Parenting & Family Relationships
Tameside’s Parenting Offer strives to support families when it is needed. This might be to access a course or for guidance on how to understand their child/children better and help improve knowledge. We offer a range of support services to suit the needs of all parents and children in Tameside. We have a robust and multi-agency parenting panel in place. The panel is represented by a range of multi-agency services, including Early Attachment, Early Years Provider Development Team, Healthy Minds, Voluntary Sector, Tameside Families Together and the Parenting Team. The panel ensures the needs of the family are met by matching them with the most appropriate group, or where it is felt the family will benefit the most.
The council’s vision for the ‘Grow with Me’ parenting offer is one where all parents, children and their families will receive the support that is right for them as early as possible.
The parenting offer is a whole-family approach and all interventions are based on research and what we know works for families. Our aim is to ensure families in Tameside will have the skills, understanding, information and guidance to build confidence in their capacity to support children to achieve their potential. The Parenting Offer in Tameside support and works alongside the THRIVE model. For more information click here
This offer complements the wider vision for the early help approach in Tameside which states:
‘‘Our vision is that every child and young person in Tameside has the best start in life, to grow, thrive, and be prepared for a successful adult life; and when the need or emerging problems occurs, communities and organisations work together with children, young people and families to co-ordinate support thereby improving the overall wellbeing and quality of life of all Tameside’s children and young people.’’
There are a number of courses being offered at present that can support all the above. Please click here to see which Parenting Courses available in your area.
Early Attachment Service – Service Overview
The Tameside and Glossop Early Attachment Service (EAS) works with parents, babies and young children, from pregnancy until the child’s 5th birthday.
Research tells us that healthy first relationships are vitally important for a baby’s future wellbeing and development. Usually these first relationships are with mum and dad, but sometimes they are with other carers.
The overall aim of the service is to support parents/carers and babies/young children to feel safe and secure and to build positive relationships that they can both enjoy. These positive early relationship experiences lay the foundations for building babies’ brains, and form the basis of children’s capacities to manage their own feelings, to explore the world and learn and to develop the social skills that allow them to make friendships and cope with everyday demands on them.
About The Service
Pregnancy to Two
Being pregnant and having a baby is a special and memorable time in a parent’s life. But it can be a difficult time too. Different emotions, experiences and expectations can get in the way, and affect how parents feel in themselves and how they feel about their baby. Some parents have the support they need from family, friends or professionals such as Health Visitors. When extra support is needed, we can provide more intensive help to parents/carers and their babies in these important first 2 years of life. This is done by listening, observing, making sense of difficult feelings and strengthening the relationship between parent/carer and baby/child, supporting the baby/child’s development and wellbeing, and supporting parental confidence to manage the challenges of being a parent.
The Early Attachment service provides information for all new and expectant parents in Tameside and Glossop, in the form of a booklet ‘Getting it Right from the Start’, available from your midwife or health visitor. The DVD content is also available on You Tube. Link here
The Toddler and pre-school years (2-5)
Young children are full of passions and conflicting feelings. Their development doesn’t always run smoothly and sometimes things get stuck. Being a parent of a young child can be a rewarding and positive experience but it is also full of real challenges. It is common for parents to feel overwhelmed, lose confidence and struggle with new responsibilities. Parents may also have worries and strong feelings about themselves, their partner or even their toddler at times. Sometimes all these things can affect the parent-child relationship. When extra support is needed, the service can provide more intensive help to parents/carers and young children to work things out and get back on track. This can include supporting families with children whose development is causing concern.
Helping at Home (0-5)
Some children have more complex developmental needs which parents or early years professionals notice and want support to understand better. Helping at Home is an intensive community-based assessment and treatment approach to understanding these children, their development, and the concerns of their families in more detail. It is also part of the service offered by the Early Attachment Service team.
Where the service works
The service works in community health clinics, children’s centres and family’s homes across Tameside and Glossop, and works closely with health visitors, midwives, GPs and other professionals. EAS is a partnership between Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust.
The team members have core professional training in health visiting, psychology, psychotherapy and social work and have many years’ experience of working with parents, babies and children. They have all undertaken extra training in supporting the Parent-Infant relationship. They can therefore offer a wide range of skills and approaches.
The service has received wide recognition for its good practice and forward thinking from other professionals and services around the country. The model for the Early Attachment Service is currently being replicated across the other nine boroughs in Greater Manchester. The team is part of the Greater Manchester strategic network of perinatal and parent infant mental health services.
How To Use The Service
To access the service, your GP, midwife, health visitor or another professional will need to refer you. A referral to EAS would always be discussed with you first, and a leaflet should be given to you explaining the service you will be offered.
All the referrals are screened to ensure the service is right for you. Where possible and required they will try to offer you an appointment within 2 weeks of a referral being accepted into the service. Sometimes, instead of working directly with you, they might support other professionals in the work they are doing to help you and your baby/child.
You would usually be offered a time to meet with someone from the team where you can get to know each other, spend some time talking about your baby or toddler. The service will talk about your experience, your hopes and concerns and about your day to day life.
They will also get to know you and your baby or child through watching you play, thinking about your baby or young child’s cues and behaviours as well as ways of responding. You will also have a chance to discuss your problems and concerns, your needs of both yourself and your baby or young child.
You and the service will work out together what sort of help will be most appropriate for you. Depending on need, they offer both group and individual support.
At regular intervals and at the end of the work together, the service will write to you so that you have a record of your progress. They’ll send a copy of the letter to the professional who first referred you, and your GP, so that they know how you’re getting on and how else to support you, if necessary.
Don’t forget! You can receive support for your relationship with your baby without being referred directly to the service. Health visitors and community midwives have extra training in supporting your relationship with your baby and they will often provide the support you need, sometimes with extra advice from a member of the Early Attachment Service team.
Covid-19 Update: The team are currently offering bookable telephone consultations with members of the team. You can contact them directly to book a consultation if you are a parent who feels worried about their relationship with their child (pregnancy to aged 5).
Contact details for the service:
Phone: 0161 716 3569