Our Young Parent Outreach Service works with young mums and dads aged 24 and under in Lambeth, who may need additional support to make the transition to being a parent.
We work in partnership with Lambeth Primary Care Trust and other services to identity teenage mums-to-be and their partners, and receive referrals from many different voluntary organisations as well as self-referrals by young parents who hear about us from friends.
Staff provide one to one support to young parents, with regular meetings, texts and phone calls. Young parents may drop in to head office when they need to to use the phones and internet.
Young parents are also encouraged to come along to our weekly groups, to meet others like them and learn new parenting and personal skills.
Issues we provide support with include:
- Child development
- Housing and homelessness
- Domestic abuse
- Co-parenting and mediation in difficult relationships
- Sexual health and contraception
- Employment and training
If you would like to enquire about referring a young parent please complete the online form here and one of our outreach staff will be in contact.
Why we work with young parents
- Young parents want to be ‘the best parents they can be’
- Young parents often feel excluded and judged by others and can miss out on services
- Young parents often have particular difficulties that require additional support
- Like young parents, we too want their children to have the best possible start in life
Young parents may have complex needs
They may have spent time in care or have little experience of good parenting themselves so don’t have strong role models on which to base their own parenting.
At the time of their pregnancy they maybe unsure of what decisions to make or where to go for support.
Often they are not aware of their benefit entitlements, commonly have housing problems, relationship difficulties, they maybe in an abusive relationship, maybe gang affiliated, have substance misuse issues, lack self-confidence and life skills.
Research tells us that:
- Infant mortality is higher
- rates of depression are higher
- isolation is higher
- long term poverty is higher
How we work with young parents
One to One: Through intensive one-to-one relationships built on trust and respect involving home visits or meetings in a neutral space. We are honest and reliable, which includes being able to convey difficult messages. Parents tell us they only want to tell their story once so we try to provide a ‘one-stop service’ for all their issues
Groups We run weekly groups at Lambeth Children’s Centres for young mums and dads to provide learning on relevant topics, encourage peer support and the chance for parents and children to have fun together. Check the Calendar to see what's coming up.
We emphasise the importance of both mothers and fathers in the lives of their children. Since 2007 we have had a dedicated Young Fathers’ Service with male workers. Our service is fully inclusive, providing support to both parents regardless of whether they are in a relationship.