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The Parenting Team organises and co-ordinates a range of parenting programmes, to offer support to families in the Dudley borough.

The parenting programmes provide a wide range of services for families, to address a variety of needs. A family may access advice or information, online support or those who require more guidance may attend intensive group support.  

Our vision is for every parent & carer, in the Dudley borough to access evidence based parenting advice and support at the level they need, setting up their child for success.

One of the main parenting programmes on offer is Triple P, which is a multi-level system.

Changes to the parenting service due to COVID-19

We’ve had to make some changes to our service, but we’re still here to offer support and advice to parents.

The main changes we’re making are:

  • Currently there is no direct contact with families. Direct work with families is now happening remotely through telephone, email, WhatsApp and Video conference.

Parents/carers can now complete Triple P Group, Group TEEN, group stepping stones (for parents of a child with a disability) or the Triple P Transitions programme with a support practitioner via weekly TEAMS meetings. The meetings are accessed via referral or email parenting@dudley.gov.uk to discuss.

The parenting team will continue supporting parents in the following ways:

Triple P online / TEEN Triple P online

  • Parents can complete Triple P online using their mobiles or laptops.

  • We can provide additional telephone support with modules or strategies if parents require.

Parents can access an online code at www.dudleyparents.co.uk

Child with a disability – Stepping Stones

Parents can also access the Triple P online programme and we will be available to offer additional telephone support with the Stepping Stones resources.

Flexible communication delivery

We aim to be flexible in our approach and offer consultations via telephone, WhatsApp, email or video conferencing, whichever way a parent feels comfortable. This support is also available to practitioners and those who were facilitating Triple P groups.

Triple P Transitions

Triple P Transitions is a new (to Dudley) 5 session programme for parents who have separated/divorced from the other parent of their child/ren and would like help with stress, communication and managing the challenges that this can bring to their family. 

More information on Triple P family transitions. 

The sessions are accessed via referral or email parenting@dudley.gov.uk to discuss.

Life during lockdown – and beyond

Many people are feeling stressed and uncertain, not only about what’s happening right now but what the next few months will look like. There are practical steps you can take, and specific parenting tips and strategies to help you and your kids stay calm and optimistic.

A new module has been added to the online programme – parenting during COVID-19

A free parenting guide has been created by internationally recognised parenting experts Professor Matt Sanders, Dr Vanessa Cobham and Dr Claire Halsey from the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program®.

It provides tips and strategies to help parents understand how the current crisis may affect the way their children behave, their own emotions as parents and ways to apply Triple P strategies during current circumstances to develop emotional.

Tips include how to be a positive parent while managing financial stress, home-schooling, working from home, as well as helping your child cope with their feelings and stay emotionally resilient.

Parenting During COVID-19 - the Triple P Parenting Guide – the expanded version of the Top 10 tips.

(The above resources are available in both Triple P Online 2-10 years and in TEEN Triple P Online for parents of 11-16 year olds).

Further information or support

For more information or support, please contact the parenting team:

Email: parenting@dudley.gov.uk

The official Triple P website also has resources for parents and practitioners at www.triplep.net

Free, two hour workshops for parents and carers of children aged up to 16 years in Dudley

We know that Covid has been a very stressful time for everyone, especially parents, so we invite you to attend a free two hour workshop via Microsoft teams, Please email parenting@dudley.gov.uk to book on and receive your invite for MS Teams.

Please find the workshop schedule below.

Under 12’s parent discussion groups

Dealing with disobedience

22 January, 10am-12pm with Jodie and Ayesha

Managing fighting and aggression

19 January, 6-8pm with Deb & Liana

Teen workshops

Getting teenagers to cooperate

16 December, 12-2pm with Mel

11 January, 1-3pm with Angela and Ram

26 January, 11am-1pm with Jo and Helen

Coping with teenagers emotions

16 December, 3-5pm with Emily and Paulette

What is Triple P parenting programme?  

