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Parent2Parent - Herts for Learning

Parent2parent logoIn response to the evidence and requests from schools, Herts for Learning (HfL) has developed a parental education programme, Parent2Parent®, aimed at helping parents to improve the learning experience at home by embedding key teaching and learning behaviours. The programme will be delivered by parents for parents following HfL training for Parent Leads.

For information on Parent2parent please visit the Herts for Learning website:


Families Feeling Safe

Please find links below to posters with details about two Families Feeling Safe Protective Behaviours programmes being provided in Stevenage and North Herts. Both are evening groups.

The programme in Stevenage (for dads & male carers) starts Monday 23rd January 2017 7.00-9.00pm and in Letchworth (for mums, dads & carers) starts Thursday 26th 20177.00 – 9.00pm.

For further details and poster for:

We would very much appreciate if you can pass on the details and display the posters with staff, your local networks and family members who may wish to refer to the programme. The funding is focussed  on supporting families who need this help the most. Further details and how to book are on the attached poster.

Details are also on HCC parenting directory together with programmes in other areas and on our website:


Are you Families First’?

Families First logoIf you’re part of a service that provides early help to families – for example family intervention, school nursing, housing, Children’s Centres, police, health and youth support to name just a few, then the answer is yes!

In Hertfordshire, teams and agencies involved in early help are coming together under the overarching brand of ‘Families First’.

Hertfordshire has long recognised that preventing problems makes more sense than trying to fix things further down the line. What Families First will do is provide families and practitioners with better co-ordinated support, an area which has been highlighted for local improvement by several reports in recent years.

We are defining early help as:

"Taking action to support a child, young person or their family, early in the life of a problem, ideally as soon as it emerges. It can be at any stage in a child’s life from pre-birth to adulthood, and applies to any problem or need that the family cannot deal with or meet on their own".

Families First logoThe list of roles and services doing this is exhaustive and includes over 8000 practitioners across the county. Families can experience many difficulties, ranging from domestic abuse, bullying, trouble with police or with a child’s behaviour, to child neglect, school attendance problems, financial difficulties or homelessness. An effective and consistent approach early on can prevent the need for more intensive support, and can minimise the impact of those problems in later life.

Families First also makes financial sense and is essential for making the best use of all our resources. Evidence from the LGA Productivity Programme, ‘Better for Less’, shows that transforming services to be more preventative and better targeted is the starting point for reducing costs. Early help services cost less than reacting to problems which have escalated.

You’ll find case studies, resources and further information on the Families First Portal. You can also subscribe to Update the newsletter for anyone involved in early help in Hertfordshire.


Referring Parents with Problems

Often early years and education services become aware of parents who may have problems with drugs or alcohol. This form can be used to refer to SPECTRUM adult drug and alcohol treatment services.


Community Safety

The Children and Young People Team (CYP Team) Newsletter. The CYP Team is part of the County Community Safety Unit and the newsletter will keep you up to date with work the team is involved in. It will also give you an insight into the way the Police interact with children and young people.

Newsletter - October 2014