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Parenting Support

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Parenting Support

The Parenting Team offer an extensive choice of face-to-face parenting programmes that can support you with raising your child. 

Parenting programmes take place in schools and community venues and are also held online via ZOOM if you find it challenging to attend a face-to-face programme.

There are also one-off discussion groups available on a range of important parenting topics and one to support is offered where necessary to support you with parenting your child. 

Parenting programme in Tower Hamlets are delivered by experienced Parenting facilitators who aim to make each session interactive and inclusive.

The parenting sessions aim to support you to build self-confidence, increase understanding of child development, learn positive ways to deal with conflict, learn how to practice self-care whilst parenting and learn to manage children’s behaviour in an appropriate way.

Parenting programmes can be offered in Bengali and Somali in addition to English. Occasionally support can be offered in other languages. The team will endeavour to support you with any language support you may need. 

All parenting programmes are free to attend. Parenting programmes are available to all parents who have children from birth -18, ( age 25 if your child is disabled). 

Some parenting groups are aimed at children in specific age groups, ranging from babies to teenagers. 
To attend a parenting programme or discuss which kind of support      would best suit the needs of you and your family, please contact:

The Parenting Team 
020 7364 6398
Email: [email protected] 

Referrals can be made online by accessing the online parenting support referral: Parenting programmes

Books to help you explain coronavirus to your children 

AXEL SCHEFFLER

Download a free book illustrated by Axel Scheffler (the author of The Gruffalo) and see if this helps the children understand what is going on.  

NURSE DOTTY

Nurse Dotty is a registered children's nurse who has worked for a number of years in a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.  She has written and illustrated a number of stories and poems to her patients to help start conversations and relieve some anxiety and fear.  'Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus' is a book that 'provides truthful information in a reassuring and child friendly way'.  This is free to download and can be printed.  

Covidbook - Suporting and reassuring children around the world

Coronavirus Tips and Information

Parent and Child Health and Wellbeing

  • Help with Family Routines and Family Wellbeing
  • Young Minds - Parents Wellbeing
  • Young Minds - Parents Survival Guide
  • Relxation tips for children - feeling relaxed is important in the run-up to bedtime for both you and your child.  If your child is experiencing difficulties sleeping, it can make you both feel anxious.  Children pick-up on the stress levels of those around them so, if possible, try to keep calm as bedtime approaches
  • Tower Hamlets Talking Therapy Webinar

  • Mental Well-being support for adults.  The mental well-being service 'Good Thinking' website includes

    • Guides to manage your mental health;
    • Information aimed at healthcare workers and families;
    • Personal Stories; and,
    • Useful Links
  • Confidential advice for parents - Family Lives is a national charity providing help and support with all aspects of family life. If you would lke impartial and confidential advice then telephone Family Lives on 0808 800 2222 or email

Parenting Tips

  • Animated parenting tips for struggling households - The institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (loPPN) King's College London, South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust ad Maudsley Charity have worked together to create a series of films to help families struggling during this current situation. 'Families Under Pressue' is a series of twelve short films offering parenting tips featuring the recognisable voices of a host of well-known parents including Olivia Colman, Rob Brydon and Holly Willoughby
  • Free activites to help children get on together.  With families spending more time together, Jenny Mosley Consultancies has put together some free ideas to help children get on together at home.  They have adapted some tried and tested actvities that can be played in pairs, in small groups or with a parent/carer.  Some need a few houshold objects but they are all simple to set up
  • 10 Top Tips for parents and carers during COVID-19 
  • Triple P Guide - Supporting healthy relationships and managing disagreements during COVID-19 
  • Triple P Guide - Parenting during COVID-19 
  • Emergency transmission from Doctor Who Advice to children who feel scared during this time
  • Are you worried about your child and Online Safety? National Online Safety has produced some information that might help

Something for fun

  • Think You Know will be releasing online support activities fortnightly for parents.  Parents can download home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities to support online safety at home
  • Emoji Card Game - Are you looking for a way to start a conversation of gauge how others around you are feeling?  The Emoji activity was designed to help young people express their feelings; these games can help children and young people stay calm and focused when having what can seem to be daunting conversations

Something for the Adults

  • Showstopper! The Improvised Musical - ADULTS ONLY.  After more than 1,000 productions, the Showstoppers improvisation crew are some of the quickest wits in the business.  So it's no surprise that when they were faced with a West End closure they live-streamed a performance.  Watch their custom-made, never-to-be-repeated improvised musical