What is the Programme About?

Has your child started to argue with you more often and do you find it harder to manage their behaviour?

The Strengthening Families Programme 10-14 (UK) is here for you.

We offer a seven week programme for any family with young people aged 10-14. Our programme helps families with young people to prepare for the teenage years and offers a relaxed and friendly environment where you can all learn and have fun together.

What will we do?

  • Your family will attend seven weekly sessions, each lasting 2 hours, usually held in the evening
  • During the first hour, parents and young people meet separately with group workers
  • During the second hour, parents and young people meet together in family activities
  • Through discussions and fun games families solve problems together, learn about rules and consequences and explore ways to show love and support
  • We always offer refreshment, which allows parents, young people and facilitators time to relax and get to know each other

Why do we address 10-14 year olds?

Your child is becoming a teenager and wants to be independent, wants to try out new things and may find it very difficult to resist the pressure from his/her peers. It is a time of transition for young people and this can result in stress for them, the parents or caregivers.

What can you expect?

  • A friendly group of about 8-10 parents/carers and 8-10 young people who all want to make a difference in their family life
  • There are usually 4-5 group facilitators from a multi-agency background
  • Parent sessions use DVDs which portray different family situations
  • You will do activities that will help you in your relationship with your child and will help your child to understand you better
  • You will play games, win prizes and have fun

Will it really work?

The programme has been shown to help young people to avoid problems with drugs and alcohol, resist peer pressure and communicate better with parents/caregivers. There is a lot of research that shows the SFP 10-14 (UK) works.

In general, the Strengthening Families Programme is:

  • Easy to understand
  • Good fun
  • Inexpensive, i.e. for free
  • Held in a relaxed and friendly environment

You will definitely want to come back the following week!