High Peak parenting scheme flops

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A national parenting scheme that was trialled in the High Peak, has been branded a flop by critics after less than four per cent of potential parents took part.

The £5 million CANParent programme, which was launched in 2012 in three areas of the UK, offered mums and dads free parenting classes.

But the initiative, which was also piloted in Camden and Middlesborough, attracted 2,000 parents out of a possible 55,200 according to government figures.

The classes and advice Network sessions aimed to offer support with everyday challenges such as learning through play, working together as a team, communicating and staying calm, managing sleep issues and coping with difficult behaviour. But with such a low take up, the scheme ended up costing £2,500 per parent.

As previously reported, the trial, which was scheduled to end last month, has been extended after the government granted a further year of funding.

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham, who attended the re-launch, said: “It’s clear that the classes really help parents - those who have used them already really valued them and recommended them wholeheartedly. I’d urge any families across the High Peak to give the classes a try.”