Parenting Support

As the challenges around Covid 19 continue, more agencies are providing support and advice for parents and carers. The highly recommended Solihull Approach courses are currently available for free, and other courses have been put together with current times in mind.

Solihull Approach Courses:
Written by the Solihull Approach, which is a well recognised NHS provider of information and courses for parents. The online courses normally cost between £19-£39 each. The access code below means they are FREE of charge.

These courses are for all parents-to-be, parents, grandparents or carers of any child from the antenatal period to age 18 years. There are different courses to choose from depending on the age of your child. You don’t need to be struggling to benefit from these popular courses. They are relevant to parents of all children, including those with special needs, autism, ADHD etc.

Go to the website , apply the code TAMAR when prompted, and register for an account. You can contact the Solihull Approach team on 0121 296 4448 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm or email

NSPCC online safety:
The NSPCC is working to support families during Covid 19 and has produced a webinar for parents - Helping keep your kids safe online: Webinar for parents and carers

Bisnet is a service which provides training and support for those caring for children with autism. They have a Facebook page which is providing webinars and live Q&A sessions. Many of the strategies they suggest can be used with all children.

Thrive-Online Parent Toolkit
Designed to support parents with children aged 4 to 11, the free toolkit helps parents and carers ensure the time and interactions they have with their children make a positive difference.
The toolkit offers a selection of strategies and activities designed to help children feel special and safe during these uncertain times. It is not a parenting programme but a toolkit to support the wellbeing of everyone in the family.

The toolkit is available to all parents, whether their child has had a Thrive assessment and action plan in place or not. Click here to find out more:
You may also like to look at the Thrive facebook page, which is filled with ideas and information:

The Hope Programme:
A free online course is soon to be available for parents of children with challenging behaviour.
Organised by the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, the HOPE Programme (Help Overcoming Problems Effectively) is based on a course developed by the University of Coventry to help people cope better with long-term medical conditions – including mental health issues such as anxiety, stress and depression.
The wider programme helps you to focus on you as a person, not as a long-term condition, helping you to discover new strengths and rediscover old ones to keep yourself well. It also aims to boost your self-confidence and resilience, to help you cope better emotionally, psychologically and practically with your condition.
Face-to-face courses have been suspended during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but virtual courses are still taking place – one of which tackles how parents of children with challenging behaviour can better cope with those behaviours. The specific dates of the course are still to be confirmed, but if you’re interested in attending please register your interest using the online form on the HOPE website.