Strengthening Families Strengthening, Communities parenting programme

Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC) is an inclusive evidence-based parenting programme, designed to promote protective factors which are associated with good parenting and better outcomes for children.

By taking part in SFSC, you will:

  • get to meet other parents
  • be given information and strategies for bringing up your children
  • get help to make sure your voice is heard.

We understand that taking part in the SFSC programme may seem a little daunting. Below we have given some more information designed to give you more information   about the structure and content of SFSC or about what you will need to do when taking part in the programme.

Find out more about SFSC.

  • SFSC is a group- based programme, and you will usually take part alongside 8–-12 other parents.
  • The programme will run by two ‘facilitators’, who have undergone extensive training to ensure that everyone gets the most out of the programme.

How long is the course?

  • It lasts for 13 weeks, and each week you will attend a 3-hour session.
  • Many groups will also provide refreshments, childcare and transport to make it easier to attend– there is no charge for these.

What do I have to do?

  • Get involved!  Although the facilitators will give information and techniques to help you, SFSC works best when everyone takes part fully.
  • The programme will help you to think about your own experiences, and about how your culture and family background have shaped your parenting style.
  • Each week you will also be given activities to do at home. Previous attendees have found that if they do these, they get more out of the programme.

What will SFSC give me?

SFSC will help you to answer these important parenting questions:

  • How can I motivate my child to try their best at school?
  • How do I build a better relationship with my child?
  • How do I stop my teenager getting involved in drinking, drugs, antisocial behaviour or truanting?
  • How do I encourage my partner to participate in my child’s life?
  • How do I put boundaries in place with my child?
  • What youth and parent services are available in my community?

The programme will provide:

  • a safe space to share your views and be listened to
  • an opportunity to get information and ideas to help with decisions about bringing up your children
  • new skills, and support in developing your confidence
  • connections with the wider communities and services in your area.

The SFSC programme is also accredited through the Open College Network. This means that you can gain credits for taking part in the programme, which you can use when you apply for a job or if you want to go back into education.

Is SFSC right for me?

SFSC is for all parents. The programme is run in all communities with parents from lots of different backgrounds, including:

  • mums and dads, grandparents, foster carers, and teen parents
  • parents from different ethnic minority communities and faith backgrounds
  • parents who speak different languages
  • parents with disabilities or learning dificulties
  • individuals with very different qualifications and jobs
  • people like you!

What have other parents said about SFSC?

  • "I became involved with the Family Intervention Project because of the problems I was having. I had lots going on, some would say my life was “chaotic” and I would definitely say my level of living was poor. SFSC really impacted on my parenting, and gave me time to reflect and make a difference to my family. My life has changed through SFSC and by contact with the FIP and the workers there."
  • "The classes were excellent. The facilitators ensured that everyone was included. They listened to, respected and valued each person. The sessions were always varied, pacey and interesting. I would recommend this class for every parent."
  • "Exactly the right material – wish it lasted longer as really appreciate the support network too. Great to take part in a multi-ethnic group – very enlightening."
  • "I feel more encouraged that I am a better parent than I thought I was."
  • "It was helpful being able to identify resources in the community and being able to ask questions to get answers to solve problems."

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