For a number of reasons, parents sometimes struggle to care for their children.
It could be the strain of illness, mental health issues or drug and alcohol misuse. Coram's parenting services offer early help for families so that they avoid reaching crisis point and are helped to provide a loving and secure environment for their children.
In the past year (2015 to 2016), Coram supported more than 300 parents to help them do their best for their children.
Parenting achievements in Thurrock
Coram offers one-to-one support and group parenting programmes for families with children from birth to 18 years old with additional needs. The service focuses on building family resilience and relationships and strengthening community support networks. Parenting programmes employed in Thurrock include:
Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities a preventative programme aimed at increasing self-esteem and achieving positive long-term changes in family relationships,
Mellow Parenting offered to mothers and fathers at home to reinforce their learning.
The impact of parenting programmes and support
In 2015 to 2016, more than 250 parents took part in parenting programmes or received one-to-one support from Coram.
99% recorded improvements in at least one area of their parenting,
88% saw improvement to their emotional wellbeing,
25% of attendees were fathers compared with a national average of 10%.
Assessing families at risk
The Community Based Assessment project (CBA), a partnership project between Thurrock Council and Coram, provides expert assessment of families with children in need, or at risk of being removed. It is provided via specialist social workers from the Family Drug and Alcohol Court with experience of domestic abuse, substance misuse and mental health.