As parents we can all use advice and information from time to time. Choosing to further developing our skills as parents can be very beneficial not just from a personal development point of view but also of course the benefits to the children can be inestimable. Whether you want to refine certain areas of your skills as a parent or you are facing major challenges parenting skills programmes can be a useful tool.
Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities Courses
The Race Equality Foundation has been very successful at running parenting courses - which they call programmes. Their programme is called - Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities. It is an inclusive evidence-based parenting programme adapted from the US parenting programme, 'Strengthening multi-ethnic families: A violence prevention programme'.
In America the programme has been running successfully with a range of parents and carers since 1993. It has been particularly successful with African American and other ethnic minority communities.
The programme aims to be supportive rather than critical with an informal participatory workshop style. The programme runs for 13 weeks and has been attended by a range of parents. The programme is inclusive but is keen to reach and encourage involvement from parents from marginalised communities, including black and minority ethnic parents, teenaged parents and fathers.
The programme has been successful in delivering improvements in parental confidence and changes in family relationships. These results have been verified and reported on after conducting independent scientifically validated tests.
Aims of the programme
The Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities programme is based on a strengths based ‘facilitative model’ which aims to raise the consciousness of parents. In addition, the curriculum aims to help families develop:
Programme Structure a national network of local workshops
For more information about the programme please see the Race Equality Foundation website link below