Below you will find information about parenting courses, resources and befriending services:
Newham Parent Connect
Supporting Newham Families
Click on the button below to view the latest Newham Parent Connect information
Parenting Smart (Place2Be)
The children's mental health charity, Place2Be, has launched a new website aimed at helping parents with typical situations they can find themselves in with their children.
Advice can be found on over forty topics including:
- Understanding sibling rivalry
- My child is lying, what does it mean, what should I do?
- My child has trouble going to sleep
- My child says 'I hate you!'
- Cultural identity: who am I?
The Parenting Smart website can found here: https://parentingsmart.place2be.org.uk/
DICE is a 2 hours programme that runs for 4 weeks that offers information and practical advice to families with pre-teens and teenagers around understanding the risks young people face in modern society.
- The life of a teenager and how the teenage brain works
- Exploitation and the grooming process
- Digital dangers – social media and internet safety
- Parenting Top tips and support services
The programme will take place virtually until further notice.
Course 1 (Weds, 10-12pm) - 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th September 2021
Course 2 (Weds, 6-8pm) - 29th September, 6th, 13th and 20th October 2021
Course 3 (Fri, 10-12pm) - 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd October 2021
Course 4 (Thurs, 10-12pm) - 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd November 2021
Course 5 (Thurs, 6-8pm) - 25th November, 2nd, 9th and 16th December 2021
Course 6 (Fri, 10-12pm) - 30th November, 7th, 14th and 21st December 2021
Course 7 (Mon, 6-8pm) - 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st January 2022
How to book: Please complete the booking form here to reserve a place on one of the above course dates. You will then be contacted by a DICE facilitator to welcome you to the course.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Triple P “Positive Parenting Programme”
Triple P “Positive Parenting Programme”
Triple P is an evidence based programme designed for all families and gives parents/carer’s the opportunity to learn and practice new ways to develop relationships with their child.
The groups encourage parents to set their own goals and try out strategies learnt in the group sessions that suit their own family needs. The programme includes approaches to promote good behaviour and to managing misbehaviour effectively.
Triple P Teens - The Positive Parenting Programme for parents of teenagers aims to make parenting easier. The group offers suggestions and ideas on positive parenting to help you promote your teenager’s development.
Triple P Stepping Stones - This group aims to make parenting children with disabilities easier. Stepping Stones refers to children who have developmental delay and also children who have sensory or physical disabilities.
Triple P Standard - Triple P stands for the Positive Parenting Programme and aims to make parenting easier. The group offers suggestions and ideas on positive parenting to help you enjoy being a parent and help your child to develop well.
For more information, you can visit the Triple P website.
Please be aware that you must be booked to attend any group and they are not drop-in sessions.
Headstart ‘Being a Parent’ Course
Headstart ‘Being a Parent’ Course - Delivered for Parents by Parents
A free course for parents of children aged 9 to 16 years
The course helps parents learn practical communication skills for everyday life & bring up confident, happy and co -operative children. You will leave this course feeling better able to:
- Help others by sharing your experience as a parent
- Learn new ways to communicate with your children, celebrate successes and solve problems together
- Create a calm and peaceful family life
To sign up for the course, please follow the link: https://www.headstartnewham.co.uk/get-involved/sign-up-to-headstart/
Parenting Befriending Service
Parenting Befriending Service
A bespoke parenting befriending service for parents / carers of children and young people aged 0-16 year who needs a space to talk and think through the ways that they are coping in the circumstances and practical suggestions to manage challenges such as their young person’s behaviour, anxiety and worries, family relationship challenges and a young person’s screen time.
Befrienders are either trained children centre staff or Newham Parent Peer Facilitators.
- 30 - 60 min’s session per week
- 1 - 8 weeks with a clear transition process put in place for when the contact ends.
- Group sessions – will be developed where this would be helpful and appropriate.
- Virtual Coffee Mornings - Early Years / Primary and Secondary.
- Signposting and referrals to other support and services as and when appropriate.
If you would like to refer a family for the parenting befriending offer please email: BSILFamilySupport@newham.gov.uk.
Newham Early Help held a series of webinars from Jan-July 2021 to inform parents, carers and young people about the services available to families in Newham.
To view previous recordings of these, please got to Newham London YouTube Channel.
Please note the sessions are in the process of being translated into community languages and will be uploaded onto YouTube in due course.
The Family Learning service provides a wide selection of courses, workshops and family fun days for mums, dads, grandparents, carers and their children.
Parents are able to learn or improve their English, Maths, ICT, Employability and Parenting skills. The service also supports parents by guiding them through their child’s education and helping their children to do even better at school.
You can join a Family Learning course at one of the many sites across the borough including schools, nurseries and children’s centres during weekdays and at Newham Adult Learning Centres. In the summer term we are continuing to deliver Family Learning via Zoom so that you can study from home. There are also activities during half term and summer holidays in libraries and in Newham Adult Learning Centres.
Adult attendees can continue onto another course within the Family Learning or Newham Adult Learning services or take up volunteering or employment.
Please click this link to find out more about the courses on offer - https://www.newhamadultlearning.co.uk/family-learning.php
Parent Pathways Training
This course is for parents interested in developing their skills to support other parents in their community.
By the term ‘parents’ we mean, mothers, fathers, grandparents and carers who have experienced carrying out a parenting role.
This course will equip you to:
- Identify your strengths in supporting parents
- Learn about what your community needs
- Gain skills in befriending and volunteering parents
To find out course details, please click here.
To sign up to the course, please click here.
Newham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
In response to the COVID 19 situation CAMHS are currently offering workshops online if you or your child would like advice and support to improve mental health and wellbeing. If you have any questions about the workshops you can contact CAMHS on 020 8430 9000.
There are also videos on YouTube to support Mindfulness and reduce anxiety
Online Pop-Up CAMHS
For on the spot support, help and consultation for young people and families who live in Newham or have a Newham GP.
Online Pop-Up CAMHS will be led by friendly mental health clinicians at Newham CAMHS who look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have.
Feel free to sign up for a slot to receive support, help, and consultation about any mental health queries. Families and young people will be seen virtually during their designated timeslot. Before your session, you will be sent a link for a free video call with a clinician.
You can register on Eventbrite for any of the available 40 minute time slots between 12 and 3pm. This service is for families and young people who are not currently getting a service from Newham CAMHS.
For tips, advice and where to get support for your child's mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Follow the link below to visit the Young Minds support page for parents:
Parent Trapped Podcast
- Weird and hilarious parenting hacks from Hillary Frank
- Serious how-tos for managing kids' anxiety from Dr. Dave Anderson
- Imaginative ways to foster kids' creativity at home from Julie Andrews
- Top picks on family movies and books for kids from actors, authors, and experts
… and lots more!Click here to start listening.
The stories, recommendations, and tips in each episode are so helpful as you settle into the "new normal" .