Parents as Partners

Hear from 5 parents who have been on the Parents as Partners programme:

Thank-you for visiting our Parents as Partners page.
We’re sorry to say that funding for the free delivery of Parents as Partners groups has now come to an end and we are no longer taking applications to the programme.

Although the group programme is no longer available, couples and co-parents can still access help through the couple counselling and parenting services offered by Tavistock Relationships. Referral is straightforward and couples can book themselves a first appointment through the our service page here.

The Parents as Partners programme (called Schoolchildren and their Families in US Studies) provided a safe space for couples and co-parents to work out how to move forward if things have been difficult. It looked at the whole family, not just the relationship between parents and their children. The sessions involved both parents in a group setting always led by a male and female pair of trained workers.

Hear more about the programme here, as featured on BBC Radio 4 PM

Hw did the programme help?

Parents as Partners has proven results in helping:

  • Improve your relationship and communication with your child's other parent
  • Strengthen your family relationships and improve your child's wellbeing and success
  • Manage the challenges and stress of family life
  • Reduce conflict in your relationship

To find out more about its outcomes, look at the Early Intervention Foundation Guidebook’s page on the ‘Schoolchildren and their Families’ programme (the original name of this programme in the US when it was tested on a group of parents whose children were entering school – it’s the same programme as Parents as Partners). Here you can find out more about how it helps to support children’s mental health and well-being, enhance school achievement and reduce internalising and externalising problems. The Parents as Partners programme works with parents who have at least one child aged 11 or under.

My husband and I were referred to parents as partners by our counsellor. To be perfectly honest I was very sceptical about it and if it wasn't because of not having an option to improve our relationship, I wouldn't have attended it. Issues like confidentiality was a big problem for us. We didn't want to discuss our personal issues in front of others. Plus, being in a room with five other couples for a limited amount of time made us think we cannot take much away with us... However, the group was a life changer for us... I wish we had done it earlier. Sharing some time with other couples who go through similar problems, sharing their approach towards their issues and having two professionals who are amazing at guiding couples is so helpful towards improving relationships. The group is designed in a way that covers the most parts of marital problems especially those that come up after becoming a parent. Since we've done the course, our relationship with each other and our child has become a lot better. The session about communication was absolutely brilliant. It's helped us being able to talk with each other effectively without avoiding or arguing. Also, not only wasn't the confidentiality an issue, but we ended up making some great friends for life... I highly recommend this group. You cannot imagine how effective it can be...

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The Parents as Partners programme, a group-based approach to strengthening parental couple relationships and family life, was named the 'Best Family Support Intervention' at the Children & Young People Now awards ceremony at 2017 ceremony. 

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