EVIDENCE BASED PARENTINGPROGRAMMES AND SOCIAL INCLUSIONSEPTEMBER 2012The Strengthening Families Programme 10-14 (UK) Debby Allen and Lindsey Coombes
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAMME 10-14 (UK) My Strong Family Centre and the SFP10-14(UK) Overview of the Strengthening Families Programme A substance misuse programme? Reducing risk and building protective factors How it all ‘fits together’ Research findings
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAMME 10-14 (UK) Evidence based programme Programme that builds Culturally adapted sustainability for the UKA UK wide network of My Strong Highly qualified,SFP10-14 facilitators Family Centre experienced trainers Expert guidance in setting Provide comprehensive up and establishing advice on all aspects of programme delivery working with families
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAMME 10-14 (UK) SFP 10-14 (UK) development in the UK resulted from high quality scientific research studies from Iowa State University in the United States that examined the original US programme effectiveness My Strong Family Centre,The SFP10-14(UK) is which is based in thean evidenced based School of Health andprogramme, which Social Care at Oxfordhas been highlighted SFP 10-14(UK) Brookes University has theand recognised by sole license to adapt andbodies such as: develop the SFP 10-14National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)Department for Children Families and Schools (DfE)Childrens Workforce Development CouncilWorld Health Organisation (WHO)Alcohol Education and Research Council (AERC)
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAMME 10-14 (UK) Original research was funded by the Home Office, Alcohol Education Research Council, DiageoWe have trained over Following adaptation the1,600 practitioners UK DCSF (DfE) funded us towide. The programme My Strong deliver the programme tois also running in Family Centre FIPs across the UKScotland, NorthernIreland and Wales (andwe are involved with alarger European study) Subsequent funding has been from NAPP (PEIPs), multiple LAs, and the CWDC
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAMME 10-14 (UK) SFP 10-14 (UK) is a 7-week evidence based programme to help families with young people aged 10-14 to prepare for teenage years SFP 10-14 (UK) has seven two hour sessions for parents SFP and young people. ParentsThree SFP10-14(UK) 10-14 (UK)trained facilitators are and youth meet separately forrequired to facilitate the the first hour, then spend theprogramme (+ helper second hour together in familysupport as appropriate) activities. Group size can range from about 8 to 13 families, for a total of 20 to 30 individuals
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAMME 10-14 (UK) The SFP is a whole family approach that aims to: Reduce alcohol andObjectives are to: substance misuse and other Increase parenting SFP behaviour problems during skills adolescence Build life skills in 10-14 (UK) young people Strengthen family bonds This is achieved through improved skills in nurturing and child management by parents and improved interpersonal and personal competencies amongst young people
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAMME 10-14 (UK) A substance misuse programme?In the process, itrecommends itself not just …by defocusing almost(or not even) primarily as SFP entirely from substancea substance misuse misuse to concentrateprogramme, but as a 10-14 (UK) instead on the processesgeneric approach of equal which sustain family lifeinterest to mental health, and promote healthycrime prevention, developmenteducation, child welfareand family services.
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAMME 10-14 (UK) Reducing risk and building protective factorsAnd the ‘family process The biopsychosocialmodel’ which theorises that vulnerability model, whichthe impact of ‘economic suggests that the skills andstress’ on parents and its SFP resources possessed bysubsequent effects onmental health wellbeing, 10-14 (UK) families can ‘buffer’ other stresses (e.g. conflictscan have negative impacts within the family)on parenting, which in turnhas implications for youngpeople Kumpfer’s and Richardson’s resiliency model, which is concerned with ‘protective processes’, and the nurturing of life skills in young people in areas such as managing emotions, planning and solving problems
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAMME 10-14 (UK) How it Works: Parent SessionsFamily Sessions that consisting ofuse specially designed presentations,games and projects to role-plays, groupincrease family SFP discussions, and otherbonding, build positive 10-14 (UK) skill-building activitiescommunication skills,and facilitate learning tosolve problemstogether Youth Sessions that engage each youth in small and large group discussions, learning games, group skill practice, and social bonding activities
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAMME 10-14 (UK) Having dreams and goals for the futureThe parent and family In week 1 the young peoplesessions are used to think about their hopes andsupport and reinforce aspirations for futurethe activities in the youthsession SFP 10-14 (UK) In week 3 the young peopleIn weeks 5+6 the young learn about stress, how it makespeople use role play to practice them feel and how they cansteps to keep them out of trouble. manage it in ways that do not getThey think back to week 1 and consider them into troublethe goals and dreams they may notreach if they get into trouble with drugsand alcohol – or any other trouble,shoplifting etc.
STRENGTHENING FAMILIESPROGRAMME 10-14 (UK)Discussing goals and dreams for Simply playing and having funthe futureLearning to listen to one another Strengths based family trees
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAMME 10-14 (UK) Studies showed that young people, who participated in the programme are significantly less likely to have problems with:The difference alcohol, substance use,between the two aggressive and hostilegroups (SFP 10-14 SFP behaviour, truancy,group and controlgroup) becomes more 10-14 (UK) cheating, peer pressuresignificant over the They also have improvedyears, up to four years school attendance andafter the intervention attainment
STRENGTHENING FAMILIESPROGRAMME 10-14 (UK)Lifetime alcohol use without parental permission:At the 8th grade, young people who attended the SFP10-14 showed a49% relative reduction in alcohol use and at 10th grade, a 32% relativereduction in alcohol use compared to those in the control group (p<.01)
STRENGTHENING FAMILIESPROGRAMME 10-14 (UK)Lifetime Marijuana Use:Young people who attended the SFP10-14 were 53% less likely thanthose in the control group to use marijuana at a follow-up evaluationfour years later.
STRENGTHENING FAMILIESPROGRAMME 10-14 (UK)Cigarette Use:Young people who attended the programme were approximately halfas likely as those in the control group to smoke cigarettes at follow-upevaluations two years and four years later.
STRENGTHENING FAMILIESPROGRAMME 10-14 (UK)All research publications are available on request:firstname.lastname@example.orgPlease feel free to contact me at that address for any other informationyou would likeKey publications and more information can befound on the website: www.mystrongfamily.co.uk