Parenting ProgrammesSame Sex Parent Family

There are many parenting programmes that are run in the Vale of Glamorgan. Here, you will find out more information about what parenting programmes are and how they can support you.

 

What is a Parenting Programme?

Parenting Programmes and Parenting Services support parents, focusing on skills/techniques to strengthen family relationships and family resilience and to reduce family breakdown.

To ensure that they are effective, parenting programmes are delivered in the Vale of Glamorgan using validated programmes. Programmes can be delivered in a group or one to one setting.

 

What is a Parenting Service?

A service that delivers parenting skills groups or one to one parenting skills support to parents/carers.

There are many services that support families by offering information and advice. They can also refer parents onto parenting programmes. However, parenting programmes provide a distinct service as outlined above.

 

What is Parenting?

The Welsh Government Parenting Action Plan defined parenting as ‘an activity undertaken by those who bring up children, this includes mothers and fathers, foster carers and adoptive parents, step-parents, and grandparents. In some cases, siblings also undertake a parenting role. All of these play a crucial role in giving the children in their care a flying start in life, providing the best basis for children’s and young people’s growth and development. Local authorities also act as corporate parents for children and young people in their care.’

 

Finding the right programme 

There are many parenting programmes that run in the Vale of Glamorgan. Below is a list of them and the age of the children they're aimed. The majority are run by the Families First Vale Parenting Service and there are a few that are run by other organisations.  

 

For more information please contact the Families First Advice Line

Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 4.30pm

  

Expecting parents 1

Family Links Welcome to the World

Expectant parents

This programme is delivered as a 1-1 for parents expecting a baby. Parents engage from approximately 24 weeks of pregnancy. Topics include empathy and loving attentiveness, infant brain development, healthy eating choices, breast-feeding, infant care, managing stress and difficult feelings, promoting self-esteem and confidence, and the couple relationship.

 

Delivered by Families First Vale Parenting Service. Contact the Families First Advice Line (details above).

New Parents with Baby

GroBrain

Babies pre-birth – 12 months

This programme runs across 4 sessions and focuses on infant brain development and attachment.

 

Delivered by Families First Vale Parenting Service. Contact the Families First Advice Line (details above).

Mum and Dad Reading with Child 

Family Links Nurturing Programme

0 - 11 years

This programme is co-facilitated by Parenting Practitioners from the Families First Vale Parenting Service, and Parent Support Workers in Flying Start. This is a 10-week formal evidenced based programme.

 

Delivered by Families First Vale Parenting Service and Flying Start. Contact the Families First Advice Line (details above).

Parent and Child Craft Session

GroBrain Toddler

1 year - 3 years

 

This programme runs for 6 weeks as a group or 1:1. It focusses on early attachments and the importance of healthy brain development. It aims to increase understanding of infant emotional health and boost confidence in a parenting role.

 

Delivered by Families First Vale Parenting Service. Contact the Families First Advice Line (details above).

bigstock-Illustration-of-Parents-and-Th-65841772

Family Links Nurturing Workshop

1 year - 3 years

This programme runs for 4 weeks as a group or 1-1. It increases understanding of the importance of attunement, play, empathy, communication and focuses on positive approaches to discipline and emotional wellbeing in children’s development.

 

Delivered by Families First Vale Parenting Service. Contact the Families First Advice Line (details above)

bigstock-Stickman-Illustration-of-a-Mot-168892283

Talk Learn Do

3 years - 11 years

This is an evidence-based programme developed by the Money Advice Service. It provides parents with advice and strategies to help promote their children’s money management skills in a fun and age appropriate way.

 

Delivered by the Families First Vale Parenting Service. Contact the Families First Advice Line (details above).

bigstock-Illustration-of-Stickman-Kids--82572575

Handling Children's Behaviour

3 years - 10 years

This programme explores the stages of child development and promotes a better understanding of challenging behaviours.

 

Delivered by the Families First Vale Parenting Service. Contact the Families First Advice Line (details above).

Illustration of five children

Cygnet Parenting Programme

5 years - 18 years with a diagnosis of Autism

The Cygnet parenting programme is an evidenced based programme that has been designed to support parents/carers in understanding and management of Autistic Spectrum Condition and any additional behavioural difficulties. The Cygnet programme has been run over many years and has proven to help many parents and carers.

 

Delivered by Barnardo’s. Contact the Families First Advice Line (details above). 

Teenagers Lying on Grass

Handling Teenage Behaviour

11 years+

This programme supports the parent to establish boundaries with strategies to promote positive behaviour and build healthy relationships.

 

Delivered by the Families First Vale Parenting Service. Contact the Families First Advice Line (details above). 

Teenagers

Families First Talking Teens

Teenagers

This programme develops parents’ understanding of teenage development and the influence of brain development on behaviour.

 

Delivered by the Vale Parenting Service. Contact the Families First Advice Line (details above).

Illustration-of-Teens

Future training 'Attachment Parenting Programme'

All parents who are experiencing difficulties due to attachment problems.

This is a structured programme where work is undertaken with the Parent. It helps to enable children and young people to build a healthy attachment with the primary parent figure(s). Attachment Parenting is about helping parents to understand what has prevented the attachment process from developing in the past, and then ‘coach’ parents in responding to their child in a different way.

 

Delivered by the Families First Vale Parenting Service. Contact the Families First Advice Line (details above).

bigstock-Illustration-of-Kids-Being-Esc-59397236

Tavistock Relationships - 'Parents as Partners'

Parents who are living together, or who are separated and co-parenting.

This programme supports parents in strengthening their relationship with each other, so they are more able to face life's ups and downs. The 16 week programme is designed to reduce conflict and improve communication. It focuses on the whole family, not just on the relationship between parents and their children. Both parents take part in sessions.

 

Delivered by the Vale Parenting Service and Flying Start. Contact the Families First Advice Line (details above). 

Mum Dad and Children Photo Frame

Steps

All parents

This is a 5-week programme (1 full day each week). It promotes confidence and supports parents to recognise the skills that can empower their children. It focuses on increasing understanding of how the mind works, and subsequently helping parents to overcome personal barriers, break behaviour cycles and set future goals.

 

Delivered by the Families First Vale Parenting Service. Contact the Families First Advice Line (details above).

Search for Childcare, Activities and Services

Vale FIS logo

Search for parent and toddler, pre-school groups, childcare, activities for children and family support services in the Vale, using the new national Family Information Service website.

 

 

Vale Family Information Service

  • 01446 704704