Triple P is a parenting programme that does not tell you what to do or how to be a parent.  It is more like a toolbox of ideas, where you choose the strategies you need and the way you want to use them. It is all about making Triple P work for you.

Who should come to a parenting programme? 

Parenting programmes are here for all parents and those with caring responsibilities who are experiencing difficulties or concerns with parenting.  Some of these courses vary in intensity, and cover specific and broad areas of parenting.

What are the different parenting programmes that I can access in Dudley?

Universal Online Course 

Triple P Online (TPOL) is a self-directed parenting course that is accessed via a smartphone, tablet or computer with internet access via https://www.triplep-parenting.uk.net/ you will need a code to access the course.

Triple P Online helps parents with children aged 2–10 years. There is also TEEN Triple P Online 11-16 years.

The programme helps children to:

  • set their own goals,
  • become confident in their ability to manage parenting issues
  • become self-sufficient problem solvers

How can I access an online code?

Please register at www.dudleyparents.co.uk to get your free online Triple P-code. To be eligible you must have at least one of the following:

  • Dudley postcode
  • Dudley school
  • Dudley GP

Seminars

Seminars give a broad range of parenting tips around home, school and the community. These are usually delivered to large groups in schools and are either:

  • A series of 3 two-hour seminars that give a broad overview of positive parenting
  • A series for 2-11 years
  • A series for 11-16 years
  • Speak to your child’s school to see if any seminars are available.

Tip sheet consultations

If you are concerned with your child’s behaviour or emotional well-being, one of the team can talk you through our tip sheets, to help you understand and improve the behaviour.

These are one or two short consultations to address a specific behaviour problem or parenting difficulty.

Discussion Group / Teen Discussion Group

These are for any parents who are struggling or need support with a particular topic.  They are a series of two-hour one off workshops,that cover a specific topic. You can attend any or all of the sessions that interest you.

0 -11 years topics:

  • Fighting & aggression
  • Bedtime routines
  • Hassle-free shopping
  • Disobedience

11 – 16 years topics:

  • Reducing family conflict
  • Getting teenagers to cooperate
  • Coping with teenagers’ emotions
  • Building teenagers’ survival skills

Sessions accessible via referral only and reserved for parents with more intensive needs

Group / Group Teen

A broad-based parenting intervention delivered over eight weeks for parents of children up to 11-years and the Teen programme for parents of children 11 – 16 years.

This programme involves 5, 2 hour group sessions of up to 12 delegates

There are 3, 15 to 30 minute individual (telephone) consultations to assist parents with independent problem solving while they are practising the skills at home.

Parents actively participate in a range of exercises to learn about:

  • The causes of child behaviour problems,
  • Setting specific goals,
  • Using strategies to promote child development,
  • Developing a positive relationship
  • Manage misbehaviour,
  • Plan for high-risk situations.
  • Final session review
  • Parents complete a behavioural and family assessment before and after the group sessions.

Stepping Stones programme

For parents of a child with a disability and not in mainstream school.

Stepping Stones is for parents with children with a range of disabilities, eg. Intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy and extreme levels of disruptive behaviour.

The programme involves 6, 2 and half hour group sessions that educate and actively train skills.

There are 3, 15 to 30 minute individual telephone consultations to assist parents to refine the use of their parenting skills and to develop independent problem solving skills.

Parents complete a behavioural and family assessment before and after the group sessions.

How long do the groups last?

  • Group and Group Teen last 8 weeks
  • Stepping Stones group last 9/10 weeks

How do I get onto these programmes?

The above programmes are reserved for parents who are experiencing extreme difficulties. Referrals must be made for these programmes via the Early Help assessment or GP practices. 

Other parenting resources

Who's in charge?

The video 'Who's in charge?' highlights the dangers of drinking alcohol whilst caring for children.

Watch the video here.

Contact

  • Parenting Team
    Stourbridge Family Centre
    Forge Road
    Stourbridge
    DY8 1XF 

    Email: parenting@dudley.gov.uk

    Telephone: 01384 816155