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Organisations who play an important role in work with parents and families.

Youth Justice Board

The Youth Justice Board has developed a range of toolkits for youth justice practitioners covering areas such as parenting, education, training and employment, breach and remand. The toolkits were produced via direct work with services across England and Wales and are designed to provide information on good practice and enable Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) to identify and address areas of under-performance, risk or change.   

The toolkits are available on the Ministry of Justice website at


The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services provides a range of support to drive positive change in the delivery of children's services and ultimately out­comes for children, young people and their families.

Three key priorities selected for focus under the Families, Parents and Carers theme are:

  • Improving the safety, health and wellbeing of children through improving the physical and mental health of mothers, fathers and carers 
  • Improving children’s outcomes by supporting parental and carer couple relationships and reducing conflict within families, including domestic violence
  • Improving children’s and young people’s achievement, behavioural and emotional outcomes through effective support and intervention with mothers, fathers and carers of 7-19 year olds

In particular, they are keen to hear about local practice that is leading to significantly improved outcomes for children, young people and their families.

Family and Parenting Institute

The Family and Parenting Institute is an independent charity working for a family friendly society. They promote the conditions which enable children and families to thrive. They engage with families and those who work with families to champion their interests. They draw on research and evidence to influence policy and offer practical solutions for families. They also publish a range of publications, available through their website, which help those who work with families. These include ‘Knowing what you do works: Measuring your own effectiveness with families, parents and children'.

National Academy for Parenting Research, King’s College London

In April 2010, NAPR began the fourth year of a 5 year research programme directly funded by the Department for Education. Their extensive research programme has been designed to help bring real change to the way practitioners work with parents and the way services are delivered. It aims to identify which parenting programmes are effective, cost effective, how services should be delivered and the parenting styles that should be taught to meet children's and families' needs. NAPR work in partnership with the CWDC on the Commissioning Toolkit [link] and ensuring that practitioners are aware of and applying the results of evidence based parenting research to their everyday practice when working with children and parents. NAPR is the evaluating body for parenting programmes on the Commissioning Toolkit.

National Children’s Bureau

NCB’s mission is to advance the wellbeing of all children and young people across every aspect of their lives. As the leading national charity which supports children, young people and families, and those who work with them, across England and Northern Ireland, we focus on identifying and communicating high impact, community and family-centred solutions. We work with organisations from across the voluntary, statutory and private sectors through our membership scheme and through the sector-led specialist networks and partnership programmes that operate under our charitable status.

Parenting UK

Parenting UK is a national membership organisation formed in 1995 to support people who work with parents by keeping them up to date with the latest policy, research and training, sharing best practice, organising events and representing the views of the sector as a whole. We believe in the importance of helping parents to be the best parents they can be, and providing them with the support and guidance they need.

Together for Children

The Together for Children partnership was formed to bring together national expertise in children's services and programme management. Working in partnership itself, Together for Children can support local authorities, their partners, government bodies and other organisations in meeting their strategic objectives.

Together for Children: children’s centre delivery

Together for Children is working in partnership with the Department for Education (DfE) to support local authorities in their delivery of Sure Start Children’s Centres. 

Together for Disabled Children

Together for Disabled Children (TDC) is a partnership between Serco and Contact a Family. The partnership has been commissioned by the DfE to deliver the Government’s Aiming High for Disabled Children transformation programme. TDC provides a comprehensive range of skills, sector knowledge and experience of delivering national programmes.



Page updated: 15 August 2011

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