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
Click on the button below to view Newham's Family Information Service
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/
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.
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
Family Transitions 0-16 years 5 week 2 hour sessions
The programme was made to focus on parents who are experiencing relationship upset following separation or divorce. The sessions considers ways to manage the changes that can happen through separation or divorce. It looks at managing emotions, managing conflict and moving on to build a new family identity using different learning tools. The programme suggests ideas on positive parenting to support your child’s development and looks at the importance of looking after yourself and managing the stresses and demands involved in separation and divorce
Who’s In Charge
11-14 years 14-16 years 16-18 years 8-9 at discretion-
Nine week two hour session
A programme for parents/carers who experience child to parent/carer violence or abuse.
- Examines challenging feelings of guilt reinforcing belief in the possibility of change
- Clarifying boundaries and explores strategies for creating meaningful and practical consequences for unacceptable behaviour and with a view to reduce isolation.
- Is Part therapeutic based/part knowledge based
- Explores anger and how it is presented in children and parents
- Encourages parental assertiveness and self-care
- Reinforces progress and provides emotional support as parents attempt to become more assertive
- Reduce the amount of violence and abusive behaviour in a family
- Loosens deterministic thinking
- Creates belief in possibility of change (without giving false hope or creating complacency)
- Reduce parents feelings of depression and powerlessness
Early Repair 0-19 years 2 day programme
Is an early intervention programme designed for fathers?
The session is a brief awareness raising course for fathers who have been identified to be using abuse (physical and/or emotional and/or coercive control) at a level currently considered to be low risk. Parents that attend are expected to still be in a relationship or co living and must show a willingness to change behaviour.
- Denial, minimisation and partner blame
- Disclosure what that felt like
- Impacts (mainly impacts on children)
- Sore points
- Time outs and basic de-escalation strategies
- Four 4 weeks of keeping a log of sore points and use of techniques plus one 1-1 meeting Day 2 Review logs
- More on impacts on children
- Review sore points
- Safety plan for future
Self referral form https://newham-self.achieveservice.com/service/Parenting_Support_Referral
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.
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" .