The overall aim of Positive Behaviour Support is to improve the quality of life for the person, their family, and to create opportunities for meaningful engagement with day-to-day life.

Positive Behaviour Support information (PDF).

How is this delivered?

Online

Length of programme

2 sessions. 1 session is 2 hours and 1 session is 2 hours 30 minutes.

Where are the programmes held?

Programmes are held within the four Children and Family Centre Hubs, as well as schools throughout the borough. Sessions rotate the four areas each term. We also offer some of the programmes online.

How to apply?

Please download a parenting course application form (PDF) and email the completed form to earlyhelpparenting@walthamforest.gov.uk.

Referrals from professionals, and self referrals from parents or carers are welcome.

For more information on the parenting programme offered please contact Jennifer Callcott from the Early Help Parenting Team by calling 020 8496 2442 or sending an email to earlyhelpparenting@walthamforest.gov.uk

Other parenting support in the Borough

Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities (EPEC) – Being a Parent

A free course for parents of children aged 2 to 11 years old.

Empowering Parents Empowering Communities (EPEC) is a peer-led parenting programme that helps children and families get the very best start in life. It is designed to improve parenting support for families in socially disadvantaged communities and is unique as it trains, supervises, and supports local parents to deliver parenting courses in their communities.

The course content relates well to children being ready to learn at school and is recognised by pre-schools, nurseries, early years settings, children’s centres, and schools in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. They receive ongoing support and supervision from the EPEC Hub, and their experiences, backgrounds, skills, and qualities make each session inviting and engaging.

How is this delivered?

Face to face.

Length of programme

9 sessions. Each session is 2 hours long

How to refer:

Referrals from professionals and self-referrals from parents or carers are welcome. For more information email EPEC@walthamforest.gov.uk or call 077 9991 3026.

Cygnet 

A free course for parents of children aged 5 to 18 years old with an autistic spectrum condition, delivered by the Educational Psychology Service.

The programme is designed to:

  • increase understanding of autistic spectrum conditions
  • help to develop knowledge on how a child on the autistic spectrum experiences the world and what drives their behaviour
  • provide practical strategies that can be used with children
  • give information on relevant ASC resources
  • provide opportunities to meet with other parents/carers/professionals who have had similar experiences and to gain support and learn from each other

How is this delivered?

Face to face.

Length of programme

6 sessions, plus an optional extra session. Each session is 3 hours long.

How to refer:

Referrals from professionals and self-referrals from parents or carers are welcome. Please email rebecca.wright@walthamforest.gov.uk and wayne.keenan@walthamforest.gov.uk  

Calm Parents, Calm Children

A free course for parents, run by the Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service.

You will learn how to: Identify triggers that lead to challenging behaviours, how to encourage calm behaviour in yourself and your child, how to manage the main sources of anger, how to use praise as a discipline method, how to set and keep boundaries, and the role of feelings in parenting

How is this delivered?

Face to face.

Length of programme

4 sessions. Each session is 2 hours long.

How to refer:

To enrol or for more information email Cherie.cowan-smith@walthamforest.gov.uk or call 079 1877 1041.

Mellow Bumps 

A free course for expectant parents with health and social care needs, delivered by the Lloyd Park Children’s Charity.

An antenatal parenting programme for parents to feel more relaxed during pregnancy, improve their wellbeing and start to build a relationship with their baby. Mothers to be must be between 20-30 weeks gestation at the start of the course.

How is this delivered?

Face to face and online.

Length of programme

7 sessions - each session is 2 hours long.

How to refer:

To refer to this programme or for more information email famillysupport@tlpcc.org.uk.

 

To apply for any of the above parenting programmes please contact Jennifer Callcott from the Parenting Team: