Welcome to the Solihull Approach

An exciting, well-established model that really works!

We're all about emotional health and well-being.

What we do

For practitioners

Find out about how we support emotional health and well-being in the early years and upto adulthood through our trainings and resource packs. Share in a Forum discussion. Hear about the Solihull Approach in use. Sign in to register your group or your data returns or without a sign in, register a group or a data return.

For commissioners

Find out about how we support emotional health and well-being at a population level or in particular sectors. Read about our research. Hear about large scale implementations of the Solihull Approach. See more about our online courses. Find out about our cascadable trainings.

For parents

Award winning online courses about being a parent. Free downloads. All at Ourplace.

For schools

Find out about our offer for schools:
our whole school training, 2 hour workshop for parents, parenting groups, online courses for parents.

For antenatal teams

Find out about how we support emotional health and well-being antenatally through our antenatal group for parents, our online antenatal course for parents and our Solihull Approach training for practitioners. Practical resource e.g. Stages of Labour Display Chart, now available in the shop.

For employers

Contact us for info about well-being at work.

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The First Five Years

A comprehensive manual for those working with the under 5's. Now available as an e version as well as a paper version.

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Whole school training

For all staff, from the teachers to the governors. Read the latest research on the SA in schools.

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Course for foster carers

Used as a popular core training for foster carers. Provides a foundation course; highly rated by foster carers.  

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Research and development

Parenting group

Bateson, Delaney and Pybus (2006) quantitative research on the effectiveness of the Solihull Approach parenting group.

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Download a list, read a summary of Alan Dolan's 2013 qualitative paper on fathers' experiences, access full articles.

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Parents' experiences

Johnson and Wilson (2012) evaluated 200 parents' experiences of being in a Solihull Approach group.

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What's going on

**New research published: Douglas, H. and Bateson, K. (2017) A service evaluation of the Solihull Approach Antenatal Parenting Group: integrating childbirth information with support for the fetal-parent relationship. Evidence Based Midwifery 15 (1) 14-19.**Extra resources now available in the shop for running antenatal groups.** Resource packs available in both a print version and an e version. **Thelwell, E., Rheeston, M and Douglas, H. (2017) Exploring breastfeeding peer supporters’ experiences of using the Solihull Approach model. British Journal of Midwifery. 25(10), pp 639-646. **Research. Johnson, R. (2018) 'Improvements in parenting achieved with innovative online programme: Preliminary evaluation of ‘Understanding Your Child – Online’ (UYC-OL) – A Solihull Approach course for parents and carers'. Educational and Child Psychology 35(1), pp 40-50.**Online course for parents 'Understanding your child' now available in English and Urdu.**RCT published. Douglas, H. and Johnson, R. (2019). The Solihull Approach 10-week programme: a randomised controlled trial. Community Practitioner, 9 (7), 45-47. Significant results in line with the other research papers.

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For practitioners and trainers

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