Being a parent doesn’t come with instructions!
What should be a rewarding and happy experience can sometimes be worrying and difficult.
We believe that there is no right way to parent. Each of us approaches parenting differently – we all have different family backgrounds and life experiences. These life experiences affect the way we bring up our children. Sometimes we can all need a little extra help.
Our School Family Workers are there to give that support however large or small the problem. Sometimes the problem can be solved over a phone call or a couple of meetings with the worker. However sometimes the problems take a little longer to sort out and you might need a longer period of support. We run parenting courses and workshops on a variety of subjects to help.
Sometimes the issues are too complex and need specialist support. Our School Family Workers can guide and signpost you to the right specialist services, such as:
- School Health Nurses
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
- Specialist Emotional and Behavioural Support
- Bereavement Support
Below is a selection of courses. For current courses, please look under 'Events'.
About Boys Course:
For Mums of boys aged 5-11 years. Understanding boys development and behaviour.
Communicating with Teenagers:
Understand how teenagers feel, focus on communication and behaviour issues.
Dealing with Anger:
How to cope with behaviour and anger issues.
Parenting Puzzle/The Nurturing Programme:
Raising children can be puzzling at times, but puzzles have solutions and this evidenced based course provides them.
Parenting an Additional Needs Child:
Understand the emotions and issues raised, examine the effect on your family, explore practical ideas and tips to deal with stressful situations.
Prepare for the teenager years.
Raising Confident Children:
Tackle your own self esteem as well as your child’s.
It is easier than you may think - wonderful strategies to use.
How to deal with the stresses caused by moving on.
Parenting Advice and Support
You can contact us for advice and guidance on parenting. We can signpost to many services.
St Albans Plus works in partnership with a number of local and countywide partners and services, such as:
- Carers In Hertfordshire
- Charlies Gift Charity
- Change Grow Live
- Families Feeling Safe
- Families First Hertfordshire
- Families in Focus
- Family Centre Service
- Family Lives
- Harpenden Plus
- Health for Teens Youth Connexions
- Hertfordshire Mind Network
- Hertfordshire SENDIASS
- HPFT Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Services
- Natural Flair
- Ollie Foundation
- Potential Kids
- Safer Places
- Services for Young People
- St Albans and Hertsmere Womens Refuge
- St Albans District Council
- St Albans Community Fire Station
- Supporting Links
- Talk-in-Herts Counselling Service
- Therapy Directory
Our Parenting Facilitators are qualified and trained to OCN Level 3 or 4 and can deliver a variety of courses and workshops on request. They are also trained to HCC Safeguarding standards and hold enhanced CRB certificates.
Our courses and workshops are hosted online, in schools or in community venues which are safe and comfortable. They are offered to small groups to encourage participation.
Vista is GDPR compliant. Our ICO registration number is ZA354653