Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities

What is Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities?

“I really enjoyed attending the group, I like the way parents shared ideas and experiences with other parents and also group leaders showing us techniques and the skills to use to become a positive parent.” Parent, Lambeth Children’s Centre.

Empowering Parents Empowering Communities (EPEC) is a proven method of prevention and early intervention that helps children and families get the very best start in life.

EPEC parenting courses are led by local parent facilitators who have completed accredited EPEC training and receive ongoing training, supervision and support from parenting specialists based in a local EPEC Hub. Each EPEC Hub provides the expertise, organisation, ethos and oversight to ensure safe, high quality, and effective practice.

EPEC parenting programmes combine the latest developmental science and theory with well-evidenced parenting strategies and methods. EPEC offers the following parenting programmes:

  • Being a Parent: for parents of children age 2-11 years.
  • Baby and Us: for parents of babies aged 0-1 year.
  • Living with Teenagers: for parents of adolescents aged 12-16 years.

There are a range of specialist EPEC programmes for parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and for families living in temporary accommodation.

Who is it for? 

As a community-based programme, training local parents to run parents’ groups in schools and children’s centres, Empowering Parents Empowering Communities programmes are accessible to any parent within a given community. Over 3000 parents have taken part in EPEC courses and evaluation evidence shows that parents who use EPEC reflect the social, ethnic and cultural diversity of their communities.

 Where is it being used?

Empowering Parents Empowering Communities has been delivered extensively in the United Kingdom, but particularly across London. Colleagues in Tasmania, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and West Bank have also been supported to introduce the programme in their local communities.

Currently, due to funding by NESTA/Department for Digital Culture Media & Sport, our National EPEC Team are working with up to 16 organisations in England to help them to establish EPEC Hubs in their local area.

How is it being studied?

EPEC is underpinned by rigorous research and practice evidence showing a significant impact on children’s social, emotional and behavioural outcomes, parenting, family resilience and social capital. The programme encourages engagement in other local services and wider community resources.  EPEC has been independently rated as an effective, low cost parenting programme (EiF, 2016, AIFS, 2015).

EPEC parenting programmes are very popular and highly valued by parents, with high levels of parent engagement. The programmes help parents learn a range of positive parenting skills, better understand children’s feelings, value effective parent-child communication and build better, more resilient family relationships.

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