About Us

Approachable Parenting provides pre -marriage and marriage education, parenting for Muslim families from pregnancy to 18 years and relationship coaching. We also provide training for professionals on how to best engage with Muslim families. We work with parents to support them in having a positive impact on the family structure. Our work has a direct influence in developing the characteristics of the family, empowering parents and improving the confidence, emotional well-being and behaviour of the next generation.

Approachable Parenting was established in response to the needs of Muslim families living in the UK. We offer a variety of services and courses, which link modern Psychological theory and coaching techniques to the Muslim faith. Approachable Parenting provides:

  • Pre-marriage workshops
  • Marriage guidance workshops and courses
  • Parenting workshops
  • Parenting programmes suitable for the whole family from pregnancy to 18 years
  • 1 2 1 parenting coaching support

We deliver our services mainly to Muslim families as well as training and support to organisations who work with Muslim families. Approachable Parenting have a successful train the trainer course to enable suitably qualified professionals to become licenced trainers and also gain the PTLLS (teaching) qualification. Approachable Parenting provides a unique service where individuals and parents are invited to explore problems, learn knowledge, skills and techniques to improve their own development, understanding of themselves and others in a safe environment.



Social Enterprise West Midlands Award – Highly Commended Social Enterprise potential and a Highly Commended Social Enterprise professional.   www.youtube.com/socialenterprisewm

Maarya Abwat-Johnson

Maarya Abwat-Johnson, Approachable Parenting receiving the award on behalf of Dr Hanan Hussein


 Kathleen Roche-Nagi receiving a Highly Commended award on behalf of Approachable Parenting

The Five Pillars of Parenting programme has been evaluated by the National Academy of Parenting Practitioners and the National Academy of Parenting Research, Kings College London.



This programme is an evidenced based programme, endorsed by Department of Education.


We are one of the first organisations to be assessed for the new quality mark standard for parenting programmes by CANparenting.



Kathleen at the Buckingham Palace Garden Party on 6 June 2013 to afternoon tea with the Queen

faith in family

Parenting-Faith in family Document Every Child Journal Parenting Faith in the family Parenting programmes are all the rage at the moment. But why do they fail to take into account the cultural reality of life in Britain today?

GDPR Compliance Statement

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) came into force across the European Union on 25th May 2018 and brought with it the most significant changes to data protection law in two decades. Based on privacy by design and taking a risk-based approach, the GDPR has been designed to meet the requirements of the digital age.

The 21st Century brings with it broader use of technology, new definitions of what constitutes personal data, and a vast increase in cross-border processing. The new Regulation aims to standardize data protection laws and processing across the EU; affording individuals stronger, more consistent rights to access and control their personal information.

Our Commitment

Approachable Parenting are committed to ensuring the security and protection of the personal information that we process, and to provide a compliant and consistent approach to data protection. We have always had a robust and effective data protection program in place which complies with existing law and abides by the data protection principles. However, we recognise our obligations in updating and expanding this program to meet the demands of the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018.

Approachable Parenting are dedicated to safeguarding the personal information under our remit and in developing a data protection regime that is effective, fit for purpose and demonstrates an understanding of, and appreciation for the new Regulation. Our preparation and objectives for GDPR compliance have been summarised in this statement and include the development and implementation of new data protection roles, policies, procedures, controls and measures to ensure maximum and ongoing compliance.

How we have prepared for the GDPR

 Approachable Parenting already have a consistent level of data protection and security across our organization, however it was our aim to be fully compliant with the GDPR by 25th May 2018.

To comply with the law, information must be collected and used fairly, stored safely and not disclosed to any other person unlawfully.  To do this, Approachable Parenting must follow the eight data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 2018, which are summarised below:

  1. Personal data must be obtained and processed fairly and lawfully
  2. Data can only be collected and used for specific purposes
  3. Data must be adequate, relevant and not excessive
  4. Data must be accurate and up to date
  5. Data must not be held longer than necessary
  6. Data subjects’ rights must be respected
  7. Data must be kept safe from unauthorised access, accidental loss or damage
  8. Special rules apply to transfer abroad

Note: ‘personal data’ is information about identifiable, living individuals held on computer or in most manual filing systems. Approachable Parenting workers, board members and volunteers who process or use any personal information in the course of their duties must ensure that these principles are followed at all times. In order to ensure that this happens, Approachable Parenting has drawn up the following policy.  There are two main groups to accommodate within the policy:

  1. Members/clients
  2. Workers/board members/volunteers

Note: the data controller Approachable Parenting as a body is the data controller under the act, and is ultimately responsible or the policy’s implementation. Personal data relating to members/clients


Approachable Parenting obtains personal data (such as names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses) from members/clients.  This data is obtained, stored and processed solely to assist staff and volunteers in the efficient running of the service requested by the clients/members.  Personal details supplied by the clients/members are only used to send them material that is considered potentially useful.


During initial contact with the client/member it will be explained how their personal information will be used.  Written consent is not requested as it is assumed that consent has been granted when a person freely giving their own details.

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Approachable Parenting
Innovation Development Centre
22-28 George Street, Balsall Heath
Birmingham B12 9RG - UK

Phone: 0121-773 8643
Email: info@approachableparenting.org.uk
Approachable Parenting are partnered with Islamic Relief to help deliver our parenting courses