Parenting Projects

Parenting and Education Project

Teenage Parenting Project

This project was managed and developed by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust

Parenting and Education Project
The project originated because of concerns expressed by health visitors and school nurses, about the number of initiatives being developed in relation to parenting adn the potential for giving 'mixed messages' to parents depending on which agency they were in touch with. It was also known that managing children's behaviour was presenting a challenge in a number of early years settings and had led to the exclusion of early years children in some instances.
The Children's Servies Core Group had also identified the need for some work on preventing dissatisfaction of early years children and the need for better communication links between parents and agencies working with children. It is envisaged that the project will bring all the above elements together in its three year duration.
The project is involved in the health visitors initiative, 'Parent Why's'. This initiative was facilitated by the projects development officer and is seen as a key element within the project. The aim of the 'Parent's Why' group is the develpoment of a package and way of working that will lead to thematic, collaborative and consistent parenting activity across all agencies, both statutory and voluntary. The group have, to date been highly productive and have made great steps in promoting cross agency working.
The key aims of the project are:
" to develop a general policy on parenting
" to devise a group based parent education programme which is reinforced by ongoing, home based support
" to identify the resource implications for stafing/volunteers and a strategic area in which to implement the programme
" to develop with the health visiting ream and others the ' Parent Why's package'
" to develop co-operative and joint working, on nthe topic of parenting, amongst all relevant groups and organisations working within North Tyneside

Teenage Parenting Project

We aim to describe the teenage parenting experiences of young people of Bangladeshi, African Caribbean, Pakistani and dual ethnic origin in England from their own perspectives.
The project will help in:
" Identifying motivational factors, decision-making processes, culturally specific beliefs and attitudes towards teenage parenthood.
" Understanding the meaning and consequences of teenage parenthood in the study populations.
" Establishing the wider community and extended family perspectives on teenage parenthood.
" Gaining insight into current service provision and establish how this might be improved for teenage parents.
We will use the following methods:
1. A telephone survey of local service providers, community representatives and other stakeholders will be undertaken to explore the nature of services which are provided and their perception of young parenthood in ethnic minorities (January - February 2003).
2. One focus group in each study location will be conducted with young people who were teenage parents but who had their child over a year ago. The views of the young parents will inform the design of the interviews (February - March 2003).
3. We will carry out 150 one-on-one interviews with teenage parents (100 with teenage mothers and 50 with teenage fathers). These will be conducted by local workers who we will train (March- October 2003).
4. 12 young mothers at an early stage of pregnancy will be invited to record their experiences of pregnancy and parenthood on an audio tape diary (May - October 2003).
How will we get in touch with teenage parents?
We intend to recruit participants for the focus groups, one-on-one interviews and audio diaries through a combination of health professionals and through various local providers of services for teenage parents, community groups and associations. The teenage parents will only be contacted through these organisations. We aim to access the teenage fathers through a snowball technique. This method involves the teenage mothers who are willing to participate contacting the father and asking if they would be willing to take part in the study. If they are willing, then we will make contact with the father.
If you require further information, have any questions of would like to take part, then please feel free to contact , Research Assistant, tel: 0114 226 6737 e-mail: