Parenting Plus


Parenting Programme Introduction

We know that being a parent can be both rewarding and challenging. Our courses are here to support parents/carers and to help them to build a strong and secure relationship with their child, whatever their age.

All ‘Time out for Parents’ programmes include group discussions and practical tasks to help parents build on their strengths and gives them time and space to think about any changes they want to make. A helpful, easy to read handbook is included with each course. Our courses are run at The Quad in Carshalton and each programme is led by trained and experienced facilitators.

The ‘Time out for Parents’ courses were developed by Positive Parenting / Care for the Family. Care for the Family is a national charity which aims to promote strong family life and to help those who face family difficulties. Care for the Family is a registered charity and has been working to strengthen family life since 1988. Their aim is to promote strong family relationships and to help those who face family difficulties.

If you would like more information about our courses, or if you would like to make a referral, please contact us at isyp@sutton.gov.uk.

Our courses

Time Out For Parents – The Teenage Years

Help and advice on parenting in those teenage years to build strong relationships to enjoy family life. Bringing parents hope as they chart their way through the challenges of the teenage years and the changes in the parent-child relationship. The seven sessions are designed to help parents stay connected with their child through understanding their world and developing good communication skills.

“By week 3 of the course our relationship had really improved, and my daughter commented on how much better things were in the home because I didn’t shout so much! I think the course is brilliant!”

How does it work?

Sharing ideas with other parents is a key part of the course, and we use case studies and real life scenarios to help ground the material.
Each session includes space to plan any changes parents want to make in their parenting, and from session 2 there will be an opportunity to discuss how they are getting on with putting this into practice at home.

What’s in the course?

We start by looking at the change from childhood to adolescence and what we hope to gain from the course. We explore how we can meet our child’s emotional needs, taking into account their temperament and their ‘love languages’. Stepping into our teenager’s shoes and thinking how we can help with the many changes they’re experiencing is next: the challenge is to stay connected! We consider our parenting style, its effect on our teenager, and learn about the power of a consistent approach. Encouraging responsibility and negotiating house rules are part of the programme too!

Time Out For Parents – The Primary Years

Helps parents to guide their children through the next stage of childhood and build stronger family relationships as they journey through the rollercoaster of life.

Focusing on children from 5 to 11 years, The Primary Years helps parents look at how to support their child as they start to find out how the world works, learn how to manage their feelings, find out what they’re good at and experience the consequences of keeping or breaking the rules.

How does it work?

Sharing ideas with other parents and carers is an important part of the course, and discussions are started from real life situations. Each session includes space to plan any changes parents want to make in their parenting and, from week 2, they will have an opportunity to discuss how they are getting on with trying these at home.

Time Out For Parents – Dads

Four workshops focussing on the importance of dads and helping them to build an even better relationship with their children.

“This course has been an excellent eye-opener in terms of understanding my role as a father and also the needs of my children.”

How does it work?

Whether men are parenting as a couple, a single parent or an away dad, this course aims to help Dads share their feelings and experiences and come up with solutions to their problems based on what works for them.

What’s in the course?

Men will look at how they can improve their understanding of how to meet their child’s needs, including learning and development. They will explore other key aspects including building self-esteem and positive communication, setting and maintaining boundaries, and managing their child’s behaviour. There’s also time to think about how their role might change as their child grows and ways to build a healthy relationship with the wider family.

“Lots of useful tools and techniques that I can apply. Lots of shared experiences with local dads.”

Best Practice

For parents / carers of children and young persons with ADHD, ASD and other challenging behaviours

Bringing up children and young people is never easy however if they have in addition a learning and or behavioural difficulty it can be extremely challenging. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is an internationally validated medical condition of brain dysfunction in which individuals have difficulties in controlling impulses, inhibiting appropriate behaviour and sustaining attention. Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a condition that has the core features that can affect Communication, Imagination and Interaction. In addition, many children with ADHD and ASD may also have Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD). The net result of this is that educational, behavioural, socialisation outcomes can be severely affected.

This course is designed to provide a better understanding of ADHD, ASD and other challenging behaviours while providing guidance, systems and strategies for management in the home and in liaison with the school system. It is, however, important to point out that each individual will be uniquely different and there are no ADHD or ASD children but rather children with ADHD and ASD.