WHY DOES PARENT NETWORK SCOTLAND USE A PEER-LED APPROACH?
Parent Network Scotland is a national charity that uses a unique combination of parent support, training, gaining qualifications and peer-led methods. Our parent group leaders receive intensive training, coaching, mentoring and support and supervision from our existing senior team and through our network meetings.
Our approach offers greater credibility and influence with other parents in local communities, builds community capacity and resilience through our parent networks. Improves parent facilitators' confidence, qualifications, and employability.
IMPROVES THE SCOPE AND SCALE OF HELP AVAILABLE TO PARENTS AND FAMILIES
WHAT DO PARENT GROUP LEADERS DO?
Our courses are led by local parents who have completed our extensive accredited training. Facilitators use their skills, backgrounds, experience, and status as parents as the most important elements to engaging other parents. Building trusting relationships so that parents feel encouraged, optimistic and well informed about PNS, particularly those with higher levels of need. Helping shape our course content and methods to reflect the individual and collective needs of parents and their children. Helping parents to develop individual goals for themselves, their children and family and developing local family hubs to support families and reduce isolation.
WHAT TRAINING AND SUPPORT DO THEY GET?
PNS offers training and on-going support, including:
Wellbeing Toolkit Training
SPACE (supporting parents and children's emotions)
Time to Heal - a trauma based course written in conjunction with parents
Introductory accredited 4 day Development Award
Continued CPD and an offer of an accredited Community Achievement Award.
All of our Parent Group Leaders are assigned a Supervisor for observation of Parent Group Leader practice and course delivery.
Continuing development sessions to exchange skills, reflect on practice, revisit and review course structures and organisation, and co-design new developments