About the toolkit

Young single parents often tell us they feel judged, talked down to and isolated unless services are tailored to them.

They want professionals to respect them as young parents, and support them to succeed. This toolkit will provide tips and best practice to help you to achieve that.

In this toolkit

The toolkit is designed to be navigated in order or for sections to be used as needed. It includes:

1. What it’s like to be a young single parent

2. The benefits and challenges of single parenthood

3. The practitioner’s role in supporting young single parents

4. Dos and don’ts when supporting young single parents

Throughout, examples and stories are drawn from Gingerbread’s training and the experiences of young single parents and practitioners involved in the Growing Together delivery programme.

How has the toolkit been developed?

The Growing Together Practitioners’ Toolkit has been developed in collaboration with young single parents and experienced practitioners, and builds on a series of ‘Single Parent Awareness’ training courses delivered by Gingerbread.

Questionnaires, focus groups and one-to-one consultations have been used to ensure that this toolkit provides helpful, practical examples of how practitioners can best support young single parents and respond directly to what they feel they need.

About the Growing Together project

Growing Together is a partnership project bringing together the skills and expertise of Gingerbread and Charter Housing, who manage over 5,000 homes across Newport, Caerphilly, Torfaen and Monmouthshire. It was developed in response to the issues and challenges experienced by young single parents living in social housing across these four counties, and funded by Big Lottery Fund Wales ‘Bright New Futures’ young parent programme.

Growing Together focuses on the personal and social development of the young person in all areas of their life, of which parenting is just one. It aims to provide opportunities that motivate and inspire young people to make positive choices about the next stage of their lives through a flexible mix of one-to-one and group workshops, which enable parents to meet people, learn new skills, and set goals for personal progression.

See more of the toolkit

  1. About the toolkit
  2. What’s it like to be a young single parent?
  3. The benefits and challenges of single parenthood
  4. A practitioner’s role in supporting young single parents
  5. Dos and don’ts when supporting young single parents

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