Who we are

PNS offer a range of evidence-based parenting programmes and training opportunities to parents throughout Scotland.  Based in many Local Authorities, our courses consist of flexible weekly sessions facilitated by fully trained PNS facilitators, and delivered to meet the needs of the group participants.

  • PNS courses are accredited through the Social Enterprise Academy and Glasgow Kelvin College.
  • Sessions are structured to meet the needs of the group attending, and are interactive and creative with a mixture of small group discussions and one-to-one sharing.
  • Trained facilitators offer tools and techniques to support parents to develop skills to have more fulfilling relationships with their children
  • Each session allows for the group to follow the session plan whilst creating a space for group direction
  • Skills that are learned in the sessions can also be used in everyday life.

Parent Network Scotland unique approach is both effective and low cost: it also offers a route for parents to undertake PNS accredited training to group leader stage.

What we do

Why does PNS use a peer-led approach?

PNS uses an innovative combination of peer-led methods with  parent group leaders receiving support and supervision through our network meetings.  We also believe the peer to peer support:

  • Improves the scope and scale of help available to parents and families
  • Offers a greater credibility and influence with other parents in local communities 
  • Builds community capacity and resilience through our parent networks
  • Improves parent facilitators’ confidence, qualifications, and employability

What do parent group leaders do?

PNS courses are led by local parents who have completed our extensive accredited training. Group leaders’ qualities and skills, backgrounds, experience, and status as parents are among the most important elements to engaging other parents:

  • Building trusting relationships so that parents feel encouraged, optimistic and well informed about PNS, particularly those with higher levels of need
  • Helping shape PNS’s course content and methods to reflect the individual and collective needs of parents and their children
  • Helping parents to develop individual goals for themselves, their children and family
  • Develop local family hubs to support families and reduce isolation

What training and support do they get?

PNS offers training and on-going support, including:

  • Introductory accredited 4 day Development Award, continued CPD and an offer of a community achievement award
  • Supervisor observation of parent group leader practice and course delivery
  • Continuing development sessions to exchange skills, reflect on practice, revisit and review course structures and organisation, and co-design new developments

What do parents say about PNS group leaders?

  • “They definitely know their stuff and have so much to offer.”
  • “ Lovely trainers, very upbeat and used their experiences to illustrate strategies really well”
  • “ Really helpful trainers, lovely and understanding…..I wouldn’t have stuck with the course if it wasn’t for the trainers.”
  • “ Absolutely fantastic at delivering the course, empathising with our situations and making us feel really comfortable with sharing our experiences and comments.”
  • “ They were amazing…..made me feel really relaxed and I was able to open up about a lot of things that I have not spoken about and talk about my emotions which I don’t normally do.”