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National Funding To Expand Empowering Parents Empowering Communities (EPEC): opportunity to join next Wave EPEC scaling programme
South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust's National EPEC Team can partner with up to 8 organisations in the UK to establish EPEC Hubs in their local area.

We appointed nine First Wave partner sites in January 2018. Since then we have started working with 18 more sites who are now delivering EPEC groups / training in their areas.

EPEC Hub will offer EPEC parenting courses in local, socially disadvantaged communities for parents with children aged 2-11 years. The Scaling Programme provides local multi-agency partnerships that are ambitious to develop innovative, community-based parenting support with a robust, well tested approach. EPEC combines local professional parenting expertise using evidence-based methods with a parent-led approach that builds community resilience.

The National EPEC Team will provide training, materials and support to new partners to help them set up a new EPEC Hub.  More details are available to download below.

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Sixth Wave EPEC Scaling Programme Information and Application Form

Sixth Wave Agreement Template

EPEC NESTA DCMS Scaling Programme Summary Findings

NESTA DCMS EPEC Scaling Programme Final Report

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.

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EPEC – Overview
EPEC – Commissioning EPEC
EPEC – Developing a Local EPEC

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.

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EPEC – Evidence and Outcomes

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.

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EPEC – Parent Impact and Experience
EPEC – Parent Group Leaders