Support for parents and carers

We can support you with voluntary parent support, parent orders and offer advice and guidance.

Voluntary parenting support

We recognise the challenges that parents can face when trying to provide the care and support that their children need, especially if your child has become involved in negative and potentially criminal behaviours.

Often, parents themselves are trying to parent under difficult circumstances.  These may include:

  • Dealing with inadequate or overcrowded living conditions
  • Struggling to manage relationships with others within the family (including your child)
  • Issues with emotional well-being; including dealing with past trauma
  • A reliance on substances or other addictive acts to cope (alcohol; legal and illegal drugs; gambling; risk taking behaviours)

In addition, it might be that support could provide you with new and helpful ideas and strategies to make your parenting more effective.

If you have a child currently being supported by our service and any of the above issues feel relevant-we can help you!

Our expert parenting practitioners, based within the service, can work with you on a voluntary basis to understand the difficulties that your child faces, build your skills, help you to understand how your own experiences affect your relationship with your child and help you to engage with the key services involved in your child’s life.

How to get support

  • If your child’s case manager identified issues in their assessment, then they may talk to you about gaining support from our parenting practitioners as part of the overall service offer.
  • You can pro-actively talk to the case manager about gaining support

In both cases, a parenting practitioner will visit you and work with you to develop a plan of support.  This will include (if needed), working with you to get you in a more stable place so you can be more resilient and then work to develop the plans and skills required.

Work can be direct work with the parenting worker, a process of mediation within the family or as part of a group offer.

ACEs toolkit group programme

This group-based programme aims to help parents understand adverse childhood experiences and how our brains and bodies learn to cope with trauma.

The focus of the sessions is to help you:

  • build your resilience and self-esteem
  • develop your relationship with yourself and with your child in a relaxed and positive environment.

We will focus on giving you the practical skills you need to look after yourselves as well as supporting your child to manage emotions and develop action plans for the future.

Sometimes, our service offers parenting support to parent(s) who do not wish to take it up.  In this instance, and if a child is again before the court, these parents may be made subject to a Parenting Order.

Parenting orders

If your child repeatedly gets into trouble with the police, is convicted of an offence, or doesn't attend school regularly, the court can hold you responsible. 

The court normally issues a Parenting Order on our recommendation.  We only recommend a Parenting Order where parents have not taken up offers of support and we are concerned about your child, how well they are doing and that you are not acting effectively as parents to try and support your child.

The court can add other conditions to the order, which last for up to 12 months, to make sure that your child goes to school, for example.

What happens if you breach a parenting order?

If you breach or fail to comply with a Parenting Order we will liaise with the Police and arrange for you to be put before the court. The court may impose a number of penalties including fines, community orders or absolute or conditional discharges.

Getting a Parenting Order doesn’t mean that you get a criminal record, but you can be taken to court if you don’t comply with the order, and can be fined or given a community penalty, which is a sentence that's served in the community.

Additional information

Service What support is available
Barnsley Family Service Directory (FSD) Supporting families with childcare, wellbeing, training, advice and support. 
Barnsley Safeguarding Children Barnsley Safeguarding Children service ensure young people stay safe and away from harm. 
CAMHS CAMHS offer support to improve young peoples mental health. 

Early Help and Targeted Youth Support service

The Targeted Youth Support service brings together a range of agencies who work together to help young people who are taking risks or experiencing difficulties get back on the right path.

I Know I Can (IKIC)

IKIC support young people to achieve their aims and aspirations with advice on education, next steps and employment.

Substance Misuse

The substance misuse service supports young people and their families with drug and alcohol use.supporting young people and their families with drug and alcohol use.

Targeted Information Advice and Guidance (TIAG)

TIAG offer impartial advice to support young people into education, employment and training.