Centre for Parent and Child Support

Location: Maudsley Hospital
Mode: Training and service delivery

Key areas: Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities, Family Partnership Model, parenting


Our team leads the national and international dissemination of the Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities (EPEC) and Family Partnership Model (FPM). We provide training, development and supervision in the use of the FPM and associated approaches, like the Helping Families Programme, antenatal and postnatal interviewing, and the EPEC programme.

Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities

EPEC provides a system for training and supervising parentled parenting groups for children aged two to 11 years within a local community. The EPEC system of parenting support is based on the Being a Parent parenting programme. The Being a Parent course helps parents to learn practical communication skills for everyday life and develop their abilities to bring up confident, happy and co-operative children. The programme uses discussion groups and role play, where new skills can be practiced in a supportive environment. Free crèches are provided alongside each group and parents attending the course can choose to gain accreditation for their work through the Open College Network.

Data from our recently completed randomised control trial indicates that this peer-led parenting intervention is effective at improving parenting competencies and reducing child behaviour problems.

Family Partnership Model

The FPM is an evidence-based approach that has been recognised internationally as an exemplar of effective partnership working and user-centred practice in health services. It has been applied across the field of children’s services and is now being applied increasingly across other areas of healthcare, like adult mental health and learning disabilities.

We undertake a range of workforce training, consultation, and supervision activities commissioned by a wide range of organisations, including primary care trusts, acute and mental health NHS trusts, children’s trusts and local authorities. We provide an individual plan for each commissioning organisation based on their needs and objectives.

FPM is a manualised approach and its effectiveness in improving mental health, relationship and service outcomes has been extensively evaluated through research trials.

FPM dissemination is based on a system of training programmes, which include:

  • Foundation training for clinicians and practitioners
  • Training for FPM supervisors
  • Training for FPM course facilitators
  • Training for trainers of FPM facilitators

Practitioners trained in FPM are from every section of the children’s workforce and include psychiatrists, clinical and educational psychologists, mental health nurses, health visitors, early years and child centre workers, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, youth offending practitioners, social workers and occupational therapists.

Who is this programme for?

    • Local authorities including social services, early years, schools, extended school and education support services, third sector and independent organisations
    • Primary care trusts
    • Acute and mental health NHS trusts
    • Children’s Trusts

      Our outcomes include:

        • Clinicians and practitioners become competent and effective in the use of FPM and EPEC with families and patients
        • Supervisors, managers and trainers become competent and effective in supporting the systematic implementation and the use of FPM and EPEC
        • The effective use of FPM and EPEC improves patient engagement and partnership working, and results in improved outcomes for children, parents and families

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