Waterford Directory of Services - Children & Young People's Services Committee

Waterford Directory of Services

Children & Young People's Services Committee

Programmes

Parents Plus Early Years Programme

The first 5 years of a child’s life are crucial.

By supporting families during this early stage you can make a long term positive difference for children.

Our Early Years programme is practical, solution-focused and draws on parents strengths and is suitable for parents of children aged 1 to 6 years, including young children with additional needs. It is flexible and can be delivered over 6-12 weeks in small groups or with individuals.

 

Impact of the Early Years Programme

Studies in preschool, mental health and early intervention settings have shown that families who complete the Parents Plus Early Years programme report: 

  • Increased child positive social behaviour
  • Increased school readiness
  • Reduced emotional problems
  • Decreased parental stress
  • Increased parental confidence

 

Parents Plus Children’s Programme

This programme is practical, solution-focused and draws on parents strengths. It is suitable for parents of children aged 6-11 years, including children with additional needs. The programme is flexible and can be delivered to small groups or with individuals over 6-12 weeks.

Impact of the Children’s Programme

  •  Increased child positive social behaviour
  •  Reduced behaviour problems
  •  Reduced emotional problems
  •  Decreased parental stress
  •  Increased parental confidence



Parents Plus Adolescent’s Programme

The teenage years can be a challenging time for many families. By helping parents develop warm relationships with their teenagers you can reduce conflict and support their teenagers to grow up as well-adjusted and happy adults. 

This programme is practical, solution-focused and draws on parents strengths. It is suitable for parents of adolescents, including those with additional needs, such as ADHD. It is flexible and can be delivered over 6-12 weeks in small groups or with individuals.

We have also developed the Parents Plus Special Needs programme for parents of young people with an intellectual disability.

  • Manage and resolve conflict 
  • Build self-esteem and confidence
  • Create warm connected relationships
  • Positively discipline their adolescent
  • Negotiate rules and boundaries
  • Solve problems together
  • Communicate positively and effectively
  • Reduce their own stress as parents

Impact of the Adolescent’s Programme

  •  Increased teen positive social behaviour
  •  Reduced behaviour and emotional problems
  •  Decreased parental stress
  •  Improved family communication
  •  Increased parental confidence

 

Parenting When Separated Programme

Families going through separation can experience increased isolation and conflict.  With our Parenting When Separated Programme, you can help parents to personally cope, and to co-parent effectively, to ensure their children cope and thrive.

This programme is practical, solution-focused and draws on parents strengths. It is suitable for parents who are preparing for, going through or have gone through a separation or divorce. It is flexible and can be delivered over 6-12 weeks in small groups or with individuals.

  • Solve co-parenting problems in a positive way which focuses on the needs of their children
  • Create practical arrangements for children that minimise stress and conflict
  • Improve communication with their children and with their children’s other parent
  • Cope with the emotional impact of separation and learn stress management techniques
  • Help their children cope emotionally with the separation 
  • Deal with the challenges of lone parenting or being a ‘live away’

Impact of the Parenting When Separated Programme

  •  Reduction in inter-parental conflict
  •  Decrease in child behaviour problems
  •  Decrease in parental adjustment problems
  •  Increase in parental satisfaction
  •  Increase in goal attainment for parents and children

 

Child to Parent Violence – The Non Violent Resistance Programme (NVR)

Non-violent resistance (NVR) is a supportive program for parents that are experiencing child to parent violence.

Parents can become caught up in a struggle for power/control with their child, this conflict can fracture relationships and at times the child can become violent towards their parents or siblings.

NVR is a structured weekly program with the aim of reducing violence in the home, empowering parents, repairing relationships, improving communication and supporting the child to regulate their emotions.

Child to parent violence includes a wide range of abusive behaviours such as aggression, intimidation, acts of physical violence and controlling tactics including following/stalking parents or financial abuse.

This violence is often kept a secret by families for many reasons including feelings of shame, guilt and fear of being judged.

 

Managing Conflict

All families experience conflict at times however when this conflict escalates and becomes violent or is happening regularly it can be very stressful for parents, siblings and for the child displaying the violent behaviour.

Children can display anger and aggression when they have difficulty regulating their emotions and communicating how they feel.

The aim of the NVR program is to empower parents to build a new authority and to resist being dragged into the conflict cycle.

NVR encourages parents to reconnect with their child, support them to manage their emotions and help build their resilience.

Parents are also encouraged to develop a network of support to help them implement the steps of the program.

NVR focuses on the here and now with research showing it reduces child to parent violence once the steps of the program are followed and implemented.

During the NVR program parents/carers learn to resist the violence through a variety of strategies including but not limited to:

  • De-escalation
  • Increased parental presence
  • Resourcing themselves
  • Increased parental authority
  • Gaining support
  • Peaceful protest within the home.

Habits can develop over time in reacting to conflict and NVR allows parents/carers an opportunity to reflect on their own contribution to aggressive and violent behaviour while developing and implementing de-escalation skills.

Positive results have also been reported from families that have children with additional needs in reducing violence in their home.