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Parenting Matters and Every Child Matters

The Every Child Matters agenda is a key piece of government policy which aims to put children's needs at the centre of the services which affect their lives. The five outcomes which it seeks to achieve are for children to; Be Healthy, Stay Safe, Enjoy and Achieve, Make A Positive Contribution and Achieve Economic Well being and there are specific aims for children for each of these outcomes. All organisations who work with children and families need to implement the aims of Every Child Matters throughout their policies and practice. Parenting Matters is committed to the Every Child Matters aims and so has produced this document to demonstrate how it values and incorporates the aims and desirable outcomes of the Every Child Matters agenda into their work with parents and families.

Be Healthy

Aims

➢ Children and Young People are mentally and emotionally healthy
➢ Children and Young People are sexually healthy
➢ Children and Young People live healthy lifestyles

Parenting Matters provides the following workshops and courses to meet these aims:

➢ Self Esteem (Workshop)
➢ Talk and Play the Puppet Way (Workshop)
➢ Healthy Eating – Healthy Families (Workshop)
➢ Stress Management for Parents (Workshop)
➢ Communicating with Children (Course)
➢ Conflict in the Family (Primary or Teens) (Workshops)
➢ Creating a Calm & Happy Family (Workshops)

These workshops can be used by all parents including those with children with learning difficulties and disabilities and children who are adopted or fostered. There is also One to One support and Parent Coaching available to enable parents to further meet the health needs of their children.

In mental and emotional health, we cover issues such as emotional problems, low self-esteem, isolation and loneliness, managing behaviour problems, feelings of aggression and anger and feelings of powerlessness. In matters of sexual health, we consider relationships, skills for independent living ,assertiveness and self-esteem skills. Within healthy lifestyle, we discuss routines and rules within the home, bedtime routines, social skills, assertiveness skills and problem solving skills.

Stay safe

Aims

➢ Children and Young People are safe from maltreatment, neglect, violence and sexual exploitation
➢ Children and Young People have security and stability and be cared for

By providing quality parenting courses and workshops, Parenting Matters can give parents the tools they need to parent their children effectively and safely. Within the workshops  we cover the following: assertive  relationship skill, techniques to tackle bullying, how to make and maintain healthy relationships and dealing with family breakup.

Workshops and Courses offered include:

➢ Conflict in the Family (Primary or Teens) (Workshops)
➢ Assertive Parenting (Workshop or Course available)
➢ Single Parents (Workshop)
➢ Problem Solving (Workshop)
➢ Self-Esteem (Workshop)
➢ Stress Management for Parents (Workshop)
➢ Talk and Play the Puppet Way (Workshop)
➢ Parenting for Dads (Workshop)
➢ Creating A Calm and Happy Family (Workshops)
➢ Families Undergoing Change (Workshops)
➢ Communicating with Children (Course)
➢ Parenting Skills for Parents of Pre-School/Primary Children and Pre-Teens/Teens (Courses)
➢ Bullying; how to work with your school and your child when bullying takes place

Aims

The aims of this outcome relate to children and young people enjoying and getting the most out of their experiences at school and in their recreational time.

Areas covered by courses and workshops which could contribute to these aims are:

➢ Self Esteem (Workshop)- if children feel confident in themselves and feel that their parents value them and their achievements they are more likely to enjoy school and therefore work hard to achieve their full potential.
➢ Stress Management for Parents (Workshop)- bringing down the stress levels in the household can mean better communication between parents and children and more time and energy for enjoying leisure activities together. Reducing stress levels in the home environment may also mean that there is more time for doing homework and for parents to take an interest and help with this.
➢ Talk and Play the Puppet Way (Workshop)- This workshop can help to open up communication between children and parents from a young age which represents a valuable way in which parents can find out how their children feel about school and how they are doing there by the use of the puppet medium.
➢ Preparing for the Holidays (Workshop)
➢ Back Into the Routine (Workshop)
➢ Developing out of school activities to promote self esteem and competency, concerntration and understanding of social relationships skills

Make a Positive Contribution

Aims

➢ Children and Young People engage in law-abiding and positive behaviour in and out of school
➢ Children and Young People develop positive relationships and choose not to bully or discriminate

All Parenting Matters courses and workshops promote the respectful treatment of children and the expectation that children will be respectful to each other and adults as a result of this.  We aim to help children develop trusting relationships through good self-esteem and assertiveness, problem solving skills and an appropriate sense of responsibility.

Particularly relevant workshops and courses are:

➢ Conflict in the Family (Primary or Teens) (Workshops)- dealing with anger and frustration in positive ways
➢ Self Esteem (Workshop)
➢ Assertive Parenting (Workshops or Course)
➢ Communicating with Children (Course)
➢ Problem Solving (Workshop)
➢ Talk and Play the Puppet Way (Workshop)

Achieve Economic Well-Being

Aims

➢ Most of the aims involve preparing children to enter training or employment when they leave school in order that they can sustain economic stability throughout their adult lives.
➢ The final aim is to ensure that children and young people do not grow up in low income households.

Our work includes addressing issues such as life-skills for teenagers, preparing for independent living, developing confident peer relationships, developing reliability and responsibility and effective decision making skills. We address such matters as understanding other people’s points of view and behaving in an appropriate way in different work and social situations. 

We aim to make the cost of attending as economically friendly  as possible for parents by working with schools and by raising funds to subsidise those who require support to attend our sessions.

Parenting Matters will continue to work with the Every Child Matters outcomes and goals at the forefront of their services for all children and their families.









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