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Oxfordshire Parenting Forum
is Oxfordshire's premier charity promoting quality parenting provision,  training, supervision and coordination. 


We continue to pride ourselves on being a centre of excellence and we're pleased that you’ve decided to visit us - please browse our site to discover more about us.

We have an impressive history of supporting families and practitioners, and are one of the first organisations to champion 'father's work' (see SOME OF OUR PROJECTS) as well as supporting and valuing the role of 'Grandparents'.  ALL carers of children are incredibly important and we strongly believe that this work should continue.

We hold resources and expertise to aid you in your work with parents and supervision is available at very little cost from the most experienced practitioners which we have links with via our QUALITY TASK GROUP.

Whilst we still have a small pot of funds;

Our SMALL GRANTS section will show you how to apply for a grant from us to help with your intended parenting intervention - this fund is depleting rapidly so please don't delay.

Remember to take a look at our NEWS page in order to find links to latest events that we've been informed of and if you've any of your own we'd be happy to hear about them.

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Who We Are

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Our Patrons


Professor Sir Tim Brighouse graduated from St Catherine’s   College, Oxford, with a degree in history, followed by two years’ training  at Norham Gardens. He began his career teaching in   grammar and secondary modern schools, becoming a deputy head at the age of 26. He later became Deputy in the ILEA and was the Chief Education Officer in Oxfordshire for ten years. He went on to become Professor of Education at Keele University, where he founded the Centre for Successful Schools. He was Commissioner for London Schools from 2002-2007, during which time he led the London Challenge. In 1996 he founded the University of the First Age, a Birmingham-based national charity that enriches and extends learning opportunities for young people aged 5-25. He was awarded an honorary degree from the Open University as Doctor of the University in 1997, and an honorary degree from the Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln as Doctor of the University College in 2009. He was knighted in the 2009 New Year Honours. He is a Fellow at Norham Gardens, where he lectures and researches on school improvement, educational policy (especially affecting schools), teaching and learning. He is also the author of several books. With our grateful thanks Professor Sir Tim Brighouse RIP 2024


Rosie Hill’s first step into the parenting world was as a struggling lone parent with two children at primary school. The parenting class she attended then changed her life and since then she has been committed to disseminating to the wider community the valuable things she learned. For several years she ran classes for parents through Community Education centres in Oxfordshire, then in 2000 she got a job as Parenting Officer for the Youth Offending Team and set up the Oxfordshire Parent-Talk project to support parents of at-risk teenagers. She developed and published the Take 3 parenting programme to meet the needs of this project and she now spends her time training other professionals around the UK to use the Take 3 materials. She also works freelance as a supervisor and trainer, and on a one-to-one basis with parents of teenagers.


Dr John Coleman is a psychologist recognized for his pioneering work in the field of adolescence. He graduated from McGill University in Montreal, completed a PhD at University College, London, in 1966 and trained as a clinical psychologist at Middlesex Hospital before taking up the post of Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the London Hospital Medical College in 1967. In 1983 he launched the Sussex Youth Trust, which provides  accommodation for disturbed teenagers, and in 1989 he founded the Trust for the Study of Adolescence (now Young People in Focus), where he was director until his retirement in 2005. He was Policy Advisor at the Department of Health from 2005-6, and is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Education at Oxford University. He has written widely on the subject of children and adolescence, his most recent publications being Why Won’t My Teenager Talk to Me? (Routledge, 2014), which formed the basis for an OPF seminar in 2014.


Annette Mountford was the Chief Executive of Family Links from 1997-2015. Before that she worked as a Health Visitor for thirteen years, and then combined her experience in health, education and parenthood to introduce the Nurturing Programme (NP) to the UK in 1992. The NP promotes emotional literacy, and emotional and mental health. She has led the Family Links team in adapting the Nurturing Programme (NP) to meet national curriculum standards and in anglicising the NP for parent groups in the community, for schools and prisons, with Muslim parents and for parents of teenagers. She helped create the Parenting Puzzle book for parents. Annette developed a national training programme for practitioners working with parents and children in education, health and the community. She has written an ante-natal NP which is now being rolled out nationally. She received an MBE for her work in 2002.

Our trustees

Rachel Hills


 I retired from Oxfordshire’s Family Solution Service in 2022 where I was the Lead Practitioner for the Rose Hill Early Help Team.

My role including offering individual support for families and regularly delivering parenting courses including Take 3 and Family Links.

I regularly worked in partnership with Aspire offering Family Links and Talking Teens to parents, mainly fathers with an offending background.

I qualified as a Youth and Community worker in 1990 and worked in both city and rural settings in Oxfordshire in support of young people and their families until the closure of this service.  I was also a tutor for 5 years on the Youth and Community Work degree at Ruskin College, Oxford and hold a PGCTHE and a diploma in counselling.

Throughout my career I have been concerned with the effect that social inequality and poverty has on families and their communities and the need to help build community cohesion and family strength.  I am committed to supporting care givers in respecting and nurturing their children and young people by drawing on community and family strengths and offering parenting skills and strategies.


Elizabeth Troup

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Kathy Peto

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Lesley Williams


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Small Grants

At the core of our service is the promotion of quality parenting and as part of this we aim to assist you in covering the cost of parenting groups and in some circumstances, work with individual parents.

Please see the two separate documents further down in this section


Small Grants Application Form for Assistance with One-to-One Parenting Work

Use this form to apply for up to £300

We regret that small grants are 'on hold' until we find funding

Small Grants Application Form for Assistance with Group Parenting work

Use this form to apply for up to £500

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 Oxfordshire 'What's On' in the world of Parenting...

OPF is currently in the process of developing a network for all those charities, organisations and agencies in the voluntary sector who are providing support of various kinds to parents and carers within Oxfordshire.

If you are interested in joining the network please contact us via the form just below and we will get back to you without delay 

Read the document we have created through this below - 

If you are interested in hearing from one of our colleagues, who could offer you a free phone call, if you are struggling at home with children -               


PEEPLE are looking for experienced parenting practitioners to be trained in and provide their 'Learning Together' programme Nationally.

Please contact Sally Smith

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