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Special Interest Group for Parenting and Family Support
Title Officers and Committee
Aims Duties of officers
Membership General Meetings
Subscriptions Activities


The name of the group shall be the 'Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association Interest and Development Group for Parenting and Family Support


  • to promote parenting and family support within the membership of the CPHVA.

  • to provide a forum for members with this common interest to meet periodically through the year

  • to provide a network of information to their own members and to the CPHVA as a whole.

  • to facilitate the collection of information to create a database with the Information Resource Officer which will be kept up-to-date within the Information Resource Department.

  • to establish a website with up-to-date information about the interest group in conjunction with the Information Resource Officer.

  • to contribute to national and local policies which affect parenting and family support in our society.

  • to promote the development of multi-agency working in parenting and family support across commuinities

  • to work in partnership with parents and other interested individuals to identify the needs of families.

  • to organise study groups and seminars.

  • to affiliate and work closely with appropriate organisations.

  • to submit motions to the AGM through a CPHVA centre.

  • to be accountable to the CPHVA by submitting a report at the CPHVA Annual General Meeting

  • to influence the consultations and debate regarding training and education of parenting and family support workers


  • Membership will be open to all members and staff of CPHVA, but may also be open to other interested parties. At least 50% of the membership should be members of the CPHVA.

  • Subscriptions will be determined from time to time by the Annual General Meeting of the group

  • Termination of Membership. Membership may be terminated in the following manner: by resignation in writing to the Secretary. Resignation shall be effective from the date of receipt by the Secretary; by non-payment of subscriptions. Any person whose subscription is outstanding for more than 6 months shall cease to be a member.


The initial annual subscription shall be 15 and thereafter shall be determined from time to time by the Annual General Meeting.

Membership Application Form

Officers and Committee

  • The affairs of the group shall be administered by a committee comprising the elected officers of the group and committee members. The committee shall be the governing body of the group between general meetings and shall carry with effect the policy of the group as set down in General Meetings. The committee shall meet as often as it deems necessary.

  • There shall be the following officers who shall be voting members of the committee: Chairman, Vice-chairman, Secretary, Treasurer.

  • Officers shall be elected by members attending the AGM. Only members present at the AGM shall be entitled to vote

Duties of officers:

Chair - The chair shall preside at all general and committee meetings when possible. In the event of a tie in any vote the chair will have the casting vote.

Vice-chair - The vice-chair shall preside at meetings in the absence of the chair.

Secretary - The secretary shall be responsible for the administration of the group between meetings of the committee. This work may be shared if necessary. The secretary shall represent a report to the group at the AGM and shall report to the committee on the activities of the group at each meeting.

Treasurer - The Treasurer shall be responsible for the financial affairs of the group. The treasurer shall prepare a budget for the committee and shall present the accounts to the AGM.

Executive Member - This representative is elected to sit at executive meetings of the Association. This member does not have a vote but can express the views of the interest group to the executive. An alternative member may be elected to attend if the executive member cannot do so.

Committee Members - The committee shall comprise the officers and members elected at the AGM. There shall be as many committee members (Usually 10) including the officers as are deemed necessary by the executive to allow fair representation of all members. Sub-committees may be set up as deemed necessary by the committee.
The group shall set up such sub-committees as it feels necessary for the good of the group, by majority decision of members attending a general meeting.

General Meetings.

  • The principle policy making body of the group shall be the members in the General Meetings

  • There shall be an Annual General Meeting of the group. The date and venue shall be determined by the Committee and shall be notified to members at least two months before the date of the meeting.

  • Extraordinary General Meetings may be called by the committee or by a petition of at least 25 members to the secretary at least six weeks before the proposed date of the meetings.

  • Resolutions for submission to a General Meeting shall be made and seconded by members and shall be submitted to the Secretary at least one month before the date of the General Meeting.

  • The Secretary shall circulate an agenda for a General Meeting to members at least two weeks before the date of the General Meeting but if any member fails to receive an agenda, no decision of the meeting will thereby be invalidated.

  • The business of the Annual General Meeting shall be to receive a report on behalf of the Committee by the Secretary on the activities of the Group and to receive a financial statement.


Annual General Meeting - Saturday 17th September 2005 - 10.30 to 3.45 pm. at Munroe Centre, Guy's Hospital, London
SIG Meeting - 3rd December 2005 - Venue to be confirmed.

Parenting and Family Support Resource Bulletin 2004-2005

The Thurrock Community Mothers Programme - Update

Projects on Parenting

E Group for discussions and debate on parenting and family issues.

Membership is open to all and everyone is usually approved. The egroup consists of members of the SIG and other parenting organisations e.g. parenting education and support forum and National Family and Parenting Institute and child and family nurses in Australia (1 member) and a public health nurse from Finland. Do visit us yourself we have an interesting links and files pages on the site.


Co-Chairs -
15, Tranby Park Meadows, Jenny Brough Lane, Hessle, East Yorks,
Tel. 01482 646 703
Mobile - 01482 342 712

Co-Chairs -
Belgrave House, Newbury Street
Whitchurch, Hants, RE28 7BW
Tel. 01256 892 241

Treasurer and Memberhip Secretary -
40, Queenswood Avenue
Hutton, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 1HV
Tel. 01277 225 459

Meetings/Gen. Secretary -
12, Pilford Heath Road, Colehill, Wimbourne, Dorset, BH21 2NA
Tel. 01202 884264 (work)