Supporting Parents Across Communities

Parenting support workers show what their work means in practice A fascinating insight into the work of school-based parent support advisors and others professionals involved in teaching parenting and building links between families and schools.

With mounting evidence of that parents can strongly affect children’s behaviour and attainment in school, there are now a range of parenting initiatives. But how do they work? We follow five professionals working in this area to find out the reality of what supporting parents means. Angela Goodwin is the Parenting Coordinator in Sutton, south London and a passionate practitioner of the ‘Incredible Years Programme’. Parent Support Advisors Ghazala Navaid, based at Woodlands Junior School, and Stavey Primus of Eastbury Comprehensive School, both work with east London parents. Arifa Naeem of Family Action works with local Muslim families in Slough, in a parenting project that aims to incorporate Islamic values.

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