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Searching for Parents to Road Test On-line Parenting Support

October 03, 2012 9:18 AM

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The search is on for 100 parents of kids under 12 to test out a new way of accessing parenting support offered by the acclaimed Triple P programme.

More than 20,000 families have already benefitted from the tried and tested advice and support offered by Triple P and now NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is offering 100 parents of children of pre-school or primary school age the chance to road test a new on-line way of using the programme.

Since its introduction in 2009 the programme, which is now offered in Glasgow, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire, has made a significant impact on the families who have taken part to date.

The programme is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ parenting course but is a system that offers increasing levels of support to meet parent’s different needs.

Parents can currently chose anything from attending seminars or using self-help books and DVDs to more intensive group courses and individual counselling session.

However in a bid to further improve access to the programme NHSGGC now want to explore and test out another ‘anytime that suits option’ via specially designed internet courses.

Dr Linda de Caestecker, NHSGGC Director of Public Health, said: “I want as many people as possible to gain from the benefits the Triple P programme offers. Already we have seen some fantastic successes since the programme’s launch three years ago but I want to look at other ways in which parents can participate. It’s about making the advice as accessible as possible.

“We’re therefore looking for parents from the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area to give us feedback on the on-line Tripe P course to help us decide if we can use it more widely alongside the many other ways in which the programme is currently accessed.”

The online course has eight separate parenting modules. It is designed for parents of children up to 12 years. It consists of interactive exercises, video clips, individual goal setting, downloadable worksheets and pod casts. It also includes review and reminder systems supported by text messages and emails.

Parents need only spend 30 minutes per week online over a 14 week period. This is entirely flexible and can be condensed into a shorter course time if a parent wishes.

To take part in the trial parents need to be resident in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area with a child or children of pre-school or primary school age.

All parents who want to trial the on-line programme need do is email NHSGGC with a few basic details about themselves and their child. The e-mail address is: [email protected]

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