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Supporting Every Renfrewshire Parent to Stay Positive

April 18, 2011 4:10 PM

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A ground-breaking parenting programme, which has helped more than six million children and their families across the globe, is now being offered free to all parents with young children in Renfrewshire.

Renfrewshire Council and Renfrewshire CHP is are offering the acclaimed Triple P parenting programme to all Renfrewshire families with children ranging in age from birth to 16 years old.

Triple P is designed to give parents the skills they need to raise confident, healthy children and teenagers and to build stronger family relationships. It doesn’t tell people how to parent but gives simple and practical strategies that can be adapted to suits parents owns needs.

Fiona MacKay, Renfrewshire CHP’s Head of Health Improvement, said:
“Triple P is a programme which provides advice and support to parents that has been proven to work. Over more than 30 years its practical strategies have been tried and tested and have been shown to help families in all types of situations.”

Triple P, was launched in Glasgow last year and has already made a significant impact. Renfrewshire is the next local authority area to roll-out the programme.

It is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ parenting course. It is a system that offers increasing levels of support to meet parents’ different needs.

Parents can choose anything from attending seminars or self-help books and DVDs to more intensive group courses or individual counselling sessions.

Renfrewshire schools will play a key role in delivering Triple P. Parents or carers of every child starting Primary School in Renfrewshire will be invited to attend seminars - the first of which is called the “Power of Positive Parenting. Starting school is such an important time of transition for both parent and child however parents with children of other ages are welcome to attend the seminars. Parents can also access the programme through local groups, their health visitor and other services.

The first seminar is being held at Auchenlodment Primary School on Tuesday 19 April 2011 at 9.30am.

Hundreds of practitioners, including health visitors, social workers and nurses, have already been trained to deliver Tripe P to parents.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: "We are delighted to launch the Triple P programme to support parents in Renfrewshire. Being a parent is one of the hardest roles we can take on in life and Triple P has been developed to support all parents. We would encourage all parents in Renfrewshire to take up the opportunity to join in a seminar."

Fiona MacKay added: “Children who grow up with positive parenting are more likely to develop the skills they need to do well at schoolwork, build friendships, and feel good about themselves. They are also much less likely to develop behavioural or emotional problems when they get older. Similarly parents who use positive parenting skills feel more confident and competent about managing day-to-day family life. They are also less stressed, depressed and have less conflict with their parents over parenting issues.

“We know that parenting is crucial to how a child develops and can have an impact that extends far beyond the family home.

“Good parenting sets children up for life and helps prevent problems that can affect everyone in the community, so we see Triple P as an investment in our children’s – and Renfrewshire’s - future.”

Parents who would like to find out more about Triple P in Renfrewshire can call 0800 027 7246 or visit the website for information and lots of helpful hints and tips on positive parenting – www.triplep-staypositive.net.

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For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

 Notes to editors
Triple P has been tested on thousands of families over the past 30 years.
More than 90 international trials and studies have shown it works across cultures, socio-economic groups and in many different family structures.

Triple P is now used in 20 countries including the USA, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Japan, Iran, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Netherlands, Germany, Curacao, Romania, Switzerland, Austria and Sweden. It has been translated into 17 languages and has helped more than three million children and their families.

Triple P has won numerous international awards, including the Australian Heads of Government National Violence Prevention Award, while Professor Sanders has been a consultant to the World Health Organisation and the Council of Europe and to governments in countries including the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Japan and Iran.


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