Parenting services have been affected by Covid-19 (Coronavirus).
In Sheffield, parents and carers can access a range of groups that offer practical advice and support with parenting. We deliver programmes that are evidence based, tried and tested. This means that the content is written by professional psychologists who have years of research into what works to manage behaviours and difficulties that we can all face as parents. These programmes are delivered across the world and have over 30 years of research behind them.
Everyone has busy lives and we are all different. There are different types of groups you can access depending on your needs and the time you have to spare. Please read the information below about the types of groups you can access.
To find out what’s on and when in your area see our Sheffield Parenting What’s on in supporting information. Book your place on Eventbrite or by emailing or phoning us. Course dates and details will also be posted as events on our Family Centres Facebook page.
Triple P seminars
Triple P seminars are for those who are generally coping well but have one or two concerns, or would simply like to gather some tips.
Seminars are large one-off information sessions covering positive parenting techniques for parents and carers who simply want some basic information and advice to take home and try. Seminars run for 90 minutes and cover topics including:
- Positive parenting for 0–12s
- Raising confident and competent children (under 12s)
- Raising resilient children (under 12s)
- Raising responsible teenagers
- Raising competent teenagers
- Getting teenagers connected
Triple P discussion groups
Triple P discussion groups are for those who are mostly enjoying parenting, but who want to know how to deal with specific problem behaviour.
These are short small group sessions that offer practical advice for tackling a specific problem behaviour. Groups are two hours, and you can choose from a range of topics.
0 – 12 Discussion groups:
Topic 1: Dealing with disobedience for under 12s
This discussion topic provides examples of common forms of disobedience and some reasons why children have difficulty learning to follow instructions. A number of positive parenting strategies are then introduced to help parents develop a personal plan to prevent disobedience, teach their child limits, and also to manage disobedience when necessary.
Topic 2: Managing fighting and aggression for under 12s
In this session, parents are encouraged to share their experiences of aggressive and destructive behaviour from their children and discuss some of the reasons children fight. This group covers the skills that children need to be able to cooperate and get along with others. Parents learn how to teach skills such as sharing, communicating, and being gentle. They also prepare plans to manage times when fighting and aggression do occur.
Topic 3: Developing good bedtime routines for under 12s
This discussion topic explores different problems parents commonly face at bedtime and some of the reasons why they happen. The skills children need to get into a good bedtime routine are discussed and parents are introduced to positive parenting strategies to help prevent problems. The approaches to encouraging children to stay in their own bed throughout the night are discussed: the gentle, the gradual, and the direct approach. All approaches are evidence-based and parents choose which approach suits them best.
Topic 4: Hassle-free outings with children
This discussion topic uses shopping trips as an example of one of the most common times parents have to deal with difficult behaviour in public. Positive parenting strategies are discussed as step-by-step suggestions for preventing problems and teaching children how to behave on shopping trips. Parents develop individualised plans to manage problem behaviour during their own shopping trips and are encouraged to transfer new parenting strategies to other potentially difficult community situations.
Teen discussion groups
Topic 1: Getting teenagers to cooperate
During this discussion, parents share some of their experiences and ideas about dealing with non-cooperation and discuss reasons why teenagers can be uncooperative. Several positive parenting strategies are introduced to help parents develop a plan to motivate their teenager to be cooperative at home.
Topic 2: Coping with teenagers’ emotions
In this session parents discuss some of the reasons teenagers have emotional reactions and skills that teens need to calm themselves down. Several positive parenting strategies are introduced to help parents teach their teen to better manage their emotions.
Topic 3: Building teenagers’ survival skills
This discussion topic explores why teenagers sometimes make risky decisions and how they can learn to keep themselves safe while gradually developing independence. Parents are introduced to positive parenting strategies to help their teen plan for a situation which may potentially put their health or wellbeing at risk.
Topic 4: Reducing family conflict
During this discussion, parents share some of their experiences of conflict with their teenager and discuss why sometimes this occurs in families. Several positive parenting strategies are introduced to help parents teach their teens how to get along with other family members and resolve problems. Ways to manage times when conflict affects the whole family are also discussed.
Group parenting programmes
Group parenting programmes are for those who are finding being a parent a bit of a challenge and may find that three or more topics from the discussion groups would be helpful.
