The Parenting course material has been primarily written by Care for the Family and adapted for use within a prison setting. Being very practical and involving group work, the sessions involve personal reflection, group discussion, and interactive participation.
The core aims of these weekly sessions include giving women prisoners the practical tools to enhance their parenting skills and knowledge.
The sessions specifically explore:
- What being a parent is really like
- Children’s needs
- Feelings & listening
- Boundaries & parenting styles
- Keeping children safe
- Building strong families
Feedback from the Parenting Courses
"I have learnt a lot of parenting skills – I can’t wait to implement it and have quality time with my children. I have learnt that my children are different individual persons and should be treated with respect and care."
"I have learnt that me being too soft and letting things go needs to stop, I need to stick to what I say. And I’ve learnt that I want to be a better mother and be there for my 2 wonderful children."
"I have learnt that it is very important to communicate with my children’s carer, and to be a positive role model. I have learnt that they need a happy healthy stable and safe mum."