Parent and Family SupportStirling Council’s Parent and Family Support Team works with others to provide services that help make a positive difference to families, children and young people.Our aimWe’re committed to ensuring that all children get the best start in life. We make sure parents and carers in Stirling can access early help that assists them, and supports their children to thrive and achieve. 

Family life can be challenging, and all families are different. So our support is tailored to each family’s needs. It’s community based, and offers generic through to targeted support for children aged up to 18.

We offer a range of 1 to 1 support in the home, school and community. This can include: 

  • Learning and practical support to improve family health and wellbeing 
  • Building relationships and resilience within families 
  • Specific support identified for an individual child  
  • Support to parents and children with additional needs 
  • Early learning programmes 
  • Video Interaction Guidance 
  • Signposting families to housing and other services 
  • Positive Parenting Sessions

If you need more information, speak to your child’s named person or any other agency working with your family. Or you can email us at parenting@stirling.gov.uk.

Discussion Group Triple P This is suitable for all parents. Each 2-hour session covers a topic that’s commonly challenging for families, from hassle free shopping to developing good bedtime routines. Incredible Years This parenting programme strengthens parent-child interactions and attachment. It helps reduce the need for harsh discipline by developing parents’ ability to promote children’s social, emotional, and language development. The programme consists of 14 weekly two-hour sessions. Group Triple PThis is designed for parents and carers who find parenting challenging. This course will set you up with the full range of Triple P’s positive parenting strategies, and help you understand why your child behaves the way they do. The programme runs for eight weeks, with four, two-hour, group sessions followed by three weeks of individualised phone support and a final group session. 

Under 1’s Groups These consist of 10 weekly one-hour sessions covering a variety of topics. Topics include: 

  • personal, social and emotional development 
  • sensory experiences 
  • attachment and brain development 
  • early literacy and numeracy 
  • health and physical development 
  • Musical moments 
  • play and early interactions 
  • routines and consistency 
  • parents and carer health and wellbeing 

The aim is to increase confidence and knowledge of the baby’s learning, development and health, and the importance of early interactions.  1-3 GroupsThe Learning Together Programme helps parents and carers to value and extend learning opportunities in everyday life. You’ll learn how to improve the quality of the home learning environment and develop secure attachment relationships with your children. Sessions are delivered to groups of parents and children. 

The programme runs over six sessions and is designed to give dads  and other males fulfilling that role  the chance to consider and discuss the role of a father. It covers the impact fathers can have on their children and what steps they can take to ensure they leave their children a strong legacy. The importance of male role modelling, secure attachment, attuned responsive parenting and effective communication, are integrated throughout. 

A group for parents who are looking for information and strategies on how to support their teenager, while also looking after themselves. The group is a welcoming space for parents to meet and gain additional knowledge and strategies. Topics include: 

  • brain development 
  • attachment 
  • influences on teenage behaviour 
  • promoting positive communication and relationships 
  • parenting styles and having realistic expectations 
  • conflict resolution 
  • emotional wellbeing 
  • risk taking behaviour — such as drugs, alcohol and social media

All our programmes are delivered on a rolling basis. Parents and carers can access the programmes directly, as well as through professionals working with your child. Contact parenting@stirling.gov.uk for further information. 

Last updated: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 8:08 AM