Parenting and family support

Who are the Parent and Family Support Team?

The purpose of the Parent and Family Support Team is to make positive difference to families in Stirling.

We, and our community partners are committed to ensuring that all children get the best start in life. 

There is increasing evidence of the positive impact that a safe, nurturing and consistent home environment has on a child's development. We want to make sure that parents carers can access the support and advice that will help them in this parenting role so that children grow up to achieve positive outcomes.

We understand that family life can be challenging and our aim is to support families within the community by offering universal and targeted support for children 0-18 years.

We aim to work in partnership with families in an open, honest and constructive way.

What services does the Parent and Family Support Team offer?

We can offer a range of services for parents/carers and children/young people to maximise outcomes for children and families:

  • Parenting groups: Incredible Years, Triple P (managing elevated behaviours)
  • THRIVE (building adult/parental self-esteem and support for community learning development)
  • Financial advice (signposting to debt services)
  • Parents Early Education Partnership (PEEP)
  • Nurture: Baby Massage (attachment and connection)
  • Play at Home (supporting learning and connection)
  • Managing behaviour and building family relationships
  • Teenage support and guidance (understanding and managing teenage behaviour)
  • Home visiting service.

How are these services provided?

  • Support provided can take place either in the family home, the community or at an alternative setting.
  • Through a range of parenting and learning support programmes as outlined above.

How can I access the Parent and Family Support Team?

Any parent/carer supporting children/young people aged 0-18 years can access support from us through a referral process.

Referral process

Referrals can be received from your child's/young person's Named Person within Health (under 5 years) and Education and/or can be received from any other agency working with your family.

Referrers will be required to provide an initial assessment of your child and family circumstances and outline the specific support required.

What happens after a referral has been made?

A Parent and Family Support worker will contact you and arrange to meet with you at your convenience.

How do I contact the Parent and Family Support Team?

Contact us Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm on 01786 233993 or 01786 233214.

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Childcare Sufficiency Assessment

To ensure the ability to meet the future needs of parents in Stirling and to plan for the expansion of early learning and childcare by 2020, a Childcare Sufficiency Assessment was carried out in August and September 2016.

The purpose of a Childcare Sufficiency Assessment is to establish the extent to which local childcare provision meets the needs of working parents or those who want to get back to work or develop their skills through education and training.

The research and consultation process included:

  • Household surveys of 875 families reporting the detailed childcare arrangements and preferences of 1,520 children aged 0 to 14 years or up to 18 for children with a disability.
  • A survey of local employers.
  • A survey of registered childcare providers.
  • Desk research on social and economic trends that may impact on future childcare demand in Stirling.

Key findings were drawn together in order to feed into local action planning.

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