Parent Champion Programme
The Parent Champion programme aims to equip and empower parents when it comes to supporting their young people around behaviour management while also providing help to those who require social, emotional and mental support regarding parenting.
The project is comprised of three strands:
1. A parent support programme where parents with lived experience are trained and supported to be Parent Champions who will then provide support and training to other parents on how to navigate the education system, school exclusions and how to advocate for their children.
2. A father’s programme where our trained Champions provide community-based support and training specifically for fathers to ensure they too have the support and information required to navigate educational systems.
3. There is also a Parent Champions forum where Champions work alongside schools and the local authority to feedback themes from the parent support programmes to challenge and influence practice. The long-term plan is to get parents to be part of the VRP (Violence Reduction Partnership) network and meetings. This will be done via the lead agency.
We currently have 9 active parent/carers who are supporting 13 other parents around matters such as emotional support, advocating for children, strategies around behaviour management and empowering Fathers.
70% of the Parents that attended the launch event were of black and Asian heritage.
We have had 13 mentoring (volunteering/peer led) sessions delivered and have been able to put on a social enrichment event as well as 2 workshops.