Croydon Council are pleased to offer a number of parenting courses, covering the different stages of childhood and the unique challenges they can bring. You can chose what courses will suit you and your family best. Below is a list of the first set of courses, additional dates will be added soon.
Parents or carers who wish to register to attend these courses, or find out more should either;
- speak to their local children centre staff
- speak to their Best Start Worker or Social Worker
- contact the Croydon Parenting & Relationship Hub on 020 8606 2062
- Triple P and Teen Triple P
- Mellow Bumps
- Mellow Parents
For more guidance on local Early Help and Safeguarding got to Professionals and Local Policies pages
Croydon Family Justice Centre
Information about Croydon’s Family Justice Centre. www.croydon.gov.uk/community/dabuse/fjcentre
Croydon Parents in Partnership
PIP services are available free of charge to parents of children and young people with a special need or disability living in Croydon. We can help you if your child or young person is between 0 – 25 years old. http://www.pipcroydon.com/
Local Information on Private Tuition
Private Tuition services may not practice safer recruitment nor make safeguarding training available to tutors/volunteers, therefore parents should take steps to ensure that their children are safe. You can be pro-active and vigilant in safeguarding children when choosing a tutor by:
- Asking if the tutor has a CRB/DBS Certificate and if so to ask to see it.
- Checking that the tutor has relevant qualifications and asking for evidence.
- Asking for at least two references from other parents and their phone numbers for follow up conversations.
- Asking the tutor what steps they take to maintain appropriate professional boundaries and keep children safe.
- Request to view their safeguarding and allegations/complaints policy.
- Sitting in on lessons or keeping the door open and making random visits.
- Remaining vigilant and giving their children safety advice.
- Reporting any safeguarding or appropriate professional boundaries concerns to children’s social care.
- Contacting the LADO if a child may have been harmed or at risk of harm from a professional.
- If you are looking for a Private Tutor the Croydon Online website details tutors available to help you (please read the webpage disclaimer). http://www.croydononline.org/learning_and_skills/tutors/
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Gingerbread- Single Parents, equal families
make trax, Supporting tomorrow’s talent today
Employment, trainin and skills for single parents aged 15-25 living in Croydon. Make trax is a flexible, personalised programme for young parents aged 16-25 who are not in employment or education.
The programme offers single parents one-to-one support to create a regularly reviewed progression plan, which sets out ambitous but achievable goals.
We provide participants with:
- One-to-one coaching and mentoring
- Impartial information, advice and guidance (IAG)
- Support to buld confidence and motivation
- Create activites to engage and inspire
- Assistance with course applications
- Access to work experience or volunteering placements
- Help to indetify employment and training opportunities
- Workshops to develop employment skills.
Parents can apply directly by contacting Gingerbread project officer Jade Briant:
As parents, you want to make sure that you can keep your children safe. The NSPCC can help you with advice on how you can build strong relationships with your children and keep them from harm.
The Parents Protect website is an information and resources website which aims to raise awareness about child sexual abuse, answer questions and give adults the information, advice, support, and facts they need to help protect children. http://www.parentsprotect.co.uk/
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)
CEOP’s ‘Think U Know’ website is the parents and carers guide to the internet and provides advice for those who have children in primary or secondary education. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/Parentsold/
Drinkaware – Alcohol and your child
Information on talking to your children about alcohol, interactive video advice and age appropriate tips. http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/check-the-facts/alcohol-and-your-child
Information about keeping children safe online. http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers
Transport for London – Road Safety for Toddlers
Children’s Traffic Club is a free road safety education programme for children aged three to four years old. Thanks to funding from Transport for London (TfL), the Children’s Traffic Club can provide your toddler with basic road safety skills for free. There’s a range of fun activities to receive in the post every three months.