The Parents Plus Charity was established to develop and disseminate evidence based programmes for families in Ireland and internationally. In order to ensure long term sustainable benefit, the charity adopts a train the trainer approach to empower professionals and community leaders to deliver the programmes in their agencies and local areas. Specifically, the Parents Plus Charity provides programme materials and facilitator training, post training supervision and coaching, as well as evaluation and implementation support to local agencies and groups over time to build long-term family support capacity in targeted communities.
The original Parents Plus Programme was developed in 1998 and since then five flagship programmes have been developed targeting different age groups and contexts.
1) The Early Years Programme (for parents of children aged 1 to 6)
2) The Childrens Programme (for parents of children aged 6 to 11)
3) The Adolescents Programme (For parents of adolescents aged 11 to 16)
4) The Working Things Out Programme (targeted at adolescents aged 11-16)
5) Parenting when Separated Programme (targeted at parents post separation)
All Parents Plus programmes, are delivered as structured courses with small groups of parents, children and adolescents utilising DVD input, handouts, group exercises and homework.
The Parents Plus Programmes have all been developed in partnership with Irish parents and children specifically including their individual experiences. Uniquely, Parents Plus Programmes combine a social learning model with a solution-focused preventative framework that encourages and empowers parents and children to take charge and make positive changes in their lives.