Group programmes range from 9 to 15 weeks in duration and cover the full range of parenting strategies with personalised support for people in the group to help you put these into practice back home. There are different programmes depending on the age of your child/children and their needs:
- Baby Incredible Years
- The Incredible Years programme for parents of 2 – 8s
- Triple P for parents of 0 – 12s
- Teen Triple P
Support for parents and carers of children with SEND
New seminars and group parenting programmes for parents and carers of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).
Being a parent is amazing, but there are challenges along the way. These groups are there to support you.
Seminars are one-off sessions aimed at parents and carers of children with SEND aged up to 12. They give parents strategies to use with their child and cover a number of issues:
- 0 to 12 - Helping your child reach their potential
- 0 to 12 - Changing Negative Behaviour into Positive Behaviour
- 0 to 12 - Positive Parenting for Children with a Disability
Seminars are for you if you just want a few tips and strategies and have time to attend a one off session.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Group programmes run from 10 to 15 weeks. There are different programmes depending on the age of your child/children and their needs:
- EPEC - Being a Parenting of a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (10 weeks) - This course will help parents/carers of children with ASD. The programme explores ways of managing behaviour, raising self-esteem and confidence. It is run by parent volunteers who have completed the Empowering Parents, Empowering Children training and their experiences, backgrounds, skills and qualities make each session inviting and engaging.
- Incredible Years ASD (15 weeks) - A programme for parents of children aged 2-8 years that may be displaying complex challenging behaviour. It tailors to each child’s individual needs and their development. It strengthens parent-child interactions and attachment, reducing harsh discipline and parents’ ability to promote their children’s social, emotional, and language development.
- Incredible Years has been evaluated for over 30 years working with families of children with ADHD, ASD and Language delays all over the world and has been proven to work!
- Triple P ASD (15 weeks) - A programme of Teen Parenting and Mood Management strategies. Based on Triple P’s proven parenting strategies, it gives ways to deal with the kinds of teenager behaviour problems & issues that can make family life stressful. It gives parents practical strategies around managing emotions and behaviours common in young people with ASD including strategies to identify and control feelings that can help with their child’s emotional development.
97% of parents have rated the SEND parenting programmes as ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’.
Comments from parents who've used our services
“A bit of a lifeline to be honest. A mixture of brilliant, kind, empathetic and experiences programme leaders and a lovely group and fellow parents, eager to share and help. Highly recommend!”
“I have found it very helpful and it has taught me a lot of new things”
“By attending the programme I have learnt not just from the workers but by talking and listening with other parents. I have learnt to be calmer and that has made the children more clam and their behaviour has improved”
Co-Parenting Group Programmes
Co-parenting is challenging whether you are parents living together or parents who are separated. In Sheffield we recognise this and have the following programmes you can access to support.
Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP) in partnership with CAFCASS
This is a one off programme for 4 hours and helps parents who are not in the court arena to understand how to put their children first whilst they separate. The programme encourages separated parents to behave in the best interests of their children and to become clearer about what their children need most from them.
The programme also equips parents with skills to take steps for themselves; this may include developing agreements that do not need court intervention.
Parents do not attend the same session as their ex-partner, but the sessions give parents the tools to help support them and their child/children during this difficult time.
EPEC Being a Parent Together Workshop
This is a one off session lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes. This workshop is for co-parenting couples to attend together who are either living together or apart. This is an opportunity to reflect on what is working well in the family, putting the children’s needs first and what areas could be further developed or changed. The workshop aims to improve child development and outcomes, parenting, family resilience and family relationships. The Being a Parent Together Workshop course creates a trusting group ethos, where parents are encouraged and supported.
EPEC Being a Parent Together Group Programme
This 10 week programme is specifically for parents and carers who are concerned about disagreements, quarrels and unresolved difficulties in their relationship that is affecting their parenting. This conflict may at times put the couple’s relationship at risk of separation and breakdown. It aims to improve child development and outcomes, parenting, family resilience and family relationships. The Being a Parent Together Workshop course creates a trusting group ethos, where parents are encouraged and supported.
Triple P Family Transitions Group Programme
This is a 6 week parallel programme for parents/carers who are experience personal stress from separation or divorce which is impacting or complicating parenting. It gives parents ways to limit the negative effects on child development by promoting parenting and family processes that contribute to family adjustment after separation. It focuses on skills to resolve conflicts and cope positively with stress.