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We provide advice to parents, grandparents, relatives, friends and kinship carers who are involved with children’s services in England or need their help. We can help you understand processes and options when social workers or courts are making decisions about your child’s welfare.

Our advice service is free, independent and confidential.

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By phone or email

To speak to an adviser, please call our free and confidential advice line 0808 801 0366 (Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm, excluding Bank Holidays). Or you can ask us a question via email using our advice enquiry form.

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Our online advice forums are an anonymous space where parents and kinship carers (also known as family and friends carers) can get legal and practical advice, build a support network and learn from other people’s experiences.

Advice on our website

Our get help and advice section describes the processes that you and your family are likely to go through, so that you know what to expect. Our webchat service can help you find the information and advice on our website which will help you understand the law and your rights.

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About this service

Pause works with women who have experienced and are at risk of repeated pregnancies that result in children needing to be removed from their care. Pause works directly with women, so that no woman should ever have to experience the removal of a child more than once. We offer an intensive, 18-month voluntary programme of support. We work systemically and build a trusting relationship with the woman and her network. We work at the woman’s pace and she decides what areas she would like to focus on. The woman works with her allocated practitioner to build a bespoke package of support.

This service is available for birth families in

Sunderland

Who is the service for?

  • The child’s birth mother (or pregnant mother)

At what point in the adoption process is support available? When adoption is:

  • Has taken place

What support is available?

  • Advocacy support to help birth family members get their views across when dealing with children’s services and other official agencies
  • Support groups for birth families affected by adoption
  • Support for birth family members to access adoption records and information held by children’s services or another adoption agency

Where is support available?

  • In person, at a flexible location, such as your home
  • Over the phone

How to access the service?

  • Contact us directly if you want support (this is also known as self-referral)

How much support is available?

  • The service can provide support for the following duration: 18 months

Key details about the service

  • One-to-one support is available at this service
  • Additional support for people with disabilities, including learning difficulties and learning disabilities, is available at this service
  • Confidential interpreters or translation services are available at this service

Has the service been independently evaluated, with input from family members who have used the service?

Yes, the evaluation is online at: https://www.pause.org.uk/our-impact/
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