Centre for Parent and Child Support
Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities (EPEC)
Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities (EPEC) is a highly cost-effective system for training and supervising parent-led parenting groups and courses for parents who experience a range of difficulties with their children. EPEC core parenting courses are adapted for developmental stage and include:
- Baby and us - for parents of babies and infants
- Being a parent - for parents of children aged two to 11 years old
- Living with teenagers - for parents of adolescents aged 12 to 16 years old
EPEC has a series of more specialist parent-led interventions including courses co-designed for parents whose children are affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), parents with mental health difficulties, parents at risk of parental conflict.
EPEC is designed to maximise parent engagement and outcomes. EPEC has a highly successful record of reaching parents experiencing social and economic disadvantage, social exclusion and families form minoritised cultures and communities.
EPEC is supported by thorough research and evaluation evidence. It is recommended as a highly effective intervention by independent bodies in the UK and internationally.
EPEC results in improvements child behaviour, child development, parenting, parent concerns and parent well-being. Parents learn practical communication skills for everyday life and develop their abilities to bring up confident, happy and co-operative children. The programme uses discussion groups and role play, where new skills can be practiced in a supportive environment.
Free crèches are provided alongside each group and parents attending the course can choose to gain accreditation for their work through the Open College Network.