Supporting your child to build healthy friendships and relationships

The overall aim of this programme is to help parents or guardians in their role in parenting their children to have healthy friendships and relationships at home and in their personal lives. This programme is funded by the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme.

The programme informs parents or guardians on what is taught in relationships and sexuality education (RSE) and the approach that is used by the teacher. It enables parents to have a clear understanding of the content of the RSE part of the Social Personal Health Education (SPHE) curriculum.

NPC offers you the option of two training courses to attend, also there is now a third option an online session.

a. Information Session

This session explores what RSE means to you as a parent. It looks at the aims of the RSE Programme and outlines the SPHE curriculum and how your child is taught in school. The information session informs parents on the programme content of the full NPC Training Module on same (see below).

The session runs for two and half hours and is open to all parents and guardians of Primary school children.

b. Module on Supporting your child to build healthy friendships and relationships 

Delivered over three two and half hour sessions, this module helps parents have a better knowledge of Relationships and Sexuality education so that they can talk to their children and foster their children's self esteem and decision making skills in this important area of their lives. The sessions mirror the curriculum taught in schools.

Some of the topics covered in the training are:

  • Expectations and understanding of RSE for children
  • Speaking and listening - communication skills
  • Self Esteem - a time for parents to reflect on their own self esteem and how this might influence the way in which they relate to their children
  • Childhood experiences - how we as parents learned about RSE
  • The media and ourselves
  • The process of change - physical and psychological changes at puberty
  • The language to use - parents explore the complexities of language in regards to sexuality
  • Parents and School - RSE programme in schools - familiarising parents with the RSE programme.

This module is on offer to groups of parents and is delivered in individual schools. The programme is most beneficial if parents attend all of the workshops.

To register for the Information Session or the full Training Module please contact the Training and Development Section Tel: 01 8874475 or email: 

To download an application form see the link below or to apply online please click here

c. Online session

Another option available is an online session of Parenting: Supporting your child to build healthy friendships and relationships click here to view the session.

This programme is funded by the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme.