Online courses about children’s development include latest research about how best to meet long term emotional needs

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Overview summary:
The Solihull Approach, an NHS based team of health professionals, have developed an exciting online course for parents, carers and professionals. ‘Understanding Your Child’ includes 12 modules (20 minutes each) and follows 5 other families. The focus of the course is  how our emotions affect our relationships and behaviour. It looks at brain development, play, styles of parenting, sleep, temper tantrums, communication and more and is based on the nationally and internationally acclaimed face to face course.
Challenge identified and actions taken :
Unlike antenatal support, there is a stigma around accessing parenting support.
We know a great deal about preventing mental health problems in future generations. We know that the brain develops in response to its environment and is especially sensitive to the quality of relationships with caregivers, particularly in the first three years of life.
There is “floor to ceiling” evidence that intervening early and preventatively pays both economically, emotionally, and cognitively and achieves life long impact.
A trial of universal parenting support was undertaken by the coalition government (CanParent trial 2012-15). The Solihull Approach was a provider in the trial. The range of courses on offer were very popular with those who took them but the trial reached only a fraction of the intended audience, less than 3000 out of an intended 20,000. A CanParent survey revealed that most 98% of parents would be interested in a course, but the difficulty is accessing one.
The Solihull Approach developed the online coures in response to this finding.
The Solihull Approach face to face course and online course were  the first in the country to be awarded the DfE’s Quality Mark.
The Solihull Approach is offering multi-user licences to corporates, schools, NHS trusts, local authorities, public health, and prisons.
Impacts / outcomes:
Data analysed so far: 121 parents highly significant reductions in conflict and increases in closeness in the relationships between the parents and their children on the two subscales and overall score on the Child Parent Relationship Scale (Pianta, 1992).
Published research demonstrating effectiveness of face to face course:
  • Johnson, R., Wilson, H. (2012) Parents’ evaluation of Understanding Your Child’s Behaviour, a parenting group based on the Solihull Approach. Community Practitioner, 85: 5, 29-33.
  • Vella, L., Butterworth, R.,  Johnson, R.  and Urquhart Law, G. (2015) Parents' experiences of being in the Solihull Approach parenting group, ‘Understanding Your Child's Behaviour’: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Child: Care, Health and Development41:6, 882–894.
  • Baladi, R., Johnson, R., and Urquhart Law, G. (in progress) A pre, post and follow-up evaluation of Understanding Your Child’s Behaviour (UYCB): A parenting group intervention based on the Solihull Approach. Child: Care, Health and Development.
Supporting quote for the innovation from key stakeholders:
“The most amazing and immediately life changing course I have ever been on! And that’s after 5 years in childcare!” (Parent)
“Really enjoyed doing it and found it useful. Yes it made a difference. Was going to make a referral to the MAT team. Children's behaviour problematic at home, being managed at school, but a problem. Saw an improvement after the parent took the course. We could see a difference in school. Children much, much better. The mum was being more positive, a bit more confident, she seemed able to see things from their point of view, and had  changed the way she spoke to the children.” (Pastoral Lead at a Primary School)
Which local or national clinical or policy priorities does this innovation address:
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidelines for conduct disorder: ‘Antisocial behaviour and conduct disorders in children and young people: recognition and management’ NICE guidelines [CG158] Published date: March 2013
Plans for the future:
To engage with corporate partners, health, education and social care. Develop implementation kits  to assist organisations to launch the course to employees and customers. Reach the whole population thereby elevating the emotional wellbeing of future generations.  
Tips for adoption:
Multi-user licences are available. Implementation kits are in development.
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