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.
We offer a range of parenting programmes delivered in children's 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.
- See the list of current parenting programmes
- See timetable for Parenting programmes in children's centres and schools
Children's centre events and activities
Children's centres in Brent all have timetables of fun activities, family learning, Citizen's Advice Bureau sessions and 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.
Leaflets, guides and brochures
- Baby know how guide (0-5 years old)
- Kids know how guide (5-11 years old)
- Teen know how guide (11-19 years old)
Parents/carers of children with disabilities
We aim to deliver family-focused services for children with disabilities, including significant support for parents and carers. Please visit our section 'Children with disabilities' 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).
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 from social services or other services.
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, a parent support adviser or an early intervention practitioner 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.