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Parenting support and guidance

Advice for Parents and Carers during the COVID-19 Outbreak

For information on parenting advice and support during this difficult time please visit our parenting webpage.

You can access ideas for home learning with your child here.

Simple fun activities for children from birth to five.

Mental health support for children and young people in Birmingham and Solihull.

Solihull Parenting Team coordinate a range of parenting programmes across Solihull on a termly basis. These groups take place in a variety of venues, and are typically aimed at a specific age range.

The universal parenting group ‘Understanding Your Child’s Behaviour’ runs for 10 weeks, and is open to parents and carers wanting to learn more about their child’s development and behaviours, as well as improving their relationship and communication with their child.

Specialist groups for parents of children with diagnosed conditions, for e.g. Autism, ADHD, also take place, as well as targeted groups for families with more complex lives, and ad-hoc workshops.

If you would like further information or would like to book onto a group please contact the Solihull Parenting Team on 0121 301 2773 or via email bsmhft.parenting@nhs.net.

Accessing services that can help you

There are many support services in borough and around the local area too, providing information and advice to parents. Please search our Family Information Service Directory to find support services that may be able to help you and your family.

Understanding pregnancy and early childhood

Being a parent, particularly for the first time, is hard for many reasons. One of these is understanding exactly what is happening; but there is help available with the:

There is also a free 5-week antenatal parenting group which is available through your midwife, or via the parenting team on 0121 301 2773 or bsmhft.parenting@nhs.net .

Parenting strategy

Solihull Council has produced a Parenting Strategy with the following aims:

  • to provide continuous, wrap-around professional and peer support for parents from pre-birth to school-age and beyond
  • to improve parenting skills among new parents in order to promote secure attachment in children in the early years and develop effective behaviour management
  • to enable parents to design and develop their own support networks
  • to make parenting advice and support the norm accepting that it is a skill that can be learnt

Support for parents of children with additional needs

Specific support is available to parents of children with additional needs, with services across the borough. With many groups run by parents and carers of children with special educational needs or a disability (SEND) themselves; they know exactly what you're going through.

From drop in sessions to organised groups , you can get the help and advice you need from disability support groups. Please search our Family Information Service Directory to find support services that may be able to help you and your family.

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