Bringing up children can be difficult and parenting is made more difficult when a young person has challenging behaviour. This can include:
- mixing with the wrong crowd
- missing school
- violence and anger.
The Youth Justice Service supports parents to develop more confidence and reduce the stress that they go through whilst bringing up teenagers.
There are a variety of programmes to reflect the diverse needs of parents, which can be offered on an individual basis or within a group programme. The focus of the programme is to help parents:
- understand the causes of difficult behaviour
- learn about the skills that children need to move successfully from one stage of development to another
- encourage positive relationships between them and their child as they develop
- manage the problem behaviour
- plan for future difficult situations.
Most parents seek support on a voluntary basis, however, a few parents are told to attend by the courts using a Parenting Order.