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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Keeping Foster and Kinship Parents Trained and Supported (KEEP)
  • Three stars
  • Foster and kinship carers responsible for a child between the ages of five and 12 years with behavioural difficulties

  • Improved parenting practices/competency, Other

  • Lifestyle Triple P
  • Three stars
  • Parents with an overweight child.

  • Improved child general wellbeing/mental health, Improved parenting practices/competency, Other

  • Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care – Prevention (MTFC-P)
  • Three stars
  • Parents with a young child who is at risk of going into residential care because of very serious emotional and/or behavioural difficulties

  • Improved child behaviour, Improved child general wellbeing/mental health, Reduced parent stress/depression/mental health problems, Other

  • Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN)
  • Three stars
  • Families with a recent report of physical abuse or neglect (within the previous 180 days) against a child aged six to 17.

  • Improved child general wellbeing/mental health, Reduced child maltreatment (actual or risk), Improved parenting practices/competency, Improved parent wellbeing, Improved parent life circumstances (employment; education)

  • Parents Plus Adolescent Programme (PPAP)
  • Three stars
  • Parents with concerns about their child’s behaviour, emotional problems, and/or learning at school

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

  • Parents Plus Children’s Programme (PPCP)
  • Three stars
  • Parents with concerns about their child’s behaviours, emotional problems, and/or learning at school

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

  • Parents Plus Early Years (PPEY)
  • Three stars
  • Parents with concerns about their child’s behaviours (including ADHD), emotional problems, and/or development and learning

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

  • Primary Care Triple P
  • Three stars
  • Parents with initial concerns about their child’s behaviour or development

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

  • 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

  • A Supportive Programme for Parents of Teenagers (STOP)
  • Two stars
  • Parents with concerns about their teenage child's behaviour

  • Improved child behaviour, Improved parenting practices/competency

  • ADHD PEST
  • Two stars
  • Parents with a child diagnosed with ADHD, or awaiting a diagnosis of ADHD

  • Improved child behaviour

  • Anna Freud Centre Parent Infant Project (PIP)
  • Two stars
  • Parents and infants under one year of age experiencing difficulties in the parent and baby relationship

  • Improved child general wellbeing/mental health

  • Family Links Nurturing Programme (FLNP)
  • Two stars
  • Any parent interested in improving their relationship with their child.

  • Improved child behaviour, Improved parent wellbeing

  • Family Transitions Triple P
  • Two stars
  • Parents who are going through a difficult divorce or separation.

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

  • Fostering Changes
  • Two stars
  • Foster carers

  • Improved child behaviour, Improved child general wellbeing/mental health, Reduced parent stress/depression/mental health problems, Other

  • Fun and Families
  • Two stars
  • Any parent interested in supporting their child's development.

  • Improved child behaviour

  • Mellow Parenting
  • Two stars
  • Mothers with a child aged under five where there are high levels of social and health needs, as well as child protection concerns.

  • Reduced child maltreatment (actual or risk), Improved parenting practices/competency

  • Noughts to Sixes – From Pram to Primary School
  • Two stars
  • Any parent with concerns about their young child's development.

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

  • Parent Effectiveness Training (PET)
  • Two stars
  • Any parent interested in supporting reduced parenting stress and improved general child wellbeing/mental health.

  • Improved child behaviour, Improved child general wellbeing/mental health, Reduced parent stress/depression/mental health problems

  • Parenting Positively
  • Two stars
  • Parents with concerns about their child’s behaviour and/or emotions.

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

  • Raising Children
  • Two stars
  • Any parent interested in supporting the development of a child between the ages of two and 12.

  • Improved child behaviour

  • Selected Triple P
  • Two stars
  • All parents at key transition points in their children’s development, including entry into childcare, preschool and primary school

  • Improved child behaviour, Improved parenting practices/competency

  • Solihull Approach Parenting Group (SAPG)
  • Two stars
  • Parents interested in improving their relationship with their child

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

  • Standard Teen Triple P
  • Two stars
  • Parents of adolescents with mild to serious concerns about their child’s behaviour

  • Improved child behaviour, Improved parenting practices/competency

  • Strengthening Families/ Strengthening Communities (SFSC)
  • Two stars
  • Parents interested in improving their relationship with their child, and those who want to reduce the risks associated with family and community violence

  • Improved child behaviour, Improved child general wellbeing/mental health, Improved parent wellbeing

  • Take 3
  • Two stars
  • Parents with concerns about their teenage child's behaviour.

  • Improved child behaviour, Improved parent wellbeing

  • The Five Pillars of Parenting
  • Two stars
  • Muslim parents with concerns about their child's behaviour

  • Improved child behaviour, Improved parent wellbeing

  • The Incredible Years School Age (IYSA) - BASIC and ADVANCE
  • Two stars
  • Any parent with mild to serious concerns about their child’s behaviour.

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

  • The Scallywags Programme
  • Two stars
  • Parents with a child with serious behavioural difficulties.

  • Improved child behaviour, 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