Parenting and Families
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Umbrella group for the voluntary sector operating in England. Ensures the safety and well-being of children through the voluntary sector’s contribution. Provides information and consultation, and represents the views of its member organisations to central, regional and local government. The website has a very useful wide range of links to its numerous member websites.
Provides social work support and grants to some of the poorest families. Helps children to have fun and excitement, lone parents to make friends, and those with mental illness to rebuild their lives.
A centre of expertise on families, parenting and daycare in the UK, the Trust carries out research and policy work and works to inform policymakers and public debate, develops practice resources to promote the well-being of families and manages the network of local Family Information Services.
Find your local Family Information Service:
Provides information and support to parents and carers of either sex. Is chiefly concerned with maintaining a child’s relationship with both parents following family breakdown.
Offers a range of services for lone parent families throughout England and Wales: a telephone helpline, membership, training and learning opportunities, free publications and campaigning work.
Trains volunteer parents to provide support to parents and carers who are struggling and looking after at least one child under five. Home-Start is available in nearly all parts of the UK. You can find your local Home-Start through the website.
Works to raise the profile of support kinship carers in their homes and communities, giving advice and helping them work through problems to find the best way forward; connect carers together in national community and network of local support groups; help professionals understand kinship families and improve support for them. And through our research and campaigns, make sure kinship care is understood and government knows what changes are needed.
Advice and Information: 0300 123 7015
(Open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 2pm.)
Promotes safe child contact through child contact centres. These are places where children of separated families can spend time with parents and other family members when there are no other viable options.
Promotes the just treatment of families by the prison system; provides a nationwide network of support services to prisoners’ families; offers a helpline to anyone with a relative or friend in prison in England or Wales.
Helpline: 0808 808 2003
(Open Monday – Friday 9am-8pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm.)
Online parenting organisation providing help and support on all aspects of family life. Links to local Netmums sites provide information and support in your area.
Provides the UK information centre on fatherhood through newsletters, training information, policy updates, research summaries and guides.
Pact is a national charity which supports people affected by imprisonment. They provide practical and emotional support to prisoners’ children and families and to prisoners themselves.
Pact provides services in 50 prisons across England and Wales. This includes Family Support Caseworkers, Visitors’ Centres, children’s play, tea bars, relationship and children’s educational courses and resettlement projects.
Freephone Helpline: 0808 808 2003
(Monday – Friday 9am – 8pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3pm)
SPAN is an organisation aiming to empower one parent families throughout the UK. It provides on-line services to single parents through a dedicated website.