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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

  • Family Nurse Partnership (FNP)
  • Four stars
  • Young, pregnant mothers expecting their first child. Fathers can participate in the programme as well, with the consent of the mother.

  • Improved child behaviour, Reduced risk of child offending, Reduced child maltreatment (actual or risk), Improved parent wellbeing, Improved parent life circumstances (employment; education)

  • 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

  • Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care – Adolescent (MTFC-A)
  • Four stars
  • Parents with an adolescent child at risk of going into residential care because of very serious emotional and/or behavioural difficulties

  • Improved child behaviour, Improved child achievement, Reduced risk of child offending, Other

  • Multisystemic Therapy (MST)
  • Four stars
  • Families with a young person who is at risk of going into care due to serious antisocial behaviour and/or juvenile offending

  • Improved child behaviour, Reduced risk of child offending, Improved parent wellbeing

  • 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

  • Parent Management Training, Oregon Model (PMTO)
  • Four stars
  • Parents with concerns about their child’s behaviour and/or emotions

  • Improved child behaviour, Improved parenting practices/competency, Reduced parent stress/depression/mental health problems

  • Standard Triple P
  • Four stars
  • Parents of children with mild to serious concerns about the child’s behaviour.

  • Improved child behaviour, Improved parenting practices/competency, Improved parent wellbeing

  • Stepping Stones Triple P - Standard and Group
  • Four stars
  • Parents with children with a physical or learning disability, such as autism spectrum disorder, Down’s syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, etc

  • Improved child behaviour, Improved parenting practices/competency, Improved parent wellbeing, Reduced parent stress/depression/mental health problems

  • The Incredible Years Early Years (IYEY) BASIC and ADVANCE
  • Four stars
  • Any parent with concerns about their child's behaviour.

  • Improved child behaviour, Reduced child maltreatment (actual or risk), Improved parenting practices/competency, Reduced parent stress/depression/mental health problems

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