Julie London, Triple P Coordinator, made a deputation to Belleville City Council on July 8th. The purpose of her visit was to inform City Councillors about the Triple P Positive Parenting Program, why our residents need it and next steps. Julie explained that Triple P offers multi levels of support and education, based on varying needs of parents, whether they have an infant who does not sleep or a teenager who is in trouble with the law. It is free and evidence-based.
“Triple P is a large-scale, long-term solution that gets to the bottom of many social problems.” Julie stated that throughout the world, parenting education has been shown to:
◊ increase children’s self-esteem and confidence;
◊ create engaged, emotionally stable youth;
◊ decrease child apprehension;
◊ reduce bullying;
◊ decrease high school drop-out rates;
◊ decrease teen pregnancy;
◊ decrease crime rates, drug and alcohol use;
◊ create healthier, safer cities.
Triple P is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (68%), United Way of Quinte (22%), Quinte Children’s Foundation (9%) and the Rotary Club of Belleville (1%). In addition to this, in-kind contributions with an annual value of $180,000 come from the 80 trained practitioners from 19 partner agencies representing various service sectors who actually deliver the training. Since 2007, Triple P has helped over 3,000 parents across Hastings-Prince Edward.
Julie advised that this may be the last year to receive Child Welfare Transformation funding from the Province for Triple P. Thankfully, the 44 member Hastings & Prince Edward Children and Youth Services Network, which oversees Triple P, will be looking at sustainability in the event of funding cuts. However, Triple P needs government champions like City Councillors to help us move towards the Manitoba model which is 100% funded by the Province. Julie also encouraged Councillors to visit the Community Service Expo at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre on November 7th to learn more about Triple P and other services available to children, youth and families living in Hastings-Prince Edward.
Contact: Julie K. London, Coordinator
Phone 613-968-1144, Toll Free 1-877-968-1144