Parent psychology scheme helps over 5,000 families

Monday 7th October 2019

Nearly two thirds of youngsters with high-risk behavioural problems have been helped after their families took part in an NHS parenting programme.

Aimed at families with three to six year olds, the psychology of parenting (PoPP) scheme sees two practitioners guide parents to develop on strong relationships with their child and help them support their child’s development and resilience.

Since it began in 2013, 81% of children involved have demonstrated an improvement by the time their parents completed the programme. 772 practitioners have been trained to deliver interventions and overall 883 PoPP groups have been or are still being delivered to 5,623 families.

Of those children with the most significant clinical range of behavioural problems, 62% were able to move out of the high-risk category after developing their social skills and ability to deal with emotions.

Caroline Lamb, NHS Education for Scotland chief executive, explains: “Unfortunately, about one in ten young children really struggle with their behaviour. Without help, they are much less likely to succeed at school or have good peer relationships, and much more likely to experience a range of difficulties, such as unemployment, substance misuse, mental health problems and be involved in crime.

“But we can help them, by helping their parents. The best parenting programmes give parents positive approaches to strengthen their relationship with their children and support their development.

“Since 2013, we’ve been rolling out the PoPP programme across Scotland. With over 5,000 families now having taken part, it has shown significant impact on children and their families and is cost-effective for the country.”