Supporting Parents

Being a parent isn’t easy. Everyone has their ups and downs and sometimes we don’t know where to turn.

The Change Project can help you with a range of parenting issues such as helping your child through difficulties such as bullying or parental separation, or dealing with your child’s behaviour towards you or other siblings or the impact on your own relationship.

And what about you? Parents can find it exhausting trying to juggle all the balls of parenthood and it has impacts on their own relationship. We can help with that too through our Relationship Hub or Domestic Abuse services.

Better Parents Apart

Help for separated parents

The Programme encourages parents to take steps for themselves, away from court, and can help make sure that any agreement made is based on the child’s needs. It aims to help both parents improve communication skills as separated parents.

We ensure Separated couples do not attend the same course. A programme is helpful for parents (or other parties) when:

  • you have difficulty focusing on your children’s need due to ongoing conflict
  • you find that your feelings and reactions to the separation are affecting your ability to communicate about your children
  • you would like communication to improve

We are holders of the Help and Support for Separated Families (HSSF) Mark. This shows that our services support parents to work together to resolve disputes and help them focus on the interests of their children.

HSSF: Find help and support near you.

Family Support Service

The Change Project’s Family Support Service is designed to work alongside our community family counselling services. Family Support Workers offer practical support to families struggling to deal with the every day issues in life such as budgeting, parent/child routines for bed and school time, and cooking for the family.

These practitioners work with families to identify family needs and improve outcomes by tailoring support for children, young people and families to make sure that needs are met, engagement in support is sustained and outcomes for children, young people and families are achieved.

Practitioners promote positive behaviour in children and young people by working with parents to understand the reasons for and consequences of their child’s behaviour and implement proactive strategies to encourage positive behaviour.

Practitioners work with parents to identify the boundaries of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and to reflect and acknowledge positive aspects of their child’s behaviour. Practitioners work in a child centred way that promotes trust and active participation of all family members showing empathy and understanding for their feelings and points of view.

Therapy for Children

Worried that your child is anxious?
Not achieving their potential at school?
Acting out towards you?
Bullying their siblings?
Aggressive towards their step parent?
Won’t talk about your separation and what it means to them?

The range of problems that can be faced by children and young people is huge and here at the Change Project we can help. Seeking help for your child is a responsible act by a parent who just doesn’t know what else to do for their child or where a third party might be the best way ahead.

The Change Project can provide counselling for young people and for children, whatever the issue they are struggling with.

Young People’s Counselling.

Family Counselling.

STEP UP – Child to Parent Violence

Step Up is an exciting programme from the USA which the Change Project have been authorised to use in the UK.

The Step-Up curriculum is designed for adolescents who have been abusive towards parents or family members. The curriculum uses a cognitive behavioural, skills based approach partnered with restorative practice, to help prevent the use of violent and abusive behaviours in the family. Teens learn and practice nonviolent, respectful ways of communicating and resolving conflict with family members, in a group setting with other parents and teens.

The curriculum employs best practice and evidence based approaches including cognitive behavioural exercises, skill development, solution focused and motivational interviewing strategies to help young people make specific behavioural changes. A collaborative, family based approach is used in the family groups where parents and young people learn and practice skills with feedback and support from others. In the parent group, parents learn a model of respectful parenting that balances leadership and positive support, promoting non-violence and respect in the family.

Treating adolescent violence in the family is both intervention and prevention. When families assimilate a respectful family model and young people experience success with using the behaviours that support it, they learn lifelong lessons about relationships. These values carry forward into their future relationships with intimate partners and their own families.

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