Children, Young People and Parenting
“The most significant opportunities to improve people’s health, wellbeing and life opportunities exist in the form of early intervention and services, particularly (but not exclusively) designed for children and young people. This is because children and young people’s early years are crucial for their physical and psychological development. Families play a very important part in this. Indeed, parental influence is known to be one of the most significant factors in the life chances of children and young people.”
Giving every child the best start and opportunities in life
The Trust is committed to supporting the best start and opportunities in life for children and young people to promote future wellbeing, relationships, educational attainment and capacity to engage in the world of work.
The Public Health Agency (PHA) has invested in the promotion and development of a number of evidence based programmes for parents and young people to support improved outcomes for children and families and prevent poor health and wellbeing.
The Promoting Wellbeing Division provides support and capacity for the development of a range of these programmes across the age spectrum (pre-birth-18 years) in the Southern Trust area.
About our support programmes: (for more information on each of these, please see below)
- Early years and school age programmes
- Teenage programmes
- Understanding your child’s behaviour (Birth-18 yrs)
- Roots of Empathy programme
- Current programmes running and training for practitioners to support delivery (ON CYPSP WEBSITE)
- Promoting wellbeing training programmes
- Parenting Programmes Southern Area
- NI evidence based Parenting Programmes
- Other useful resources
Martina McCooey, Child Development Intervention Coordinator – Parenting firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 028 3756 4462 or 07795 450278
Maureen McSorley (Roots of Empathy), Senior Health Promotion Officer – Youth mailto:email@example.com Tel. 028 3756 4489
Early years and school age programmes
Support for families who are experiencing relationship difficulties with their young children and have additional health and social care needs.
- Mellow Bumps for Mums 20-30 weeks gestation
- Mellow Mums for Mums and children aged 1-4 years
Parenting programmes aimed at improving parent-child interactions, building positive relationships and attachment.
- Incredible Years Baby –Parent and Baby (Birth-1 years)
- Incredible Years Toddler-Parents ((1-3 years)
- Incredible Years Pre School-Parents (3-6/8)
- Incredible Years School Age-Parents (5-12 years)
The IYNI Training and Supervision Calendar 2019-20 lists the support and training available to existing Incredible Years parenting programme group leaders and their managers. You can also find out more about support for those interested in brining the programme into their setting.
IYNI application form 2018-19
For Parents of children aged 3-12 years (Delivered by Family Links)
For parents of teenage children (delivered by Parenting NI)
For parents and young people aged 12-16 years (delivered by Ascert). Click the following links to view videos of the programme:
- Overview of The Strengthening Families Programme
- A Parent’s Experience of the Strengthening Families Programme (Interview)
- Strengthening Families information leaflet
For further information on programme activity in your area please visit the CYPSP website.
Current programmes running and training for practitioners to support delivery
CLICK HERE to view CYPSP wesbite
Roots of Empathy
Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom programme that has been shown to reduce levels of aggression among school children, while also improving social and emotional competence and increasing empathy. Significantly, it provides an effective approach to reducing the risk factors that cause violence.
The Southern Health and Social Care Trust (SHSCT) are currently engaged with 27 primary schools to deliver Roots of Empathy.
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Promoting Wellbeing Training Programmes
Other useful resources
- Top tips for parents – your guide to positive parenting – available in multiple translations.
- Top tips for parenting teenagers – available in multiple translations
- Respectful Sharenting