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Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities

What is EPEC?

Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities (EPEC) is a proven method of prevention and early intervention that helps children and families get the very best start in life.  EPEC parenting courses are led by local parent facilitators who have completed accredited EPEC training and receive ongoing training, supervision and support from parenting specialists based in a local EPEC Hub. Each EPEC Hub provides the expertise, organisation, ethos and oversight to ensure safe, high quality, and effective practice.

EPEC parenting programmes combine the latest developmental science and theory with well-evidenced parenting strategies and methods. EPEC offers the following parenting programmes:

  • Being a Parent, for parents of children age 2-11 years.
  • Baby and Us, for parents of babies aged 0-1 year.
  • Living with Teenagers, for parent of adolescents aged 12-16 years.

There are a range of specialist EPEC programmes for parents with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, for parents with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and for families living in homeless accommodation.

What is EPEC's impact?

EPEC is underpinned by rigorous research and practice evidence showing a significant impact on children’s social, emotional and behavioural outcomes, parenting, family resilience and social capital.

  • EPEC is one of the UK’s best evidenced parenting programmes.
  • EPEC’s low cost makes best use of local funding and service resources.
  • EPEC successfully engages socially disadvantaged parents and excluded communities.
  • EPEC transforms service-community partnerships and mobilises community assets.
  • EPEC grows quickly, multiplying the reach of services without undermining existing provision.

EPEC parenting programmes are very popular and highly valued by parents.  Through our programmes, parents learn a range of positive parenting skills, better understand children’s feelings, value effective parent-child communication and build better, more resilient family relationships.

What is an EPEC course like?

EPEC parent group leaders are at the core of our innovative and effective approach.  EPEC parent group leader facilitate parenting programmes that successfully integrate behaviour change with adult learning. EPEC course sessions are highly interactive, offering an engaging and creative blend of small and large group discussion, role play, demonstrations, information sharing and reflection.  Parents practice and use their new skills in everyday life to achieve specific goals.


EPEC – Overview
EPEC – Parent Impact and Experience
EPEC – Parent Group Leaders
EPEC – Evidence and Outcomes
EPEC – Commissioning EPEC
EPEC – Developing a Local EPEC