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Find a parenting programme

There are hundreds of parenting programmes run in the UK, but the ones listed on this site are all evidence-based. This means that they have been independently evaluated and show that they can bring about positive changes in families. Find out more information for parents.

  • Search for a parenting programme by name
  • Programme name

  • Rating

  • Who is the programme for?

  • Programme outcomes

  • Families and Schools Together (FAST)
  • Four stars
  • Parents interested in supporting their child’s development and being involved in their community

  • Improved child behaviour, Improved child achievement, Improved child social skills, Reduced risk of child substance misuse, Reduced risk of child offending, Improved parenting practices/competency, Improved parent wellbeing

  • Functional Family Therapy (FFT)
  • Four stars
  • Families with a young person engaging in persistent antisocial behaviour, substance misuse and/or youth offending

  • Improved child behaviour, Reduced risk of child substance misuse, Reduced risk of child offending, Reduced parent stress/depression/mental health problems

  • Multisystemic Therapy – Problem Sexual Behaviour (MST-PSB)
  • Four stars
  • Families with a young person who has committed sexual offences or demonstrates sexually abusive behaviours.

  • Improved child behaviour, Improved child achievement, Improved child general wellbeing/mental health, Reduced risk of child substance misuse, Reduced risk of child offending

  • Helping the Noncompliant Child (HNC)
  • Three stars
  • Parents of a child with serious behavioural problems, such as ADHD and other developmental disabilities

  • Improved child behaviour, Reduced risk of child substance misuse, Reduced risk of child offending, Improved parenting practices/competency

  • The Incredible Years Toddler - BASIC and ADVANCE (IY Toddler)
  • Three stars
  • Parents with a young child who is at risk of developing a substance misuse problem or conduct disorder when he or she is older

  • Improved child behaviour, Improved child general wellbeing/mental health, Reduced risk of child substance misuse, Improved parenting practices/competency

  • The Strengthening Families Programme 10 – 14 (SFP 10 – 14)
  • Three stars
  • Any parent or carer with a child between the ages of 10 and 14.

  • Improved child behaviour, Improved child achievement, Reduced risk of child substance misuse

About the ratings

To be included on this website, parenting programmes are rated using the Parenting Programme Evaluation Tool (PPET). This tool rates parenting programmes against standards of best practice in four domains:

  1. The specificity of the programme’s target population (Who is it for?)
  2. The programme’s theories and activities (What does it do?)
  3. The programme’s training and implementation support systems (Who delivers the programmes and how?)
  4. The strength of the programme’s evaluation evidence (How we know the programme works?).

All programmes receive a rating from 0 to 4 within each category, resulting in four ratings. A rating of 4 means that the programme meets all of the criteria in the category (in other words, the programme is strongly developed in this domain) and a rating of 0 if they do not meet any of the criteria.

  • Four stars
  • Three stars
  • Two stars
  • One star
  • Zero stars
  • Strong
  • Promising
  • Preliminary
  • Requires further development
  • 0 rated