Welcome to the section of our site that provides information for parents.
Below you can find out how to join a parent group; explore free downloads with practical tips and ideas for parents, and find contact details for organisations offering help and support for children and families.
You can find many more tips and ideas in The Parenting Puzzle book; your guide to transforming family life.
If you work with parents and families you might like to find out about our programmes and training options.
I want to join a parent group!
We train people to run parent groups in children’s centres, schools, mosques, family support services and many other venues around the UK. Below you will find links to services that will help you find a parent group near you.
Find details of your nearest children’s centre to ask whether they’re running a Nurturing Programme Parent Group.
Find your local authority and visit the family or children section of their website to find out what family support is available in your area.
If your local children’s centre doesn’t yet offer Family Links groups, do let them know about this website! You might also like to try the online parenting course we have developed with Netmums . It’s a great introduction to the way we work.
If you want to buy your own copy of The Parenting Puzzle book, simply visit our online shop and buy your copy online.
Free downloads for parents
Top tips for parents
Step by step guides for parents
- Giving effective praise
- Choices and consequences
- Making family rules
- Time out... to calm down
- Active ignoring
- Problem solving
Practice sheets for parents to fill in and keep
Things to do with your children
- The NSPCC can provide help if you are worried about a child for any reason. Contact their free 24/7 helpline on 0808 800 5000.
- ChildLine is a service provided by the NSPCC for children and young people. Children can call their free, confidential helpline 24/7 on 0800 1111. Their website also provides support, information and advice for children and young people.
- Women’s Aid
- Women’s Aid offers a 24-hour domestic violence helpline on 0808 2000 247.
- Samaritans are available 24/7, 365 days a year if you need someone to talk to on 116 123. All calls are free and confidential and you don’t have to be suicidal to get in touch.
- Action on Addiction
- Action on Addiction offers support and advice for anyone affected by addiction.
- Kidscape aims to combat bullying and child protection issues. The charity works UK-wide with children, young people, parents/carers and organisations to provide practical skills and resources to keep children safe.
- Scope runs a network to support the families of disabled children.
- PFLAG offers support for the parents and families of gay and lesbian children.
- Mind offers a broad range of advice for young people about all aspects of mental health.
- Single parents
- Single parents offer support for anyone raising children on their own.
- Sorting out Separation
- Sorting out Separation help you deal with relationship breakdown and offer specialist support for separated families.
- Netmums offers a wealth of information from other parents and parenting professionals. Netmums is also home to an online parenting course based on the Family Links Nurturing Programme.
- The Fatherhood Institute
- The Fatherhood Institute is an information centre for fatherhood that collates and publishes international research on fatherhood and lobbies for father’s rights.
- Action for Prisoners’ and Offenders’ Families
- Action for Prisoners’ and Offenders’ Families is a national organisation representing the needs of families affected by imprisonment.
- Child Bereavement UK
- Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals both when a baby or child dies or is dying and when a child is bereaved.
What parents say
“Don’t hesitate, if you’re looking at this course it’s because you had that spark of interest, go for it.”
A message from Shaun, a father of five:
“Any parent with concerns as to how your dealing with parenthood take a look at this course, we had concerns as to how we were dealing with our daughters behaviour, mainly tantrums, we were looking at books for a long time trying to find out how to best deal with it, the best for us and obviously our daughter. This course was offered to us and we gladly enrolled….
Before you go any further understand that this course is designed for parents what ever your ability/experience, I have 3 children from a first marriage all in their 30’s, and 2 from my present marriage, my older children are well adjusted, happy successful individuals so my concerns weren’t as to how I dealt with parenting in the past but how I was going to deal with it in the future, I have a 5 year old and 3 year old now and I wanted to feel safe in the knowledge that I was doing the best I possibly can for them.
This course offers the parent a wealth of information second to none, no-one is born with built in parenting skills so relax in the knowledge that you are not alone, we are all parents and thats where we connect, thats our shared interest. we are currently putting into practice what we learned on the course so writing now is so easy, we are not at all where we would like to be in terms of being totally satisfied we are doing everything right, but I don’t think anyone can say they really are, all we can do is our best and enjoy the journey, we are without doubt enjoying family life more now with this knowledge. As well as learning a new set of skills you will gain the confidence required to move forward and progress, you wouldn’t take on caring for animals without re-educating yourself so stands to reason that you would want to educate yourself as a parent.
Don’t hesitate, if your looking at this course it’s because you had that spark of interest, go for it.”