Parenting support

The council offers a range of parenting support, including one-to-one advice sessions, workshops and seminars, which you can book directly by contacting your local family hub.

Further details on available workshops can be found below.

Or there’s a programme of evidence-based parenting courses – including Triple P and Incredible Years – to help parents manage their children’s behaviour.

For more information, email  parenting@portsmouthcc.gov.uk. Please include your full postal address including postcode on any enquiry.

Triple P Incredible Years Family Lives and the  Family and Parenting Institute are external organisations offering support to parents.

Parenting advice

A two-hour surgery facility held weekly in localities. Offering parents opportunities to raise on going issues and discuss options regarding additional support.

Social Toddler Workshop

A 2 hour workshop with crèche delivered in Children’s centres across the city. This two-hour workshop is an opportunity to meet other parents and to find out how your toddler sees the world.

Incredible Years Babies

A series of six three hour sessions offered in a central location, targeted at Parents with babies up to six months old. To promote positive parenting practices to provide physical and tactile stimulation for babies, and the importance of this for brain development.

Triple P seminars

A series of three two-hour sessions offered in each locality targeted at Parents of either primary or secondary school children. Topics include positive parenting, raising confident and competent children, raising resilient children, raising responsible teenagers, raising competent teenagers, and getting teenagers connected.

Triple P primary course

Two-and-a-half hour sessions delivered weekly over ten weeks which aim to promote positive parenting practices, including the use of positive attention and praise, strategies to avoid problems in high-risk situations and effective discipline for misbehaviour.

Group sessions include presentations, discussions, practical exercises and individually tailored homework. Suitable for families of children attending primary school.

Triple P secondary/teen course

Two-and-a-half hour sessions delivered weekly over 10 weeks which aim to promote positive parenting practices, including: the use of positive attention and praise; strategies to avoid problems in high-risk situations and effective discipline for misbehaviour. Group sessions include presentations, discussions, practical exercises and individually tailored homework. Suitable for families of children attending secondary school.

Triple P primary – online

An interactive web-based course, undertaken on home (or library) computer with remote monitoring and one telephone review with a parenting practitioner. The course aims to promote positive parenting practices including: the use of positive attention and praise; strategies to avoid problems in high-risk situations and effective discipline for misbehaviour.

Parents receive log on details and complete relevant self-assessment questionnaires. Suitable for families of children attending primary school.

Triple P Discussion Groups

A two and half hour session with crèche, giving opportunities to focus on specific areas of child behaviour.

For children from 2 years to 11 years, topics include:

  • Dealing with disobedience
  • Managing fighting and aggression
  • Developing good bedtime routines
  • Hassle-free shopping with children.

For older children the focus can be:

  • Getting teenagers to cooperate
  • Coping with teenagers emotions
  • Building teenagers’ survival skills
  • Reducing family conflict.

Triple P stepping stones course

Triple P Stepping Stones recognises seven key aspects to positive parenting children with disabilities:

Two-and-a-half hour sessions delivered over ten weeks, this evidence-based parenting course aims to promote children’s development and manage children’s behaviour in constructive and non-hurtful ways.  It is based on good communication and positive attention to help children develop and includes:

  • ensuring a safe and interesting environment
  • creating a positive learning environment
  • using assertive discipline; adapting to having a child with a disability
  • having realistic expectations
  • being part of a community.
  • For more information please visit Portsmouth City Council website