General

New Shoots at Vauxhall City Farm

One of our young parent practitioners recently arranged for a young mum to take part in 'New Shoots' at Vauxhall City Farm - it's a brilliant practical, outdoors based programme to develop employability skills.

This is a great example of how our outstanding outreach team works one to one with young parents to provide tailored support, working with a vast network of local organisations so we're not 'reinventing the wheel'. 

New Shoots is for unemployed people aged 16 - 25 and aims to

Caring Dads is back

Our next Caring Dads programme runs from Wednesday 27 September to 31 January 2018. 

Each session will run for two hours and is for a small group of no more than eight dads.

This programme is for young Lambeth fathers aged 24 and younger. 

The Caring Dads programme aims to help fathers appreciate how controlling, abusive and neglectful actions, including domestic abuse, can impact on their children.

Co-parenting

"fathers are not pursued if they fail to attend a case conference or seek support, whereas mothers are"

Co-parenting is where parents work together to raise a child even though they no longer live together. Co-parenting helps children to feel less anxious and confused and to understand that their mother and father respect each other and love them.

The need for ‘Securing Change’

Why we need to support parents robustly when they leave residential assessment with or without their children

We revisited four families who left the Centre with their children last year, to find out if they had been able to keep their children.

Sadly, only one family was able to keep their child.

Family 1 – We recommended, and the Court agreed, that mother and child return to the maternal grandmother’s home. Later, the mother chose to leave after meeting a new boyfriend. She is now expecting another child.

Nutrition & Diet- The Importance of Healthy Eating

Affordable access to sufficient nutritious food is vital for both a child’s health and wellbeing. Food poverty is defined as ‘the inability to afford, or have access to, the food needed for a healthy diet.’ The rate of childhood obesity and children being overweight is on the rise. This is particularly alarming as a poor diet is linked to malnutrition, poor psychical and cognitive development, as well as behavioural issues and impacts on a child’s ability to concentrate and learn.

Did you know?

An Intern's experience at our Young Parents Group

As an intern, it was my first time attending the weekly young parents group run by St. Michael's at Brockwell Park.

After an early morning trip to Tesco to pick up ingredients to feed 20, we headed over to Brockwell Park’s One O’Clock Club. The stereotypes of young parents portrayed in the media as anti-social and disorderly swirled in my mind. One look around the children’s centre made me realise I was deceived.