As part of our collaboration with WAVE Trust, funded by the Department for Education under their 'Improving Outcomes for Children, Young People and Families' fund, we are committed to distributing monthly updates on proven parenting and family support interventions. Follow the links below to read the updates.
Family Foundations is an early years' intervention programme specifically targeted at cohabiting or married couples expecting their first child.
The Children and Families Bill is currently going through Parliament, setting out reforms to systems for adoption, family justice, looked after children and special educational needs.
The US-originated programme is currently targeted at children between the ages of four and eleven in the UK, and is delivered under the auspices of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).
Families and Schools Together (FAST) is an early intervention and prevention family support service designed to cater for children aged between three and eleven in schools where staff are finding it difficult to engage with a significant proportion of parents.
A new consultation asks how we can use a multidimensional measure to draw together a broader picture of what it means to grow up in poverty.
Parents Plus develops educational materials for parents and children and delivers support to professionals working with children and families within the community.
Parenting Wisely is a self-administered, highly interactive computer-based parent training programme for families with children who have (or at risk for) delinquency or behaviour or substance abuse problems.
A recent report by Louise Casey who is heading up the troubled families team at the Department for Communities and Local Government is the result of in-depth interviews with families with multiple problems. It found that problems were usually entrenched across generations.
PAT (Parents as Teachers) and PAFT (Parents as First Teachers, the UK version of PAT) aims to increase parent knowledge of appropriate ways to stimulate their children’s intellectual, language, social and physical development.
Watch, Wait and Wonder is designed to assist a range of infants and young children with problems of behaviour or self-regulation such as: irritability and difficulty being soothed; excessive tantrums; sleeping problems; eating problems; and clinginess.
When the Government pledges to make the UK the 'the most family friendly country in Europe' it is worrying that we are still near bottom of the OECD league table for child wellbeing, and that 3 children in every 10 across the country are living in poverty (rising to 4 in every 10 in London).
This programme for 3 to 7-year olds was developed in Cornwall in 1999 to answer the need for early intervention within children’s services, particularly those handling such behavioural and emotional problems as Conduct Disorder.
The Leksand approach is a unique form of parenting support, in which the same group of parents meet from pregnancy for a number of years as children proceed from birth to up to five years of age, and sometimes beyond.
Although the riots of August last year seem a long time ago now, a lot of work has been going on to attempt to find answers to the biggest questions: why did this happen, and how can we prevent it happening again?
Mellow Parenting is a family of early intervention programmes which aim to promote positive relationships between parents and children.
The Positive Parenting Programme ('Triple P') is a comprehensive, multilevel system of parenting intervention, based on social learning principles.
The Incredible Years Series is a set of three comprehensive, multi-faceted, and developmentally-based curricula for parents, teachers and children designed to promote emotional and social competence and to prevent, reduce, and treat behaviour and emotion problems in young children.
Roots of Empathy (ROE) is a parenting programme for primary school children, currently being delivered with great success to tens of thousands of children per annum in Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand, and in Europe in the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Its fundamental goal is to break the intergenerational cycle of violence and poor parenting.
Supporting parents to understand how their babies develop early skills can help to improve the relationship between the parent and the child (it can also improve the relationship between the parent and the practitioner).
Over the last year there has been a wealth of reviews and documents from government into early intervention and child poverty. This article aims to provide a brief overview of some of the key themes to emerge from two of the most recent reports.
New Zealand has had its share of troubled youth and rising levels of dysfunction, including crime. A policy decision was taken at government level in the early 2000s that the key to healing this trend lay in the quality of family life and parenting.
The Getting Ready intervention is an integrated, multi-systemic, intervention that promotes school readiness through enhancing parent engagement for children from birth to age five.
VIG is based on a model developed in the Netherlands in the 1980s. The video feedback model itself is used in a wide variety of settings – with parents and children of all ages, with practitioners in health, education and social service settings, and between adults in business settings.
This month the government has published both the child poverty strategy and the social mobility strategy and announced the creation of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission. These two strategies are highly complementary in their visions and both set out clearly that the government recognises the importance of positive parenting and the early years in the development of children’s life chances and outcomes.