Parents’ Week

A massive thank you to everyone for backing the Every Child is a Star Campaign! From all of us at Parenting NI

Parenting NI Staff

Parenting NI Board of Trustees                                Parenting NI Parents Reference Group

Parents' Week 2017 : Every Child is a STAR

Every October, we celebrate Parents' Week to highlight the important role parents play in their children's lives. This year the theme is "Every Child is a Star" and will take place between the 23rd - 27th October. The campaign will focus on four key elements:


Providing parents with support to strengthen relationships


Encouraging parents to be more confident in talking about feelings & emotions


Raising awareness of the importance of resilience


Giving parents the tools to help build their children's resilience

How we celebrated...

We had a great week kicking off with our Risk to Resilience event in City Hall with Robin Balbernie. The session with practitioners looked at the impact childhood adversity and early intervention being important to support parents. 

The event looked explored how Infant Mental Health is a relationship based science and the need for a trauma informed approach. 

For event attendees you can find Robin's slides from the event in the sidebar or at the bottom of the page if you are accessing this on mobile.

Following the event we were delighted to have Belfast City Hall turned purple for the evening to celebrate the launch of the week! 


Family Events

It was fantastic to be able to host two family fun events thanks to funding from the Northern Childcare Partnership. We teamed up with Mini Explorers to host two mornings with families in Ballymena and Magherafelt. 

Children had the opportunity to explore emotion based play activities through unique sensory experiences. Mini explorers experienced sounds, lights and bubbles whilst enjoying hands on activities promoting positive mental wellbeing through carefully planned play areas. The sensory dark den was very popular to stimulate little babies and also inclusive for children with additional needs. 

Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister also opened up City Hall to families to launch their first ever parents and tots event. As one of the Lord Mayor's charities for the year, Parenting NI was delighted to be involved with this initiative. You can watch the video below for more information.

 Who Supported the Campaign?

Parenting NI was delighted at the amount of support the campaign received and especially pleased to have cross party support for our parents and children. The hashtag was lively on Twitter throughout the week with all political parties on board and recognising that parental support ensures the best outcome for children and young people. 

It was also great to have the support from Q Radio's Ibe Sesay and Ireland and Ulster Captain Rory Best.