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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: NUR2050 Module Title: WORKING WITH PARENTS
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NUR2050
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: KNIGHT L Mrs (HSC)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

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Assessment Pattern
The assessment comprises of several parts:

Part1 – A formative 20 minute presentation using a reflective model that focuses on an incident or issue from your practice which relates to a parenting interaction.

Part 2 - A summative reflective academic essay that shows how you are using the learning gained from the module in your practice. 2000 words

Part 3 - A structured portfolio of evidence demonstrating the specialist learning outcomes.

Parts 2 and 3 of the assessment must be passed in order to be given credit.

Module Overview
Module Aims
The aim of this module is to support flexible learning opportunities in order to develop independent learners who are able to address the complexities of modern health and social care policy and provision in an innovative manner.

Specific Aims
This module is for individuals working in multidisciplinary settings who wish to advance their theoretical and practical understanding of working with parents in this changing and developing field of work. Participants will be able to provide enhanced/advanced skills based on theoretical knowledge and evidence based research for those who work with parents/families.
Learning Outcomes
Subject Knowledge and Understanding
• Identify learning needs and develop an individualised, self-directed program of learning through the use of a personal development plan
• Demonstrate the underpinning skills and knowledge needed to support parents enabling them to build and maintain relationships with families and the wider community.
• Understand the concepts of family diversity and factors affecting relationships.
• Assess transitional stages in family life and offer support and interventions where necessary.
• Recognise the importance of effective communication skills and early years parenting experiences.

Cognitive/intellectual skills
• Evaluate and develop their professional knowledge through ongoing reflection in and on practice relevant to the chosen area
• Understand the validity of the chosen topic area in relation to their professional practice
• Reflect on own and other’s learning needs and develop strategies to meet them
• Carry out relevant reading and research relevant to supporting parents
• Show self-aware reflective practice

Practical Skills
• Demonstrate the ability to link theory to practice in relation to the chosen topic area in order to demonstrate an understanding of evidence based practice
• Plan and organise evidence-based models of parenting education and support within own setting
• Demonstrate a range of work-based competency skills in relation to working with parents
• Practice sound assessment with an understanding of risk and protective factors

Key transferable skills
• Explore the socio-political climate impacting on the chosen area of study
• Act professionally and demonstrate effective communication within a multi-disciplinary environment
• Select and utilise relevant research-based evidence to support work with parents

Module Content
The academic content of the module concentrates on integrating theoretical and practical knowledge in order to enable to practice parenting education and support. The content will be negotiated between the student and the specialist tutor. Key themes to be covered include:

• Professional practice issues
• Professional development
• Multi-agency partnership working with families
• Communication with children, young people and families
• Knowledge and Strategies around parenting capacity
• Assessment of parenting capacity
• Multi-agency working

Key themes to be covered in relation to the subject are:

• Models of learning and reflective practice
• Concepts of parenting
• The supportive and trained practitioner
• The legislative and standards framework
• Managing diversity
• Theories of human development and their impact on practice
• The interdependent nature of the parent child relationship
• Attachment theory
• Theories of temperament and personality development
• Parenting Capacity
• Parent-child relationship quality and child outcomes
• Environmental and life course influences on parenting
• A framework for positive relationship and behaviour management
• Communication, negotiation and facilitation skills
• Models of integrated working
• Organisational culture and behaviours
• Innovative practice
• Assessment and planning skills
• Evaluative processes
• Overview of services and support networks in local area
• Managing closure
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Overall Student Workload – 200 hours

Taught/Work-based Learning/Self-directed learning – to be confirmed through individualised learning agreements.

Required Pre-requisite

Working in the field of service delivery to parents 

In order to demonstrate achievement of learning for each module within the programme, it is expected that each student will attend all of the taught component. However, it is acknowledged that difficulties may arise preventing an individual’s attendance. Therefore the minimum attendance required will be 80% of the taught component of each module. This includes allowing for Annual leave. Any absence should be discussed in advance, with the module organiser. Any students failing to meet the attendance criteria for a module will be unable to submit their assessment.

Selected Texts/Journals
This is reading that is useful for your understanding of issues/concepts that will be covered by the module content.

Barrett. H. (2006) Attachment and the Perils of Parenting, NFPI, London

Barrett H. (2003) Parenting Programme for Families at Risk, NFPI

Bidmead C. Davis H, Day C(2002) Working in Partnership with Parents: The Parent Adviser Model Pearson Education, Inc

Buchanan, A., And Hudson, B. (Editors) (2000) Promoting children's emotional well-being: messages from research. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Gerhardt S (2004). Why Love Matters Brunner Routledge

Golombok, S. (2000) Parenting: what really counts? London: Routledge.

Meggit C(2006). Child Development: An Illustrated guide, Heinemann,

Quinton David (2004) Supporting Parents – Messages from Research Jessica Kingsley

Sunderland M. (2006) The Science of Parenting DK Publishing


Barber N. Why Parents Matter: Parental Investment and Child Outcomes
Bergin and Garvey 2000

Bee H.(2000) The Developing Child (Ninth Edition). Allyn and Bacon

Bowlby J. A secure base: Clinical implications of attachment theory Routledge, London, 1988.

Brazelton, T. B., And Cramer, B.G. (1990) The earliest relationship. Parents, infants and the drama of early attachment. Cambridge, Mass, USA: Perseus Publishing

Cleaver H, Unell I And Aldgage J(1999) Children's Needs - Parenting Capacity: The impact of parental mental illness, problem alcohol and drug use and domestic violence on children's development The Stationery Office

Dwivedi Kedar Nath Enhancing Parenting Skills: A Guide for Professionals Working With Parents Wiley 1997

Egan, G. (2002) The skilled helper. A problem-management and opportunity-development approach to helping. 7th edition

Faber A And Mazlish W.( 2001) How to talk so Kids will listen and listen so kids will talk. Piccadily Press, London

Galinsky, E. (1987) The six stages of parenthood Cambridge, Mass, USA: Perseus.

Greenspan, S.I., And Lewis, N.B. (2000) Building healthy minds: the six experiences that create intelligence and emotional growth in babies and young children.
Cambridge, Mass, USA: Perseus Books

Harwood Robin L, Miller Joan G.M And Irizarry N.L(1995)Culture and Attachment: Perceptions of the Child in Context The Guilford Press

Lamb M. (2003) The Role of the Father in Child Development Wiley

Reder P., Mcclure M And Jolley A. (2000) Family Matters: Interfaces between Child and Adult Mental Health Routledge

Shulman S. And Seiffge-Krenke (1997). Fathers and Adolescents: Developmental and Clinical Perspectives Routledge

Wheal A. (Ed) 2000 Working with Parents: Learning from other people's experiences Russell House Publishing


A rich resource of information can be found within related journals. It is worth looking in the following:

Child Psychiatry & Human Development
Infant Mental Health
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Journal of Public Policy
Journal of Adolescent Health
Journal of Paediatric Child Health
Nursing for Woman’s Health
Journal of Child and Family Studies
Community Fractioned (CPHVA)
British Journal of Community Nursing
Parenting: Science and Parenting (
National Family and Parenting Institut
Last Updated
28TH JULY 2010