Your job as a parent is one of the most difficult there is - it can be both challenging and rewarding. It is a job where very little training is given to prepare parents for what lies ahead.
Every family experiences difficulty from time to time and this can test the best of parents. When additional pressures come along, these can make a hard job nearly impossible. At these times it may be hard to think about what help or information you might need.
When things go wrong it does not mean that someone has failed in parenting - things go wrong for everyone. It is often the way difficulties are handled that can make a difference to your children, both now and in the future.
There is no such thing as the perfect parent. However, there are some ways that can make it a less stressful and more rewarding experience.
A booklet called 'The Safe Parenting Handbook' has been produced, see link below. It is hoped that the handbook can offer some ideas and information to help you find your way through what can be a maze of issues and advice. It gives contacts and further information you can follow up when you are deciding how to deal with your worries and difficulties.
This handbook also lists some of the warning signs of particular difficulties and offers helpful tips.
This handbook has been produced by the Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) for use by local parents and trainers.
The Safe Parenting Handbook can be found on the LSCB website.