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Parenting Support

The following pathway should not be read as stand-alone and MUST be read in conjunction with Section 3: Pathways.

  • This pathway emphasises the importance of parenting on the life chances of the child achieving their full potential and promotes partnership working to deliver the best outcomes.

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All Ages

All Ages

Need to be carried out for each family when parenting support is a recognised need.

Additional Assessment Visit.

Whilst the Contact Type, Description and Intervention may be virtually the same for the Health Visiting Team the level of partnership support and intervention is raised according to the family’s needs. These needs are often multi-facetted requiring the input of interventions from more than one pathway.

Promote appropriate parental expectations including positive reinforcement.

Provide targeted support visits or parenting programs.

Health Visiting

The assessment visit will:

  • Establish the parent’s individual support needs and the development of a care plan with full support of both parents where possible;
  • Work in partnership with families to develop problem-solving skills combining home visiting, peer support (e.g. Parents First - “Community Mother’s” therapy support programme), life skills training and integration within social networks.

In line with the care plan refer to a range of appropriate services e.g.

  • Housing for particular safety issues if in social or rental housing
  • For parents in conflict to services such as Relate
  • Parents Under Pressure – NSPCC programme
  • Fathers who have perpetrated domestic abuse to targeted parenting programs – e.g. Caring Dad’s group or individual work with perpetrators.
  • Other local initiatives to address individual family need.

Midwifery

Support delivery of multidisciplinary post natal support groups.

Maternal Mental Health

Targeted intervention programs or local attachment therapeutic groups via local Primary Infant Mental Health Services.

All Ages

Tailored Support Visits using the Solihull Approach.

Health Visiting

Targeted support needs to encompass where appropriate;

  • Observation and discussions on the ability to care for the baby/child, emotional availability of the child,
  • Promotion of appropriate parental expectations including positive reinforcement.
  • Support regarding routine and coping with tiredness
  • Exploration of coping mechanisms and social support.
  • Health Promotion advice - Promote healthy nutrition to reduce the risk of childhood obesity, support with planning and cooking meals, managing a budget. Promote accident prevention schemes.
  • Advice regarding correct use of basic safety equipment and facilitating access to local schemes for the provision of safety equipment. Information about thermal injuries.
  • Education regarding effective parenting within a safe and nurturing environment.
  • Support that focuses on older children and siblings.
  • Provision of additional support according to need identified. For example: to promote good sleeping patterns; intensive support on routines and understanding infant behaviour.
  • Introduction of use of media tools e.g. social baby to promote sensitive, attuned parenting on an individual basis.
  • Provision of walk to door for Postnatal Health Promotion Group.

All Ages

Provision of parenting support groups that directly include the participation of partner organisations.

Health Visiting

  • Mellow parents/bumps/babies
  • Incredible years (Webster Stratton)
  • Locally commissioned groups delivered by other agencies.
Offer referral to Video Interactive Guidance (VIG) or locally commissioned attachment therapeutic groups via local Primary Infant Mental Health Services.

6 weeks - 1 year

6 weeks - 1 year

Core Purpose 2

Parenting Support

Childrens Centres & EYFS

Parenting support - Referral only groups working in partnership with other agencies.

Use of evidence based programmes e.g. PAFT (Parents as First Teachers), Solihull, Circle of Security.

Increase children’s school readiness and school success.

Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practice.

Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues Prevent child abuse and neglect.

6 weeks - 1 year

Core Purpose 2

Childrens Centres & EYFS

Stay and play for specific groups (SEN & disabled children), children centre staff and other appropriate partners.

Promote parenting skills and provide enhanced support for family members.

1 - 5 years

1 - 5 years

Core Purpose 2

Parenting Support

Childrens Centres & EYFS

Parenting support - Referral only groups working in partnership with other agencies.

Use of evidence based programmes e.g. PAFT (Parents as First Teachers), Solihull, Circle of Security.

Increase children’s school readiness and school success.

Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practice.

Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues Prevent child abuse and neglect.

1 - 5 years

Core Purpose 2

Childrens Centres & EYFS

Stay and play for specific groups (SEN & disabled children), children centre staff and other appropriate partners.

Promote parenting skills and provide enhanced support for family members.

3 - 5 years

Birth - 5 years

Core Purpose 3

Supporting families economic wellbeing.

Childrens Centres & EYFS

Advice and signposting with benefits/housing/ budgeting/immigration issues. Assisting in access to adult learning opportunities, English language courses.

Assist families on gaining access to employment support and advice and Provide opportunities to gain skills/knowledge in order to enter the employment market.

Build parental self esteem.

Birth - 5 years

Core Purpose 3

Supporting child-minder agencies/networks.

Childrens Centres & EYFS

To support the introduction of child-minder agencies/hubs to help child-minders set up and run their early years’ provision.