Supporting parents

Support for parents and carers in our Sandwell Family Hubs.

Being a parent is not always easy and here at Barnardo's we understand that all parents/carers need a helping hand at some point. Parenting approaches change as our children grow and develop and our Parenting Team can provide some guidance and support around these changes to help and support you feel confident in your day-to-day family lives.

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Solihull Approach: Understanding Your Child

Solihull Approach is a 10-week programme which aims to help parents/carers to understand their child’s development, communication and emotional needs.

Triple P

Triple P is an 8-week programme and is suitable for parents/carers who want support with learning new strategies which will support the challenges parents/carers face. This programme will support with boundaries, routines and to become a calmer parent/carer.

Teen Triple P

Teen Triple P is an 8-week course to support parents with the changes and challenges of having a teen. This programme will support with adapting strategies which are more suitable to use with teens as opposed to younger children.


Changes offers sessions on the Early Years, the Primary School Years and the Secondary School Years. Parents/carers will look at their own life story and how personal experiences can impact on parenting.

The course provides opportunities to learn and develop parenting skills and helps parents/carers to understand their children's needs. The course covers hints and tips on communication, rules and routines, supporting better behaviour, preparing for school, safer internet usage and much more.

Ante Natal Changes

This is a 3-week program delivered by a local health visitor or midwife. The course covers how your baby is growing, what you can do to have a healthy pregnancy, life with a new baby and the importance of a support network.

It will cover the birth and key information about labour and how to care for your baby including essential baby care and safety. These sessions need to be booked through and are delivered virtually and face to face.

Stepping Stones Triple P:

Stepping Stones Triple P is a 10-week programme to support parents/carers who have a child(ren) with a (diagnosed/undiagnosed) disability or additional need. This programme will provide parents/carers with adapting strategies, understanding and using inclusive approaches.

Cygnet Parenting support programme

Programme for parents and carers of autistic children and young people aged 5-18 years. Attending cygnet gives parents/carers an opportunity to develop their understanding of autism and look at practical solutions to support their child.

It will also provide the opportunity to meet other parents and carers in a similar position and hear about their experiences in an informal but supportive atmosphere.

Our offer

We have a range of support for parents and carers in our Sandwell Children's Centres, which includes the offer of parenting programmes. Our experienced Parenting Team work across the 6 towns to deliver free programmes for parents of children aged 0 to 19 years old to suit your needs both in our centres and in partnership with schools as well as virtually for those who may have difficulty in accessing a course.

We have courses about:

  • Young children / primary school years
  • Children with diagnosed/undiagnosed disability or additional need
  • Teenagers

Support for Sandwell parents-to-be - Booking by Bookwhen

To enquire around how we can support you and your family/child in Sandwell, please use the contact button.

We have also included some useful resources and information that you can access in your own time and way.

Resources for supporting parents


  • Family Information Service

    Hub Directory Local Offer A-Z Children and†Families Information†about applying for funding, child care and†services†available in Sandwell

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  • Helping Hands

    Their services include:

    • Sharing rooms support sessions - learn coping techniques and share experiences with other parents
    • Advice / Workshops / Family sensory sessions / Parent wellbeing sessions
    • Other Online Parenting Courses, Support, Advice and Telephone /Coaching
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  • Sandwell Parents of Disabled Children

    Activities and opportunities for disabled children and young people living in Sandwell.

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    Sandwell's Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service. They offer impartial information, advice and support to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The service is impartial, confidential and free.

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  • Autism West Midlands

    Offer free autism information helpline offering a first point of contact for families and individuals in crisis. Provide advice and support sessions families and carers of children on the autistic spectrum offer training to parents, professionals and individuals and much more!

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