By supporting parents we are hoping to give children the best possible start in life. Parenting support is anything that helps parents in their important job of bringing up their children. This support might be information about child development, about local services, receiving advice and guidance about different aspects of parenting and support groups and parenting courses. Wrexham has a Parenting Team which supports parents of children aged 0-18years. Support is offered in a variety of ways which includes 1:1 support, group support and programmes which help parents understand their child’s behaviour.
The Parenting Team also work with other services to co-deliver programmes or to help them develop provision for the parents they are supporting. For any information on the services the Parenting Team provide, please contact the Parenting Team 01978 295677.
One to one support
Not all parents wish to attend a group or a structured programme and would prefer 1:1 support which is delivered either in the family home or an alternative venue which the parents feel comfortable with.
The 1:1 support we offer gives a tailor made package of support to parents based on their assessed needs. This support may focus on domestic abuse or substance misuse.
The Parenting Team run a variety of programmes for parents including:
The Nurturing Programme aims to help adults understand and manage feelings and behaviour and become more positive and nurturing in their relationships with children and each other. It encourages an approach to relationships that gives children and adults an emotionally healthy start for their lives and learning.
The Incredible Years programme focuses on strengthening parenting competencies (monitoring, positive discipline, confidence) and fostering parents' involvement in children's school experiences in order to promote children's academic, social and emotional competencies and reduce conduct problems.
The Willow programme supports parents who have children who are physically or verbally aggressive towards them.
This programme is for families who have children between the ages of 10 – 14 yrs and is both for the parents and the children as part of a family approach.
The Challenging Years programme supports parents of children aged 8 – 14 yrs and covers the teenage years.
The Freedom Programme is a domestic abuse and violence programme that looks at the attitudes and beliefs displayed by the abusive partner. The aim is to support the survivor to make sense of and understand what has happened to them, as the whole experience may feel like a horrible mess. The Freedom Programme focuses on the abusive partner’s behaviour and how this can impact on their partner’s emotional, psychological and physical well-being. The Freedom Programme also describes in detail how children are affected by being exposed to such controlling behaviours / attitudes and beliefs and compares the children’s well-being and development when the controlling behaviours are removed.
This programme is offered on a one to one basis and is also offered as part of a group that both last for 10 weeks.
Gateway is a domestic abuse and violence programme. This is an accredited course. Both men and women are able to access this course. Gateway works with the survivor / non abusive partner. The Ethos is built on the principle of respect and empowerment while raising awareness of the impact and dynamics of controlling relationships.
This course runs for 5 weeks on a one to one basis and as a seven week group programme.
As and when the need arises, the Parenting Team arranges other groups and programmes.
Informal Support Groups
The Parenting Team run a number of support groups across Wrexham:
This is a drop in group for families that are on our waiting list for 1 to 1 parenting work. It allows these parents to discuss any issues of a parenting nature, enroll themselves on future courses, or simply come along for advice on certain parenting topics.
This group is for any parent who has a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorder or associated behaviours.
This group is for any Polish speaking parents who would like to know more about what’s on in Wrexham.
Parenting support for those affected by Domestic Abuse and/or Substance Misuse
Domestic Abuse Service
- One to one therapeutic interventions for families affected by domestic abuse
- Delivery of Freedom and Gateway programmes (see above)
Substance Misuse service
To support families through:
- Delivery of direct work with parents on a one to one basis, to provide support and advice on a range of issues related to substance misuse.
- The provision of activities for those children who are directly affected by their parents’ substance misuse
- Running peer support groups for children
- Linking children into community based groups and activities when appropriate
- Providing advocacy for children at meetings as necessary
- Linking children aged 8+ to Young Carer services where appropriate