Raising Teens – Off Script

Since 1988, Care for the Family, a Christian initiative has sought to promote strong family life and help those who face family difficulties. They focus primarily on marriage, parenting, and bereavement.

Motivated by their Christian faith, ethos, and compassion, they are committed to supporting families of all faiths or none, with outstanding services and resources and support that are preventative, evidence based and easy to apply.

Tayside Christian Fellowship would like to advise parents of teens, of a free online event which might be helpful, perhaps especially following the COVID pandemic.  If you think this information would be useful to someone you know, please pass on these details, and encourage them to book.

Most parents are well aware that sex and pornography are no longer hidden temptations that can only be found behind curtain-concealed rooms at Blockbuster.  For our children, the accessibility of porn has become so easy, it can happen inadvertently.  Though other children may look out of curiosity or for pleasure, some may develop an addiction.  As their parents or carers, trying to navigate our children through this minefield can feel terrifying.

So, for any parent worried about their teenage child, or for those wanting to prepare themselves for the tough times ahead, we’ve created a brand-new programme called Raising Teens – Off Script.  This three-part series gets down to the true grittiness of parenting. In the pilot episode, Sex and Pornography, our experts discuss what we can do if our teenagers are viewing porn, sleeping around, become pregnant, or even have underage sex.

Other topics covered in the series include Drugs and Alcohol and Aggression and Violence.  While these topics may sound heavy, we know there are many parents out there feeling alone in their struggle to help their teenagers back onto the right path.  If that’s you, we want to offer you hope that your children are not lost, but that they can indeed have a bright future.

The Speakers

Paula Pridham

Paula Pridham is the executive director at Care for the Family, she oversees our support work for parents, couples and those bereaved. Paula has represented the charity in a number of national forums and consultations on family life, such as Occupational Standards for Parent Support Workers and the RSE curriculum for schools. Paula is married to Tom and lives in South Wales.

Mark Chester

Mark Chester is the founder of Who Let The Dads Out? and Care for the Family’s parent support manager. He has written books about fatherhood and football, spent time as chaplain for Liverpool FC and has spoken to thousands of people across the world. He has two adult children and lives with his wife, Su, near Liverpool.

Jason Royce

Jason Royce has over twenty years’ experience of work in education, youth, and community settings. He is currently running a youth organisation called Souster Youth, and he helps parents navigate the tough challenges of raising kids today. Jason lives in the East Midlands with his wife Katy and their son Jesse.

Karin Cooke

Karin Cooke’s professional background is as a childcare social worker and she currently runs a personal life coaching business specifically supporting women in leadership. She is also the author of Dangerous Honesty, a book looking at the impact of pornography on women. Karin has been married for thirty-four years and has three adult children.

You’ll come away with …

A sense that you’re not alone and a hope to keep going.  Strategies for getting through each day.  A feeling of being understood and supported, and a knowledge of where to find that support.  Ideas on how to relieve the pressure and a realisation that you’re not a failure, but that you’re doing the best you can.

Is it for you?

This series is for any parent worried about their teenager, but is particularly aimed at those parents facing more extreme challenges with their child. If you’re feeling utterly helpless and like you can’t face another day, we believe you’ll find this series incredibly helpful. For others, it will help you prepare for tough times that may come along in the future. We want you to know you’re not in this alone.

Future Episodes

Episode 2: Drugs and Alcohol

This episode will address everything from experimenting with it, to dealing it to others and where to get help.


Episode 3: Aggression and Violence

This session will tackle gangs, knife crime and physical violence towards family members and others.