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Family Early Help Parenting Courses and Group Work programmes April – July 2021

All parents will at some point struggle with parenting their children and may need some practical support, a listening ear, or advice on what to do when parenting becomes a challenge. The Family Early Help Service (FEHS) are offering a range of universal parenting courses and targeted, evidenced based parenting group work programmes across the borough for parents/carers of children aged 0-19 years. The programmes will be delivered by trained parent facilitators, or specialist facilitators from their field of work.

FEH would like to work with parents/carers, Children and Family Centre’s, school communities and colleagues from Children’s Services, Health and other key partners to provide the best possible parenting support at times of need to help Keep Families Strong

Please see below  for a brief synopsis of the parenting groups that are run in the borough. All information regarding times, dates and venues can be found in the download centre below:

Father’s Group:

The Fathers Group is based on pre existing parenting techniques surrounding the power of positive parenting, the importance of a positive male role model in children’s lives and the need to include males in all planning for children where possible.

The programme will allow a space for any man with a caring responsibility for a child to discuss their parenting difficulties/strengths in a safe, confidential and encouraging space. It’s main aim to ensure that ‘us men’ can be the best we can possibly be with our children.

The course includes information on the impact of adult conflict on children, boundary setting, managing difficult behaviours, Fathers and the law and much more.

Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC), Parenting Programme: 

Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC) is an inclusive 8 week evidence-based parenting programme, designed to promote protective factors which are associated with good parenting and better outcomes for children.   SFSC helps parents with children aged up to 18 years to think about how their actions and experiences may influence their parenting style. In particular, SFSC helps parents to gain a better understanding of child development, use of positive discipline techniques, promote children’s social skills and self-discipline, achieve positive change in family relationships, explore and develop strategies to deal with factors that risk poor outcomes for children, such as harsh and/or inconsistent discipline, encouraging parents to share their experiences and values undertaking practical activities, which are then built on through homework.

Empowering Parents Empowering Communities (EPEC) – Being A Parent, Parenting Programme:-

This course is delivered by Parent Facilitators who themselves have undertaken the EPEC Parenting Programme before becoming trained facilitators. EPEC is an 8 week evidenced based model for parents of 2-11 year olds devised by the South London and Maudsley, the Centre of Parent and Child Support. This programme is based on the best of the current theoretical and practical knowledge and provides an alternative model to practitioner-led parenting interventions. The programme focuses on what it means to be a parent, the positives and challenges faced, the importance of parents having time for themselves and supporting child parent attachment in a non-threatening way. It encourages parents to consider behaviour that inadvertently encourages unwanted child behaviours. Parents learn strategies for discouraging unwanted behaviours and promoting positive behaviours in children and improved communication and family interactions.

Empowering Parents Empowering Communities (EPEC) – Being A Parent Together

This programme incorporates the key components of the EPEC original Parenting Programme with an integrated focus upon parental conflict. This 8 week course encourages parents to look at their relationship, how well they work together, consider the impact of conflict on themselves and their children.   The programme improves communication and relationships within the family and promotes positive family outcomes. The couples that come to this programme do not necessarily have to be living together in the same household, but need to want to work together for the best outcomes for their children. Please note, that this parenting programme requires the commitment of both parents and they both need to attend each week.

Referral process for schools:

Please complete the Early Help Referral form attached to this email. Once completed, please email the referral to Earlyhelp@southwark.gov.uk

Finally, please see below for the contact details of the Parenting Team and Children’s Centres. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or enquiries regarding this email or anything  related to parenting. We look forward to receiving your referrals in due course.

Parenting Practitioners:

Family Early Help Parenting Team Line: 0207 525 1392

Ben Campbell:
(T): 0207 525 5536 (E) ben.campbell@southwark.gov.uk

Fidelia McWhinney:
(T): 0207 525 4963 (E): fidelia.mcwhinney@southwark.gov.uk

Rebecca Arinze:
(T): 0207 525 7901 (E): rebecca.arinze@southwark.gov.uk


Alex Francis
(T): 0207 525 2686 (E): alex.francis@southwark.gov.uk

Strategic Hub Leads:

Bermondsey & Rotherhithe & Camberwell & Dulwich:

Lisa Hobson:
(T): 0207 525 4451 (E): lhodson@dulwichwood.southwark.sch.uk

Borough Bankside & Walworth:

Nicola Howard:
(T): 0207 740 8090 (E): nicola.howard@1stplace.uk.com

David Hopkins:
(T): 0207 021 1600 (E): d.Hopkins@coinstreet.org

Peckham, Peckham Rye & Nunhead:

Danna Johnson
(T): 0207 639 3914  (E): djohnson@ivydale.southwark.sch.uk