Parenting support

The parenting team are still accepting referrals, but please note we currently have a very long waiting list for our parenting programmes. Starting from Summer term 2021 we will be offering most programmes online and a small number of face-to-face parenting programmes. Please e-mail your referrals to parentingprogramme@brent.gov.uk or if you are a professional supporting vulnerable families, or a parent and require urgent support please call 0208 937 4417.

In Brent we recognise that good parenting makes a big difference to a child's wellbeing and future success and that many parents will need help and guidance at some point in their parenting experience.

By supporting parents, we can help parents and carers bring up their children to:

  • be physically, mentally and emotionally healthy
  • stay safe in their communities and at home
  • enjoy their education and achieve to the best of their ability
  • contribute positively to their community

The resources below are designed to provide information, guidance and support to parents throughout their child's early years, childhood and teenage years.  

Parenting courses

We offer a range of parenting programmes delivered in Family Wellbeing Centres, schools and community venues across Brent. Parenting courses, such as Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities aim to give parents a chance to share experiences, explain how they have learnt to cope with difficult situations, learn from each other and learn how to give their children more positive feelings about family relationships.

Family Wellbeing Centre events and activities

Family Wellbeing Centres in Brent have a range of services in place to support families with children of all ages. This includes family learning, Citizen's Advice Bureau sessions, a wide range of health, special needs and parenting support, which are changed regularly. Many centres offer English classes to help parents with confidence in dealing with schools and all aspects of supporting their children as they grow up.

Our family wellbeing centres also have a programme of activities and support specifically for Dads.

Parents/carers of children with disabilities

We aim to deliver family-focused services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), including significant support for parents and carers. Please visit our Local Offer for more information about short breaks, palliative care, extra care in the home and about direct payments (payments for people who have been assessed as needing help from social care).

Parent and child/toddler group

Brent has a range of parent and toddler groups where families can meet together for support and fun. These are often run by parent volunteers.  

Need more help?

Sometimes you might want us to get more involved with your family issues. You can sit down with us and go through any problems facing you and your family and find out if there is extra support that you may be able to get.

If, for example, you have difficulties managing your children's behaviour, you think special needs may be involved, you are having problems with health, housing or education that are affecting your family's ability to cope, you can talk to us. Your health visitor, a family support worker or parent support adviser can fill in a Early Help Assessment form. It always helps to talk and the Early Help Assessment team help to make sure that the right questions are asked.