Shropshire Council

The Parenting Team

In Shropshire, we recognise how important the role of parents and carers is, and how difficult that role can be without the knowledge of appropriate strategies that can be used to deal with everyday parenting challenges. The Parenting Team offers a variety of services to parent carers with children with SEND.

  • Understanding Your Child SEND workshop
  • Understanding Your Child SEND ten-week group
  • Parenting clinics or telephone consultations

The Shropshire Council Parenting Team offers parenting clinics across Shropshire, where parent carers of children with SEND will be able to book a 45-minute appointment with a parenting practitioner to discuss any difficulties they might be experiencing in understanding and managing their children’s behaviours. These appointments can be face-to-face at one of the clinic locations across Shropshire, or we can arrange appointments for telephone call consultations. The telephone consultations follow the same format as the face-to-face appointment but enable parents who are unable to travel to a clinic location to engage with this offer. These appointments can also be used by parents who may have attended a parenting group and feel that they might benefit from some additional support. In this appointment a package of support will be agreed with the parent.

The Understanding Your Child SEND workshops and groups are based on the Solihull Approach. This offers a highly practical way of working with families within a robust theoretical structure.

The parenting group aims to:

  • Promote understanding of children’s behaviour within the context of developmental issues
  • Promote the development of parent/child relationship
  • Increase confidence and self-esteem in both parents and children
  • Give parents a strategy for repair when things go wrong
  • Promote reflective, sensitive and effective parenting

The group has been designed to offer parenting support for families who want to learn more, and who may or may not be experiencing some difficulties with their children.

We also offer the online version of the universal Understanding Your Child course free to Shropshire parents. It's available on the 'In our place' website and the code parents need is DARWIN18. This course can be accessed at any time convenient to the parent/carer as a standalone course, or it might compliment the attendance of a group, workshop or clinic.

For information on the location and times of the clinics, groups or workshops and to book a place, please visit the Family Information Service website. All bookings should be made via the Parenting Team: parenting.team@shropshire.gov.uk or phone 01743 250950.