Parenting workers within the Families Together Hub (formerly known as the Early Intervention & Family Support Service (EI&FSS) deliver a range of parenting programmes to help and support parents to develop better relationships with their children.
The programmes tend to be delivered within groups of up to 12 parents and are usually run from community based venues such as children centres and schools. There are always a minimum of two qualified facilitators for each group and there is always ample opportunity to speak privately with the facilitators before and after the group sessions.
The programmes use a variety of methods to help parents gain new knowledge , skills and insights, including discussion, video, specialist speakers and information sharing within their group sessions.
Referring a family
- The family must be London Borough of Redbridge residents
- Referrals from professionals and parents/carer self referral are accepted
- All referrals must be discussed with the parent/carer and agreed
- Creche provision is available for some courses, please check availability.
For further information or to request a referral form, please email the Early Intervention Admin team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parenting Programmes for 2020-2021
Group Stepping Stones Triple P
For families with children aged 3 to 12 years | Duration: 10 weeks
A parenting programme for parents of children with a range of disabilities (e.g. intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, and/or physical disability) who have concerns about managing their child’s needs, diagnosis'is not essential to eligibility. Stepping Stones Triple P begins with an assessment of parent to child interaction and family issues. The intervention provides parents with comprehensive support in managing their child’s behaviour across various settings.
Group Teen Triple P
For families with children aged 3 to 17 years | Duration: 9 weeks
A parenting programme where parents actively participate in a range of exercises to learn about the influences on adolescent behavior, setting specific goals, and using strategies to promote a teenager’s skills, development, manage inappropriate behavior, and teach emotional self-regulation. Parents are empowered to develop their behaviour management strategies and how to manage their child's risk taking behaviours.
Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities
For families with children aged 3 to 17 years | Duration: 13 weeks
A programme to strengthen parenting skills and enhance parent’s relationships with their children. The programme explores ways to build stronger community connections and promotes healthy lifestyles for families. It addresses issues relating to community violence (including drugs, guns, and knife crime). Parents also learn techniques to teach key rites of passage that can be adapted according to children’s developmental stages. Parents are encouraged to maintain and incorporate their own traditional customs and positive values from their individual ethnic, spiritual and cultural backgrounds.
Who's in Charge?
For families with children aged 12 to 17 years | Duration: 9 weeks
A programme for parents/carers of young people who experience child to parent/carer violence and/or abuse. Programme aims include; reducing isolation, challenging feelings of guilt, reinforcing belief in the possibility of change, clarifying boundaries and examining strategies for creating meaningful and practical consequences for unacceptable behaviour.
The Incredible Years
For families with children aged 3 to 12 years | Duration: 12 weeks
Incredible Years parenting programmes are designed to strengthen parent & child interactions and attachment, reducing harsh discipline and fostering parents’ ability to promote children’s social, emotional, and language development. Parents also learn how to build school readiness skills and are encouraged to partner with teachers and day care professionals so they can promote children’s emotional regulation and social skills. In the parenting groups, trained Incredible Years facilitators use video clips of real-life situations to support the training and trigger parenting group discussions, problem solving, and practice exercises.
For families with children aged 4 months to 5 years | Duration: 14 weeks
A programme is an attachment and relationship based group intervention for mums who have babies and young children. Mixtures of reflective and practical techniques are used to enable parents to address their personal challenges and the challenges they face with their children. Parents’ have an initial home visit and video observation, videos are used to build on existing skills, get feedback from their peers and practice new ways of relating to their children. In the group parents discuss and reflect how their own experiences of being parented and how this is affecting their relationships with their children. Over lunch the parents and children eat together and participate in a joint activity , this allows the parent and child to share in fun activities which build and strengthen their relationship.
For families with children aged under 5 years | Duration: 6 weeks
A programme is an attachment and relationship based group intervention for Fathers, Parents discuss and reflect on their own experiences of being parented and how this can affect relationships with their children. This is an abridged version of the full 14-week Mellow Dads programme covering parental well-being, Father-child interaction, safety in the home, behaviour management, self-esteem, child development and the importance of play.
For pregnant mums at 20-30 weeks gestation | Duration: 6 weeks
A programme for mums-to-be who have intensive needs, including the effects of trauma, it is intended to decrease stress levels. This period is chosen to cover the time when the pregnancy is likely to be secure and mothers are likely to have foetal movements before becoming too preoccupied by impending delivery. It emphasises the importance of early interaction for brain development, each week there are activities for the mums-to-be to support emotional well-being and stress reduction and activities to raise awareness of the social capabilities of babies and the value of early intervention
For families with children aged 0 to 17 years | Duration: n/a
Online courses based on established psychological and child development theories, which parents can access in bite-sized 15-20 minute chunks. The online antenatal course was designed by Registered Midwives and health professionals. The postnatal course was designed by health visitors and health professionals. The online resources and courses enable parents/carers to develop parenting skills in their own time. To access the range of courses a parent/carer needs to go to inourplace.co.uk. This is currently free for Redbridge families by applying the ‘access’ code ‘BRIDGE’.