What is Parenting Teenagers Programme?
Many parents describe parenthood as challenging and
most think that they are the only ones experiencing
This is the reason the Parenting Teenagers Programme
has been developed by the Children and Young People
Team. It was originally developed as a support group
for parents and carers and has now evolved into a
course that is delivered in lots of localities in
By providing the opportunity for parents and carers
to meet with other parents and carers of teenagers,
this allows parents to realise that they are not
alone and others are experiencing similar
challenges. This commonality allows parents to
support each other during group sessions and, after
the group ends, should they choose to keep in
contact with each other.
When attending the course, parents and carers are
encouraged to reflect back to when they were a
teenager. Participants will learn about why
teenagers behave and interact the way they do, as
well as learning some positive behaviour management
During the course, parents and carers learn the
importance of taking care of themselves. Using
different strategies to interact with their teenager
and the importance of teenagers needing to feel
secure, loved and valued by their parents or carers.
Who would benefit from these groups?
Anyone taking on a caring role for a young person
aged between 12 and 16 years old and who would like
support and learn strategies to solve particular
parenting problems or simply to get support from
other parents or carers.
Where do the groups run?
The groups are delivered in different community
settings, including some secondary schools in West
Lothian. To find out when the next group will be
running please see the contact details below.
What format do the groups take?
The Parenting Teenagers Programme is delivered over
12 weekly sessions with each session lasting two
Some groups run during the day and some in the
evening depending on the requests of parents and
carers who register to attend.
How can I access
Contact the Children & Young
People Team - Tel. 01506 282948 or email
Is there a charge?
No, there is no charge.