Parent and family support

Our parent and family support team works with others to provide services that help make a positive difference to families, children and young people.

Our aim

We’re committed to ensuring that all children get the best start in life. We make sure parents and carers in Stirling can access early help that assists them, and supports their children to thrive and achieve.

Our support is tailored to each family’s needs. It’s community based, and offers generic through to targeted support for children aged up to 18.

Parent and family support strategy

1 to 1 support for families

This can include:

  • Learning and practical support to improve family health and wellbeing
  • Building relationships and resilience within families
  • Specific support identified for an individual child
  • Support to parents and children with additional needs
  • Early learning programmes
  • Video interaction guidance
  • Signposting families to housing and other services
  • Positive parenting sessions

How to access support

All our programmes are delivered on a rolling basis. You can access them directly, as well as through professionals working with your child. Contact for further information.

Positive parenting programmes for parents and carers of children aged 3-11

Discussion group triple P

Suitable for all parents, each 2-hour session covers a topic that’s challenging for families, from hassle free shopping to developing good bedtime routines.

Incredible years

This 14-week programme strengthens parent-child interactions and attachment. It helps reduce the need for harsh discipline by developing parents’ ability to promote children’s social, emotional, and language development.

Group triple P

An eight-week programme for parents and carers who find parenting challenging. This course will set you up with the full range of triple P’s positive parenting strategies, and help you understand why your child behaves the way they do.

Programmes for parents and carers of children aged 0-3 Under 1’s groups

Ten, weekly, one-hour sessions covering a variety of topics that include:

  • personal, social and emotional development
  • sensory experiences
  • attachment and brain development
  • health and physical development
  • musical moments
  • play and early interactions
  • routines and consistency
  • parents and carer health and wellbeing

The aim is to increase confidence and knowledge of the baby’s learning, development and health, and the importance of early interactions.

1-3 groups

The Learning Together Programme helps parents and carers to value and extend learning opportunities in everyday life. You’ll learn how to improve the quality of the home learning environment and develop relationships with your children.

Dad's groups

A six-session programme that gives dads – and other males fulfilling that role – the chance to consider and discuss the role of a father. It covers the impact fathers can have and what steps they can take to ensure they leave their children a strong legacy. The importance of male role modelling, secure attachment, attuned responsive parenting and effective communication, are integrated throughout.

Understanding your teen programme, for P7 - S3

For parents looking for information and strategies on how to support their teenager, while also looking after themselves. It’s a welcoming space for parents to meet and gain additional knowledge and strategies. Topics include:

  • influences on teenage behaviour
  • promoting positive communication and relationships
  • parenting styles and having realistic expectations
  • conflict resolution
  • emotional wellbeing
  • risk taking behaviour — such as drugs, alcohol and social media