Free parenting classes to be offered to over 50,000 mothers and fathers

Posted on Mon 17 Oct 2011

Free parenting classes to be offered to over 50,000 mothers and fathers
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The Race Equality Foundation welcomes the Government’s announcement of the offer of parenting classes to all fathers and mothers with children under the age of six.

The Foundation’s Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities inclusive parent programme is already being taken-up by parents across England as well as in Camden, one of the Government's pilot sites.  Evaluation and comments from parents suggest that they think it is of value to all parents and should be offered as early as possible.

Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC) is an evidenced-based parent programme.  SFSC is being delivered across England by voluntary organisations, children’s centres, schools, amongst others.   SFSC has been extensively used to reach, retain and impact on a wide-range of families:

  • around 63 per cent of parents are from black and minority ethnic communities;  
  • around 61 per cent of families have annual household incomes £10,000 or less; and
  • around 60 per cent of programmes have at least one father participating.

Independent evaluations using scientifically validated instruments have shown improvements in children’s social competence, in parental confidence as well as change in family relationships.