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 Glasgow.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) and Glasgow City Council (GCC) are offering the acclaimed Triple P parenting programme to all Glasgow 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.
NHSGGC and GCC Joint Director of Public Health, Linda de Caestecker, explained: “Triple P is a programme which provides advice and support to parents that has been proven to work in many cities facing similar problems to Glasgow. 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 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 one-off public seminars or self-help books and DVDs to more intensive group courses or individual counselling sessions.
“We’re offering parents as much or as little help as they need and we’re providing that help in a wide range of venues and locations around the city. We’re trying to making it as easy as possible for parents to get Triple P because this is for all parents,” says Linda de Caestecker.
Glasgow City schools will play a key role in delivering Triple P. Parents or carers of every child entering a P1 class in Glasgow City are currently being invited to a series of seminars - the first of which is a 90 minute seminar entitled the “Power of Positive Parenting.” The P1 age has been chosen as this is such an important time of transition for both parent and child. Parents with children of other ages can access the programme through local groups, through their health visitor and through libraries and other services.
Councillor Jim Coleman, Chair of Glasgow Community Planning Partnership, said: “Everyone knows children don’t come with a manual and parenting can be testing. These techniques are designed to help reduce stress in families and create a more harmonious atmosphere which will have a knock on effect in other areas such as family relationships, children’s education, behaviour and social skills. Glasgow has a proven track record of introducing effective programmes for young people such as this which are based on sound research and evidence.”
The group sessions and one-to-one consultations are also underway and public seminars will kick off in venues across the city in the late summer.
Triple P was first developed by Professor Matt Sanders, a clinical psychologist from Queensland in Australia.
Professor Sanders, in Glasgow for the launch of Triple P, said: “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 behavioral 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.”
Hundreds of practitioners, including health visitors, social workers and nurses, have already been trained to deliver Tripe P to parents and more will be accredited as the programme is rolled out.
Linda de Caestecker said: “We know that parenting is crucial to how a child develops and can have an impact that extends far beyond the family home,” added Linda.
“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 our city’s – future.”
Professor Sanders added: “Parenting is the most difficult job any of us will do in our lives, but it’s also the one we’re least prepared for. By making parenting information more widely available we’re increasing the likelihood that parents will accept or seek out help. Offering Triple P is like immunising the community. You prepare parents, make families healthier and prevent problems before they happen.”
Parents who would like to find out more about Triple P in Glasgow 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.
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.
Pic - Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health and Children from Anderston Primary.