The Co-ordinator for Parenting is

Diane Clack

For information on Parenting
Courses in your Area
email Diane


Currently co-ordinating 40 trained and accredited facilitators assessed by the London Open College Network able to deliver parenting programmes in East, Central and West Sussex.  Operating in schools toddler groups, community health centres and parishes.

Chichester Diocese Mothers' Union is part of the world-wide association set up to support and care for all Families.  For 127 years we have been nurturing family relationships and in the last seven years the Diocese of Chichester has made the parenting course is special project.

We have taken the most used parenting course in the British Isles known as Family Caring Trust and made it the centre of our work, although several other courses have given good ideas which we incorporate.  The course consists of one book; simply written, user friendly, full of suggestions and strategies for busy parents to try out in moments of stressful conflict.  It gives full recognition to the increasing diversity of our population.



The 5 - 15s course book is translated into Tamil, Somali, Punjabi and Urdu.  FCT publishes and sends each facilitator a quarterly review giving updates on wide ranging national parenting issues and understandable comments on current government support.

Course consists of eight weekly two hour sessions


The Course Topics
  • Children's misbehaviour
  • How to help children to become more responsible
  • Encouraging children
  • Listening to children
  • Communicating about problems
  • Disciplining children and applying consequences
  • Talking things out in the Family
  • Bringing it all together



  1. Introduction to the session and how the parents have got on in the previous week. Getting in touch - a short exercise to help parents to get in touch with the topic at a personal level.
  2. Introducing the topic - either by reading
    together the short chapter or showing a video based on chapter - or both.
  3. Case studies discussed that help parents apply the input to typical situations.
  4. Parents encouraged to make specific plans about how they will use the new skills during the week.
  5. A few moments of quiet relaxation and visualising.
  6. A brief summary of session and some feedback from the group on how they found the session.

This summary of a session gives no hint of the tremendous interaction between group members and facilitators; the gradual friendships forming; the barriers of awkwardness and shyness dissolving; the hilarity of mistakes admitted - found to be common to all; and that comforting knowledge that the group will have an opportunity to go on supporting each other in the future.

For further information of courses please contact us either by e-mail,telephone or post.