FINANCE: A project working with children with emotional and behavioural issues has been awarded over £8,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, East Sussex Healthcare Trust has announced.

The “Power On” project will see nine family support health practitioners in East Sussex use iPads to film short interactions between parents and their children at home. The footage is then edited and played back to the family so they can reflect on the positive behaviours they provide.

The practitioners will work with between 20 and 30 families at a time for up to 12 weeks and provide a therapeutic service, using play and role modelling to support families and encourage positive parenting.

The £8,430 funding awarded by the Big Lottery Fund will pay for the purchase of the iPads, training for the staff and supervision.

Trust public health specialist Tracey Baldock-Apps said: “Issues in the families that the team works with often stem from a parent’s own experience of being parented as a child. 

“Being able to film the families at home and then show them the footage will give parents the chance to reflect and consider their strengths and the impact their behaviour has on their children.”