Raising Teens - Off Script

This is a three part series of episodes that gets down to the true grittiness of parenting.

A bit about our hosts:

Paula Pridham is the executive director at Care for the Family, she oversees our support work for parents, couples and those bereaved. Paula has represented the charity in a number of national forums and consultations on family life, such as Occupational Standards for Parent Support Workers and the RSE curriculum for schools.

Mark Chester is the founder of Who Let The Dads Out? and Care for the Family’s parent support manager. He has written books about fatherhood and football and has spoken to thousands of people across the world.

Episode 1

Sex and pornography

In this first episode, hosts Paula and Mark discuss what we can do if our teenagers are viewing porn, or sleeping around. They are joined by special guests Jason and Karin.

Jason Royce is the Director of Souster Youth Trust and has over 20 years’ experience helping parents navigate the tough challenges of raising kids.

Karin Cooke is a trained childcare social worker and author of Dangerous Honesty, a book looking at the impact of pornography on women.

Episode 2

Drugs and Alcohol

In episode two, hosts Paula and Mark lift the lid on drugs and alcohol in the family, addressing everything from experimenting with it, dealing it to others and where to get help, with guest speakers Sarah and Iain.

Sarah Brighton is the CEO of Hope UK, a national charity that has been equipping young people to make drug-free choices for more than 170 years.

Iain Macpherson is a fire fighter and builder. As a teenager he became heavily involved in a lifestyle that centred around drugs and alcohol but, with his parents’ support, he emerged and became a parent himself. Iain is married to Annie, and they have three children.

Episode 3

Aggression and violence

In the third episode, hosts Paula and Mark shed light on gangs, knife crime and physical violence inside and outside the home, with specialist advice from Nathan and Sabrina Dennis.

Nathan Dennis is a Youth & Community Consultant and founder of the First Class Foundation, which engages and supports young people who have traditionally been deemed hard to reach.

Sabrina Dennis is a community engagement specialist, CEO of the First Class Foundation and founder of Kitchen Table Talks, an innovative service that empowers parents, young people and their families.

Helpful resources

The 5 love languages of teenagers


Left To Their Own Devices




Event information

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