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Free support sessions for parents of teens

02 March 2023

This March, Plymouth City Council is hosting free online support sessions for parents of teenagers.

The sessions will explore some of the challenges that young people face today and the tools that parents can use to support them.

Each of the three 90-minute session will cover different topics, such as mental health, body image and online safety.

Parents can choose to attend all of the ‘Let’s Talk Teenagers’ sessions, or choose the ones they are most interested in:

Session one, Tuesday 14 March, 7pm to 8.30pm

This session covers:

  • Teenage development including social and emotional changes
  • Healthy and unhealthy relationships, including domestic abuse
  • Body image
  • Toxic masculinity

Session two, Tuesday 21 March, 7pm to 8.30pm

This session covers:

  • Community risks including county lines and gang crime
  • Unhealthy relationships with a focus on child sexual exploitation and grooming
  • Social media
  • Safety planning

Session three, Tuesday 28 March, 7pm to 8.30pm

This session covers:

  • Family strengthening
  • How to have challenging conversations
  • Role modelling
  • Emotional wellbeing and self-care

Councillor Charlotte Carlyle, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Children and Young People said: “There are lots of serious challenges facing our teenagers today and it can often be hard for parents to navigate these subjects, so these free online sessions are incredibly valuable and will offer parents and carers practical advice and clear guidance to help families support and protect their young people.” 

Parents can register for the courses for free via Eventbrite.