Parenting classes award for Brent team

Brent Council’s Children and Families Department has won a national award from the Racial Equality Foundation in recognition of the success of its parenting classes, set up earlier this year.

The department has won the “Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities” award for helping families to achieve positive outcomes, developing anger management strategies and developing effective discipline techniques. The courses focused on providing a cultural framework to reflect historical and domestic experiences of the diverse ethnic groups in Brent, which is an ethnic majority borough.

Peter Sutlieff, Head of the Youth Offending Service, which runs the scheme, said: “The parents showed a great commitment to sustain this programme and in recognition of this they were invited to attend the award ceremony in central London, where they joined the staff on stage to collect the award.

“The team engaged with parents who have traditionally rejected any form of parenting support but those who participated are genuinely pleased to have been part of the process and have nothing but praise for the staff.”

The classes were independently assessed by the Race Equality Foundation, which concluded that the preparation of the classes was excellent and the information was delivered with care and attention. In one example a support worker was brought in to ‘buddy’ a parent who had difficulty reading to give her confidence in the group-work sessions and tasks.

Peter added: “No parent has all of the answers. Brent’s parenting programme is for any parent who wants to be supported in improving their skills.”

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