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Parent and Carer Support and Information Sessions from Edinburgh Council

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Following a successful initial session last term, we’re happy to announce a new round of Parent and Carer Support and Information Sessions on Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health issues.  Click here to learn more.  These session have been planned with the support of CAHMS and other relevant organisations.

The sessions will each have a different topic focus. There will also be an opportunity for parents who wish more information or are concerned about their teenager’s emotional wellbeing or mental health to meet other parents and supportive professionals in a safe relaxed environment. Parents and carers of 11-18 year olds from across the city are welcome to attend any of the sessions.

Please e-mail if you wish to come along.

Here’s the schedule of times, places, and topics:

Wednesday 9th September 2015, Leith Academy, 6.30-8.30pm

-Self Harm

Thursday 1st October 2015, Drumbrae Library, 6.30-8.30pm

-Anxiety and Depression

Thursday 29th October 2015, Tollcross Community Centre, 6.30-8.30pm

-Stress and the Teenage Brain

Thursday 3rd December 2015, Gate 55, 6.30-8.30pm

-Self Harm

An online parent survey from Edinburgh Council, about holiday dates

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The Department of Children and Families are circulating an online survey to parents and carers through schools and parent association.  They wish to consult with as many people as possible on exact term dates in the upcoming calendar years.  This is a great opportunity to make our needs and preferences known!

You can access that survey here.

‘Talk About Teens’ — a chat group for parents from Edinburgh Council

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Here’s something nice for parents and carers:  a running series of informal coffee hours, just to talk over common issues faced by teenagers and their parents.  It’s great for finding out a bit more about why teenagers behave the way they do, and getting up-to-date information on current issues for all young people.

These meetings are themed, as a rule.  The next topic is, ‘What are the Options?  Positive Destinations’.  It’s about what opportunities there are for young people leaving school, and how it all affects benefits.  It’s on Wednesday, 18th June, from 1.30 to 3pm, at the West Pilton Neighbourhood Centre.

For more information, or to book a place, call or text Jillian on 07860 736129.

proposed term dates — our chance to inspect and respond

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The Council have made available their proposed term dates (to see them, follow these links) for the 2015/16 session, the 2016/17 session, and the 2017/18 session.

It is worth noting that a full two-week Christmas break may not be possible in 2017/18.

Please have a look at all these dates, and respond with any comments to by Friday 28 March, and kindly cc. the Parent Council, at

calling all parents and carers — new study!


The Children & Families Department are seeking groups of parents/carers or teenagers who may be interested in contributing to the development of training around supporting teenagers mental health and emotional well-being. This would build on the already successful Raising Children With Confidence course but would be aimed at parents of teenagers and include the latest research and theories around adolescent brain development and behaviours. In order to inform the development of this programme, they are seeking the views of parents and carers of teenagers across the city.

Since the Children & Families Department appear to desire groups of parents and carers, who will participate in the study in blocs, please, if you are interested, contact the Broughton Parent Council in the first instance, at our usual ‘intouch’ address; if do we get a group interested, we will pass on the names together.

We hope there is some uptake on this. It could be a very useful study indeed!

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