The Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC) programme established by the Race Equality Foundation is offered by multiple local authorities, charities, and parenting support groups, especially those focusing on disadvantaged families. They have identified it as a fundamental step towards successful parental intervention.
Run under the structure and guidelines of the Race Equality Foundation, we will offer the parents a 13-week training programme Run by two SFSC qualified and experienced facilitators and using materials purchased from the Race Equality Foundation, the sessions will also provide support to parents to ensure their attendance. This includes the provision of refreshments, childcare, and transport to make it easier for parents to attend. Parental learning and engagement resources will be provided in multiple languages and formats suitable for our multi-ethnic users whose English is not their first language. It will cover issues such as managing anger, developing empathy, violence prevention techniques, understanding behaviour, emotional management, and social skills.
This SFSC training will also provide the parents with further advantages, including:
Given that it is accredited through the Open College Network, the parents will benefit from the prospects of getting a job or getting into further education upon successful completion. This is a rare opportunity for most of BAME parents.
It will link the parents with our community building and support strategies that “draws on social learning theory and uses interactive learning methods, such as encouraging parents to share their experiences and values and undertaking practical activities practised in the session and then implemented at home”.
It will offer an inclusive evidence-based parenting programme, designed to promote protective factors which are associated with good parenting and better outcomes for children.