It’s not easy being the parent of a teenager …
No-one can prepare us for the ups and downs of life and living with a teenager…
What is the parenting support service?
We work in partnership with families, the Youth Offending Service and other professionals to share skills, offer information, advice and support to parents.
We work in a variety of ways by:
- Offering intensive support to parents, carers, grandparents to help them cope with living with their children and teenagers
- Delivering one-to-one support and programmes to parents/ carers
- Running friendly, informal parenting skills’ programmes for small groups
- Referring families to other services if required.
- We are a VOLUNTARY service (except when Parenting Orders have been imposed by a court)
- We are there to help not to judge – we won’t tell you what to do
What happens next …
A Parenting Worker will make contact with you to arrange a home visit to discuss any concerns you may have with your child’s behaviour.
This will be at a time to suit you.
After talking about the problems you are facing, you and your worker will put together a plan of support.
This will cover practical areas of support such as setting boundaries, discipline, conflict resolution and communicating with your child.
Parenting skills programmes
If you wish, you can join a group, meeting others in similar situations, where you can get support and share experiences.
Groups cover topics like:
- Confidence building
- The parenting job – what is it?
- Negotiating with your child
- Boundaries and rule setting
- Conflict resolution
- Parenting styles
- Improving communication
- Making Choices
- Setting an example
Other Useful Websites and contacts:
Please follow the links below:
Practical advice on what to do if your child goes missing. https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/tcs/runaways_parents_guide_2013_final_six-page.pdf
Drugaid Cymru works with families to help them to understand, respond to and cope with the substance use of their child / young person.
It is important you know how to protect the children you love by recognising the signs and symptoms of exploitation.
Mental Health for Children and Young People
YoungMinds Parents’ Helpline is a free, confidential helpline for any adult who is concerned about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.
The Child and Family Bibliotherapy Scheme is available at your local library. There are a number of Self- help books on different topics to help children and families.
Local and national organisations and support can be found at:
Supporting Families Torfaen
Monmouthshire Family Information Service https://www.monfis.org.uk
Telephone 01633 644527