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A new free online course aimed at giving parents the skills and strategies to help manage misbehaviour, reduce stress in the home, and encourage kids to be confident and resilient launched yesterday (13 February).

Families in Dudley will now have free access to an online course used around the world to give parents skills and strategies to help manage misbehaviour, reduce stress in the home, and encourage kids to be confident and resilient.

An online version of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program®, a parenting and family support system backed up by more than 35 years of ongoing research, and used in more than 25 countries, is being launched today through Dudley Council’s public health team.

Triple P – Positive Parenting Program has helped an estimated four million children and their families and has been shown to be effective in hundreds of research trials. It helps to prevent and manage behavioural and emotional problems and to create family environments that encourage children to realise their potential at school and in life.

The online program allows parents and carers to learn at their own pace, and at a time that suits them, using a computer, phone or tablet. Interactive modules, videos and worksheets guide parents through different skills and strategies in a way that’s easy to understand.

Many parents find it reassuring that they’re not alone in dealing with common parenting issues such as tantrums, bedtime battles and mealtime drama. Referrals are made to the service from a range of agencies including the health service and children’s services.

Councillor Cathryn Bayton, cabinet member for health said:

Parenting isn’t easy, a lot of the time it’s about learning on the job and doing the best you can in a given situation. The beauty of Triple P is that it gives parents and carers the skills they need to deal with difficult issues when they arise, they can simply pick the tools that will work for their situation.
While we do deliver one-to-one sessions and group therapy, this online toolkit is perfect for those families who for whatever reason feel these aren’t for them. It means people can get the support they need whether they’re at home, work or on the go. There’s no test to pass, no certificate to earn, just tools and techniques to help when you need it most.”

Councillor Sue Ridney, cabinet member for children’s services said:

Triple P has been proven to work over decades, and we’re really excited to be able to bring it to Dudley.
This programme will help families deal with anything from picky eaters to tantrum prone little ones, to children who just don’t want to go to bed. It’s about encouraging a change in behaviour and giving children the confidence and resilience they need to be happy individuals."

Suzie Thomas, parent volunteer and graduate of the Triple P programme said:

I started Triple P in 2010 and it really helped to build my confidence as a person and as a mum. It led into work really with some training and an opportunity with Dudley Council.
I did my GCSEs, did a diploma in health and now I’m at uni. I’ll be starting my final year in mental health nursing in September.
I’m still using the Triple P techniques at home with my boys. It touches on everything – eating, sleeping, shopping and helping them to manage conflict between themselves so that they don’t always need me to step in. It’s realistic, especially in terms of the time it takes. I think it’s a great programme and it’s really helped me and my family.”

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