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The Strengthening Families Programme

The Strengthening Families Programme 10-14(UK) (SFP) is delivered over 7 weekly sessions. It is an evidence based programme to help families with young people aged between 8 and 14 years. Further information about the programme can be found at www.mystrongfamily.co.uk

Referrals to this programme should be made by a professional, using the referral form below and sent to parenting@warrington.gcsx.gov.uk.  

The programme's goals are:

  • To reduce children's behavioural and conduct problems and prevent substance misuse
  • Prevent later anti-social behaviour by increasing both parents' and children's self confidence and self-esteem
  • Improve parent-child interactions through better communication and the use of appropriate limits and consequences of behaviour.

The SFP10-14 (UK) runs over 7 weekly two hour sessions for parents and young people, who attend separate skill-building groups for the first hour and spend the second hour together in supervised family activities.

Children's sessions focus on strengthening goal setting, dealing with stress and strong emotions, communication skills, increasing responsible behaviour, and improving skills to deal with peer pressure.

Parents discuss the importance of both nurturing their youth while, at the same time, setting rules, monitoring compliance and applying appropriate discipline. Topics include making house rules, encouraging good behaviour, using consequences, building bridges and protecting against alcohol and substance misuse. A breakdown of the topics for each of the weekly sessions is given in the table below.

Sessions contain a variety of activities:

  • Parent sessions include viewing and discussing DVDs that portray negative and positive interactions with youth, skill-building activities and group support
  • Youth sessions include game-like learning activities, discussions and skill-building activities
  • Family sessions include parent-youth discussions, games, projects, skill-building practice and DVD viewing

In addition to the 2 hour group sessions individual telephone calls from one of the programme facilitators are provided throughout the programme with booster sessions available around six months after the programme end. 

Referral criteria

  • Child/young person is aged 8 to 14 years old
  • Father/Mother/carer and child/young person agree to attend the programme
  • Children with general behaviour and conduct problems
                                                    (and/or)
  • Parents with children exhibiting early impulsiveness, aggression, substance misuse, anti-social behaviour, truanting
                                                    (and/or)
  • Parents with recognised parental risk factors e.g. substance misuse,   parental offending, parental mental health difficulties

Who to contact

E-mail
parenting@warrington.gcsx.gov.uk
Notes

Louise Donaldson

Parenting Co-Ordinator

Complex Families

Early Help Division

Families and Wellbeing Directorate

Warrington Borough Council

2nd Floor Newtown House

Buttermarket Street

Warrington

WA1 2NH

Email ldonaldson@warrington.gov.uk

Office 01925 444266

Mobile 07815 590130

 

Suzanne Clements

Parenting Co-Ordinator

Complex Families

Early Help Division

Families and Wellbeing Directorate

Warrington Borough Council

2nd Floor Newtown House

Buttermarket Street

Warrington

WA1 2NH

Email sclements2@warrington.gov.uk

Office 01925 442894

Mobile 07976682670

 

Parent organisation
Parenting support in Warrington

Other details

Availability

Age ranges
8-14 years
Referral required
Yes
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