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Parenting & Family Support Conference 2018: Supporting Teenage Parents & Parents of Teenagers

18.10.18 9:30 am
18.10.18 3:30 pm


Children in Wales

Non-Members: £135.00

Member: £105.00

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18 October 2018, 9.30am – 3.30pm, Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff


Children in Wales’ Parenting and Family Support Conference 2018 will focus on teenage parents and parents of teenagers.

We will consider policy, research and practice in supporting teenagers through pregnancy and parenthood and explore issues for parents of teenagers.  A key theme will be how to ensure the needs of care experienced parents and other marginalised or vulnerable parents are met.

There will be opportunities to explore topics in more depth by way of workshops where delegates can contribute their knowledge, ideas, and experiences.

Confirmed speakers:

Professor John Coleman OBE, University of Bedfordshire – New knowledge, new insights: addressing the major challenges for parents of teenagers today.  Prof Coleman’s talk will address three main themes: mental health, the impact of social media and adolescent brain development.  He will show how each of these poses challenges.  Recent research has provided information as to how to approach these issues.  Prof Coleman will offer constructive advice for parents, carers and professionals.

Alison Hadley OBE, Director Teenage Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange and Teenage Pregnancy Advisor to Public Health England – What is effective in improving the lives of young parents and their children?  This presentation draws on evidence and learning from the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy in England. It will summarise progress made in supporting young people to prevent unplanned pregnancy, describe the evidence for improving outcomes for young parents and set out the importance of a multi-agency coordinated care pathway.

Sarah Mutch, Early Years Manager, Caerphilly County Borough Council.

Workshops will be facilitated by:

  • Professor John Coleman OBECommunication breakdown between adults and teenagers. In this workshop Prof. Coleman will work with participants to explore reasons for communication breakdown, and strategies for repair.  There will be a number of interactive exercises, as well as an overview of recent research on this topic.
  • Alison Hadley OBE Developing a coordinated care pathway for young parents: what’s working well in efforts to improve outcomes for young parents, and where are the gaps
  • Nikki Lacey Specialist Midwife for the under 19’s, Vale of Glamorgan Parenting Service.  Better Beginnings-Sowing the seed of good parenting for teen parents through Specialist Midwifery.  The work of a Midwife specialising in young parents will be explained.  Common themes and challenges encountered by the client group will be discussed.  Using the concept of a seed being planted, we will explore some ways in which a positive therapeutic relationship with specialist health providers can help nurture positive parenting behaviours.
  • Francesca Minty Young Women and Girls Project Worker (Project Unity), National Youth Advocacy Service. Project Unity: Supporting Pregnant Care Experienced Young Women. This workshop explores some of the challenges faced by care experienced young women and highlights the support and resources available to care experienced young mothers across Wales, through Project Unity.

Aim of the conference

The aim of the conference is increase delegates’ understanding of the subject areas and provide an opportunity to consider their own policy and practice, alongside sharing experiences and best ideas.


John Coleman – Cardiff October 18
Sarah Mutch – Supporting young parents in wales
Alison Hadley – Teenage parents presentation 18 Oct



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