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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.

Parenting Self Help

During these stressful times due to Coronavirus and having your family in isolation, you may be looking for help with setting boundaries and strategies to support with parenting your children.  With this in mind, Triple P Programme have put together 10 Top Tips alongside Guidance for Parents, both of which are available to the left of this page for you to download.

Triple P also update their webside daily with useful information and support, click here to be redirected to their site.

Family Action have put together useful information, click here

NSPCC information can be found here

Triple P

Triple P suggests simple routines and small changes that can make a big difference to your family. It helps you understand the way your family works and uses the things you already say, think, feel and do in new ways that:

  • Create a stable, supportive and harmonious family
  • Encourage behaviour you like
  • Deal positively, consistently and decisively with problem behaviour
  • Build positive relationships with your children
  • Plan ahead to avoid or manage potentially difficult situations
  • Deal with teenagers emotional behaviour
  • Take care of yourself as a parent
  • While Triple P is almost always successful in improving child behaviour problems, more than half its emphasis is on developing positive attitudes, skills and behaviour. This helps prevent problems arising and fosters family relationships that encourage children to realise their full potential. Triple P has been developed and scientifically proven over 30 years.

If you would like more information or to enquire about booking, please contact the Triple P team at 

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Check out the Triple P website for more information and blogs; see the difference Triple P made for other families.

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

Stepping Stones

What is Stepping Stones Triple P?

Stepping Stones Triple P has been developed for parents of children with a developmental disability. Because it’s based on Triple P’s proven parenting strategies, it gives you ways to deal with the kinds of childhood behaviour problems and issues that can make family life stressful. Stepping Stones Triple P has been evaluated with real families and has been shown to work with children with intellectual and physical disabilities who have disruptive behaviour.

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)

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)

Through the weekly session and by using DVD clips, role play/modelling and through group discussion the aim is to guide parents through child initiated play to make positive relationships and to encourage children’s academic, emotional, social and persistence coaching.

What will the course do?

The short term goals of the series are to:

• Increase children’s social skills and emotional language

• Increase children’s problem solving skills and effective anger management strategies

• Decrease children’s negative attributions and increase their empathy skills

• Decrease children’s aggressive behaviour and related conduct problems such as non-compliance, peer bullying and rejection, stealing and lying

• Increase children’s on task school behaviours, reading skills and academic competence.

To book, contact Family Information Service

01452 427362

Parents to Be (YMTB) programme

YMTB is a comprehensive, holistic course specifically designed for pregnant parents; it is a unique programme which involves partners and dads-to-be in the whole pregnancy process. Teenage mums-to-be were involved with the development of the original programme and both mums and dads-to-be assist with updates and new material. We continue to involve learners, tutors, health professionals and experts in their field in the development of the course.

The resources are unique featuring high quality packs, clear comprehensive language and relevant content around antenatal health and well-being of a new baby. Learners acquire the information and skills necessary to raise healthy, emotionally well-balanced children, eager to learn and able to cope with the world around them.

YMTB has been evaluated by the National Academy of Parenting Practitioners and features on their commissioning tool kit. All childcare guidance and techniques are based on best practice, recognised theoretical parenting models and current research.

The Nationwide Community Learning Partnership

Rachel Coss

Business Development & Quality Manager

Telephone 01452 729136 07891 919998



CAMHS Parent Support Team

The CAMHS Parent Support Team facilitate 9-12-week sessions for parents to:

  • Come together in a safe space, with common ground.
  • Discuss some of the challenges they are facing with their children.
  • Share personal experiences.
  • Discuss what works well in families.
  • Think about what strategies are already in place that we can build on, to cope with and manage some of the difficult situations.
  • What we can do to support our children when things get tough for them.


The facilitators will provide relevant evidence-based course materials to work through each week which provide ideas, promote discussion and give tools as reminders to notice the good times that happen within our families and very importantly, how we can look after ourselves.

 Parent Support Team

Telephone 01452 894320


Rockpool Adult Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit

The Adult Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit has been written to assist any individual or agency working with anyone who has experienced domestic abuse/violence and is in a position, to take part in a group designed to assist each of them in looking at ways to develop positive lifestyle coping strategies. We do not recommend this group for those that are still living with the perpetrator.

Living with domestic abuse/violence forces individuals to develop coping strategies that keep them and their family safe within the context of unequal power divides and extremely controlling behaviour by the perpetrator.

Those who have experienced and lived with domestic abuse frequently tell support agencies that the hardest part of recovery is to deal with the psychological distress caused by such abuse.

The psychological distress affects how a person perceives themselves (self-esteem, self-image), how they interact with others (passively or angrily), how they cope with the emotional pain (depression, anxiety, alcohol or drug use), how they use their parenting skills; it can also leave them with confusion about issues with trust, boundaries and respectful relationships (both with adults and children).

Any individual experiencing the isolation, exhaustion, humiliation, degradation, and threats that are a part of the abusive behaviour would encounter these difficulties. The aim of the group is not to hold the participants responsible for what happened to them, nor to blame them for those actions or decisions taken at the time of the abuse that may in retrospect be found not to have been safe. Rather the purpose of the group is to recognise the tremendous effort participants have made in keeping themselves and their family as safe as possible, while helping them to acknowledge that coping strategies used under duress may not be helpful in their recovery and development of a new life free of abuse.  

There is also a Rock Pool Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit for children. It is recommended that both courses run alongside one another

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