The Children And Parents Service (CAPS)
What is CAPS?
CAPS runs across Manchester, offering help to pre-school children and their families. The service aims to intervene at an early stage to prevent or help with young children’s behaviour problems, and help them and their families to be the best they can be.
Programmes offered through CAPs include:
Incredible Years Parent Programmes
Incredible Years Parent Programmes are well proven to effectively prevent and treat behaviour problems in young children. All CAPS staff are accredited parent group leaders to ensure great outcomes for children. There are two kinds of Incredible Years programmes:
- Incredible Years Preschool: 14 week parent programme for parents of children aged 2-4 years of age to prevent and treat behavior problems.
- Incredible Years ‘You and Your Incredible Baby’: 10 week parent programme for parents of 0-1 year olds to promote positive relationships and attachment between parents and their babies.
Video Interaction Guidance
Video Interaction Guidance is used to develop good relationships and attachment between parents and their children. All CAPS staff are accredited to make sure that parents and children get the most out of this approach.
Pre-school Psychology Clinics
Our clinics offer assessment for 0-4 year olds to identify appropriate interventions, including both Incredible Years Parent Programmes and Video Interaction Guidance.
How can I access CAPS?
Parents and children access our CAPS by being referred by a health professional, such as a health visitor, GP or midwife.
Information for referrers
There is a 12 week window prior to start of a Incredible Years Parent Programme during which referrals are accepted by telephone. Applications for the course will then be completed at a jointly arranged outreach visit with the family, the referrer and CAPS course leader. A list of courses and further information about the referral process is available here. For information about upcoming CAPS courses, please contact 0161 227 9960.
Get in touch
North CAPS Team
Tel: 0161 203 3263
Fax: 0161 203 3253
Central CAPS Team:
140 Raby Street
Tel: 0161 227 9960
Fax: 0161 227 9964
South CAPS Team:
Carol Kendrick Centre
Tel: 0161 902 3423
Fax: 0161 902 3450
Head of CAPS Early Intervention
Dr Caroline White, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Tel: 0161 203 3263
CAPS is a partnership between the NHS, Manchester City Council, Family Action, Banardo’s & Big Life.