Restorative Thinking Parenting Programme (Parenting without Conflict)

The Restorative Thinking Parenting Programme (Parenting without Conflict) aims to help parents to understand their child’s behaviour and the reasons underpinning the challenges a child may present.

The programme encourages parents to think about what the child/ren’s behaviour is communicating as an indication of unmet needs and then how to meet these needs.

Restorative Thinking's classes cover a range of reflective activities, encouraging parents to consider the impact of their current parenting styles and behaviour and allowing mothers and fathers to develop new skills needed to restore and rebuild positive relationships by reducing future conflict and healing past hurts.

The Restorative Thinking Parenting Programme (Parenting without Conflict), which is underpinned by restorative values and approaches, is delivered over four 2.5 hour sessions, with groups of parents, carers and grandparents.

Restorative Thinking encourages both mothers and fathers and those with a ‘parenting’ role to join the programme where possible so that there is a consistency of approach and that all those who look after the child receive the same message and therefore can offer the same support. The programme has been developed so that it supports both mums and dads.

The programme provides all those who attend with useful and practical resources to take home.

The programme has received the Department for Education CANparent quality mark and has taken part in the Bristol CANparent trial.

The Restorative Thinking Parenting Programme (Parenting without Conflict) is offered through Children’s Centres, schools and prisons. In prisons it supports participants in reconnecting with their children.

The Department for Education has produced a five-minute film of programme delivery in Bristol in March 2013 – view it and find out more about the programme on Restorative Thinking's website

For more information about the programme, contact Lesley Parkinson at or on 01772 742353 or 07722 232975.

Other toolkits in the series are:

Restorative Thinking: A restorative practices interactive toolkit written by teachers for teachers

Restorative Thinking: A restorative justice interactive toolkit for working with offenders

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