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Being a parent isn’t always easy which is why the Glosfamilies Directory is here to help.  There are a wide range of organisations available both across Gloucestershire and nationally, who provide advice and support to families and/or those professionals working with them.

Searching by keyword at the top of the page will enable you to narrow your search results based on your individual need, or you can click View all Services on the right hand side to see everything that's available. 

For information on the Parenting programmes, training and workshops run across the county, view the download document on this page.  You can also search and book on to parenting courses onour website by clicking here.

If you or someone you know has a child or young person with special educational needs or disabilities, please also refer to the Local Offer section where you will find specific information, advice and guidance.

Triple P

Depending on the age of your child, there are two Triple P courses available; Standard (0-12 years) and Teen (12 years+).

The three P’s in Triple P stand for Positive Parenting Programme.  Triple P courses are delivered all over Gloucestershire and provide an opportunity for parents to expand their tool box of parenting ideas as well as meet with other parents to share experiences, stories and offer support.

Some of the topics covered in the Standard programme include:

•The five aspects of positive parenting

•Why children behave the way they do

•Helping children develop by teaching new skills and behaviours

•Strategies to manage misbehaviour

•Planning ahead for high-risk situations

Some of the topics covered in the Teen programme include:

•The five aspects of positive parenting

•Factors the influence teenagers behaviour

•How to develop good relationships with your teenager

•Strategies to manage problem behaviour including dealing with emotional behaviour

Delivered from most Children & Family Centres across Gloucestershire – check here for your nearest course

To book, contact Family Information Service 01452 427362

Parents with Prospects

Parents with Prospects is the name of the NCLP Parenting programme provided nationally to support parents and their children from birth to 6 years old.

The programme can lead to a qualification in Parenting & Childcare & is designed specifically for parents, young dads, mums, partners, and step parents. Our resources encourage discussion, build confidence in relationships and help parents to develop communication and family skills.

The material is relevant to the lifestyles of today and reflects the challenges parents face in today's world.

Areas covered:

  • · Developing communication & literacy skills with children
  • · Developing play & relationships with children
  • · Healthy eating for children
  • · Keeping children safe & well
  • · Positive Parenting skills
  • · Managing money for parents
  • · Healthy lifestyles for parents.

The course is run at a local children's or community centre for 2 hours a week.

The course has inbuilt evaluation and is mapped to primary school Every child school ready, children centre & Public health outcomes.

The Nationwide Community Learning Partnership

Rachel Coss

Business Development & Quality Manager

Telephone 01452 729136 07891 919998



Freedom Programme


Freedom Programme is a domestic violence programme which was created by Pat Craven and evolved from her work with perpetrators of domestic violence. The course runs for 11/12 weeks each session lasts approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours. It is designed to support and empower women who have been or still are in unhealthy relationships.

The Programme examines the roles played by attitudes and beliefs on the actions of abusive men and the responses of victims and survivors. The aim is to help them to make sense of and understand what has happened to them, instead of the whole experience just feeling like a horrible mess. The Freedom Programme also describes in detail how children are affected by being exposed to this kind of abuse and very importantly how their lives are improved when the abuse is removed.

You and Me, Mum

 'Supporting children and young people who have lived with domestic violence'

A 10 week programme for mothers which will help you understand how domestic violence affects you as a parents and how it affects your children.

Delivered from most Children & Family Centres across Gloucestershire – check here for your nearest course.

To book, contact Family Information Service

01452 427362

Challenging Behaviour Training

 Age 0-25 (CYP)

Gloucestershire County Council are working alongside Carers Gloucestershire and The Challenging Behaviour Foundation to provide free training workshops. These workshops are designed for the families of individuals of all ages who have learning disabilities and display behaviours which may be deemed as challenging. They are available to families who have loved ones living both within and outside of the home environment.

•The approach is person-centred, non-aversive and reflects families' perspectives

•The workshops give participants basic skills in functional assessment, reactive/proactive strategies and behaviour support plans

•The style is interactive and informal - participation is encouraged through discussions and activities in small/whole groups.

The workshops are titled 'Understanding Challenging Behaviour and Supporting Behaviour Change' and are delivered over two sessions within school hours. It is important that all participants attend both workshops.

Carers Gloucestershire

Dawn Rooke Contact Telephone 01452 389342


Positive Caring Programme

The Positive Caring (parent carers) Programme is a series of free sessions for people who look after a Child or young person with an additional need. It is an opportunity to meet with others in similar circumstances to gain and share information, knowledge and support to help you in your caring role. There are six generic sessions, run by trained facilitators experienced in carers' issues, each of which focuses on a different aspect of the caring role. Positive Caring is delivered in local venues across Gloucestershire at times and days to suit. Help is available for replacement care and transport.

Topics include:

  • · Health and well-being
  • · How to access services
  • · Emotions and stress
  • · Practicalities of caring
  • · Finance and resources and
  • · How we juggle caring with other demands.

Carers Gloucestershire

Programme Lead

Telephone 01452-500885 01452-426254


Solihull Approach Parenting

The Solihull Approach Parenting group is a 10 week programme that helps parents/carers to understand their child’s behaviour and support their relationships. It explores issues such as:

  • · Tuning into children
  • · Exploring feelings
  • · Parenting styles
  • · Communication – what is being communicated though behaviour
  • · Temper tantrums and what might be meant by them
  • · Sleep patterns
  • · Behavioural difficulties

The programme is underpinned by robust theoretical framework, consisting of:

Containment (psychoanalytic theory)

Reciprocity (child development research)

Behaviour Management (behaviourism/learning theory)

The course will be run across Cheltenham and Tewkesbury localities – from one of the Children and Family Centres. This will be needs led. We can also deliver the programme on a one to one basis.

Delivered from most Children & Family Centres across Gloucestershire – check here for your nearest course

To book, contact Family Information Service 01452 427362

Incredible Years Programme (Webster Stratton)

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