Support for parents

Parenting support service

The parenting support service is for parents of young people who:

  • use the Youth Offending Service (YOS)
  • are in custody (a young offenders institute or a secure placement)
  • are at risk of getting into trouble with the police

The YOS can help parents by:

  • giving one-to-one support
  • group work - this is also a chance to talk to other parents
  • helping them get the support that they need - with things like problems with drugs or alcohol or getting help with housing. The YOS can talk to people working in other services on behalf of the parents
  • running workshops and training sessions - this includes keeping your child safe on the Internet, gangs and adult education

The YOS can see parents at:

  • home
  • the Ealing Youth Offending Service
  • the council's offices at Perceval House in Ealing

They can talk on the phone to parents. The YOS also go to Ealing Magistrates Court every Tuesday - they are there to give help and advice to parents

Who uses the parenting service?

Some parents use the parenting service on a voluntary basis. This means they choose to do it.

For some parents, the court tells them that they must use the parenting service. This is because this is part of a court order.

Parents may also find the following website useful:

Family Lives
Family Lives is a charity that helps parents deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. They provide free professional, non-judgmental support and advice in a way that all members of the family can access.