SRF Program

  • Empowering Parents Empowering Communities (EPEC)

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: Partnerships with families, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement.

    Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.


    EPEC is a community-based prevention and early intervention program to improve:
    • children's social, emotional and behavioural development, language and communication and readiness for school
    • parenting, parents' confidence and knowledge
    • family resilience
    • community and social capital.
    • service access and family engagement.

    EPEC BaP groups were developed in the UK and operate successfully in Australia. BaP groups provide easy access, evidence-based, community parenting support. Its innovative approach means that communities and services work together to improve children's outcomes. Trained and certified local parents lead manualised BaP parenting groups that are supervised and quality assured by parenting practitioners.

    Options available through this funding program include:

    • offering BaP groups to local parents
    • building your local BaP capacity through training and supporting  your local parents to lead BaP in your centre
    • becoming a new EPEC BaP Hub for your local area.

    Services should get in contact with the Centre for Community and Child Health directly to discuss the option of setting up an EPEC BaP group in their area.

    Detailed Costs

    Cost of offering BaP groups to local parents in and around the Brimbank and Hume regions: $2,000 per parent.

    Cost of having local parents trained and supervised to lead BaP in a service: $8,000 for two practitioners (minimum)

    Cost to develop a new EPEC BaP Hub for your local area: Approximately $50,000 over two years for a coordinated regional approach to implement an EPEC hub that can service a number of sites.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: parents of children aged two to 12 years.

    Program/practice descriptions and details: EPEC parenting and parent facilitator courses can be offered to groups of eight to 12 parents.

    EPEC Hubs organise and provide EPEC parenting courses. The Hubs are led by Hub co-ordinators who are responsible for:
    • organising EPEC parent courses in accessible locations
    • recruiting and retaining parent group leaders
    • facilitating EPEC Parent Group Leader training
    • observing and supervising EPEC group leaders’ practice
    • fostering a supportive and motivating environment
    • providing ongoing learning, development and reflection workshops for parent group leaders
    • managing on-going EPEC course outcome evaluation and quality assurance reviews.
    EPEC uses a peer-led approach, so parents are trained to teach other parents. Each local EPEC site gets training, support and expertise from the national EPEC team, which ensures program fidelity and quality.

    Program adaptability: the program was developed in the UK but can be adapted to different local communities. Courses can be offered in different locations depending on the needs of the community.

    There are exisiting BaP groups in the Brimbank and Hume regions. For services outside of these regions the Centre for Community and Child Health can discuss the option of co-ordinating set-up of a new BaP group for your area.

    Factors to consider: services may be able to identify a number of families who would benefit from this program. If this is the case, services could consider contacting the provider directly to organise training for families in the service. Educators should ensure a partnership approach with families to ensure child outcomes and strategies are consistent between the home and service environment.​

    Australian experience: EPEC has been implemented in Australia in two Victorian communities with culturally diverse families.

    Strength of Evidence

    Promising research evidence

    3 stars out of 5