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Early Intervention/Parenting Support

Giving every child & young person the best start in life

A wealth of information exists on the influence of children’s outcomes both short and long term. Stemming from this is an increased policy and practice focus on evidence based parenting interventions and a subsequent need to be able to determine not just what works but how and why.

While pregnancy and infancy are vital stages in the creation of secure attachments and in a child’s emotional, physical and social development, evidence has shown that a parent’s influence extends well beyond this. A supportive home environment and strong parenting skills have been shown

to have positive outcomes for educational attainment, well-being and achievements.

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 of the Southern Trust provides support and capacity building for the development of a range of these programmes from pre-birth to 18 years in the Southern Trust area.

These include

  • Solihull ‘Understanding your child’ (Birth-18 yrs)
  • Mellow Parenting
  • Incredible Years
  • Roots of Empathy
  • Odyssey Parenting Your Teen
  • Parents Plus Teen Programmes

Programme links for parents

Training Links for Practitioners


Maureen McSorley, (Roots of Empathy), Senior Health Promotion Officer – Youth

Call us028 3756 4489

Martina McCooey, Child Development Interventions Coordinator – Parenting

Call us028 3756 4462

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