Why is Parent Gym needed?
In a 2001 longitudinal study, referring to 1998 figures, Professor Stephen Scott, Director of Research at the National Academy for Parenting Practitioners, estimated that a child with conduct disorder at 10 years will cost £70,000 in public services by the age of 28, compared to £10,400 for a child with no problems. Parent Gym works with parents to reduce conduct problems – latest figures show a 21% drop in the conduct problems of children whose parents have attended the programme. Read why it matters.
Who is Parent Gym aimed at?
We work in primary schools in the lowest 30% of the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) so that we can make our tips and techniques accessible to all. Within the primary schools we open the programme to all parents who’d like to come. Read about our Schools
What is covered?
The findings from our research highlighted three key areas that we could support parents: ‘Facilitation of Development’ ; ‘Control and Consistent Limit Setting’ ; ‘Love, Care and Commitment’. Our sessions cover these ideas in a fun and accessible with themes like ‘Rules’. Read about the history
How do we know it works?
We ask parents and teachers to complete three different questionnaires before and after the programme, and we also collect data again three months later. The results show that we are having a direct effect on things like children’s conduct and parents’ self-acceptance. More information here
Why should I get involved?
Reaching out to the community is not only beneficial to everyone, but can also be personally immensely rewarding. Our volunteer coaches have all enjoyed being part of Parent Gym.