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On this page we've included links and to websites and services that parents, families and carers can use to support children and young people in their care.

Alcohol

You may think your children will encounter alcohol whatever you do, so what’s the point of talking about alcohol? These tips from the Alcohol Education Trust will help you approach the issue of drinking with your children.

Alcohol Education Trust - June 2017 Newsletter

Bullying

Ditch the Label - Masculinity - Its time to talk to your boys. The moment a guy shows any sign of emotional vulnerability, he is often confronted with comments or insults telling him to “man up”, “stop being a girl” or to “stop crying”. It is no surprise then, that from an early age the ways in which guys process stressful and traumatic situations, such as bullying for example, is vastly different to that of a girl.

 

 

Bullying on Snapchat - Cyberbullying has become a serious issue with todays teens and children.

 

 

 

 DfE - Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying

 

Counselling

If your child needs counselling, it doesn't mean you've failed.

Life is a struggle for many children and young people in today’s world. Thousands of parents and carers contact us to get support for their child. You’re not alone.

Many children and young people find that being able to speak confidentially to a counsellor who isn’t in their close circle of friends and family, can really help. This is where TIC+ comes in. Our counsellors are qualified professionals who are experienced at working with children and young people. They care about what they do and want the best outcome for your child. They will not judge you or anyone in your family. Click on the logo for more

Depression 

A Parents Guide to Depression; contains a summarised list of warning signs, advice and links to agencies for further support if you suspect that your child may be suffering from depression. The information explains how a referral should progress from initial enquiry to treatment. It is important to note that isolated symptoms or signs should not be taken out of context. If you have any concerns please call 111.

Eating Disorders

If your child develops an eating disorder, you may feel unsure how to help and how to act around them. The NHS Choices website offers advice to parents.

 

Equality

How to Raise a Feminist Son - The New York Times We raise our girls to fight stereotypes and pursue their dreams, but we don't do the same for our boys.

 

Exams

Helping your child through exams - this BBC guide will help you support your child through the stress of revision and exams.

 

 

Help and advice for parents

 

 

Young Minds Parents Helpline is a free helpline offering confidential, expert advice.

 

 

Immunisation

As part of our health promotion campaign, addressing Gloucestershire's declining rates of the two pre-school booster vaccinations, please take a look & share these 2 promotional videos:

   

 

Parenting UK is the membership body for parenting support and education. It exists to achieve better parenting by raising awareness of parenting issues and improving the performance of the parenting workforce.

Parent Zone is devoted to providing expert information to families and schools, focussing on the impact of digital technologies on families.

Parent Info is a collaboration between CEOP and Parent Zone providing information, resources and training for parents and those who work with them.

Thinkuknow for Parents Get Advice - Planning to talk to your child about sex, relationships and their lives online can be tricky. Find lots of advice about these complex areas here.

 

 

Mental Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of our 'You're never too young to talk mental health' campaign we have produced a new resource for parents and carers to help start the difficult conversation.

Click on the image to access these resources.

There is more related content and a fantastic video halfway down the page!

 

MindEd - click for a comprehensive resource centre aimed at parents coping with their children in all walks of their lives.

 

My Mum's got a Dodgy Brain from ForMed Films on Vimeo.

A film for children made by children who have a parent with a mental health problem, made in collaboration with Devon Partnership NHS trust.

Money

A practical teenage survival guide to living in one of the most competitive consumer economies in the world from MoneySavingExpert.com

 

Online Safety 

How a digital 5 a day can help children lead healthy online lives:

A campaign aimed at parents who can encourage their children to enjoy the online world without being totally consumed by it. The campaign, Digital 5 A Day, is based on the NHS’s evidence-based five steps to mental well-being, and gives children and parents practical steps to achieve a balanced digital diet. The five elements of a good digital diet are: *connect, *be active, *get creative, *give to others, *be mindful.

 

Childnet offers a list of resources you can access for free which provide information and advice for parents about internet safety.

Inappropriate content: The internet is a big place. Kids can use it to learn, be creative and make friends. But there's a lot on the internet that they shouldn't see. When a child searches online, they may not always find the innocent results they were after. Click here to see videos on how to set parental controls.

GetSafeOnline offers guidance and simple checklists to help you keep your kids safe online according to their age group. 

The UK Safer Internet Centre offers e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.

Think U Know helps you protect your children from abuse online- Play, Like, Share a new 3-episode animation for 8-10 year olds to help them learn how to spot pressuring and manipulative behaviour online and to stay safe from other risks they might encounter online

NSPCC FREE Workshops for Parents - we want to help every family in the UK talk about and understand their children's online world and help keep them safe.

Your guide to the social networks your kids use from Net Aware - stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world.

 

 

What's the problem? - The internet, mobile phones, portable tablets and internet enabled gaming devices have become an integral part of everyday social and working lives. Our children are experiencing the World Wide Web from a young age and although these advances in technology offer a wealth of opportunity, they can also pose risks to our children. This guide is designed to answer some of the immediate questions you may have after learning about something that is happening in your child's online life. This is resource from The Lucy Faithfull Foundation. You can call their helpline on 0808 1000 900 and speak to an operator in complete confidence and anonymity. 

 

Relationships

Relate offers help with family life and parentingYou might be a parent worried about your child's behaviour or how a divorce may impact on your family, or you might be part of step-family and need help adjusting, or you may be arguing with parents or siblings and need support communicating with each other. 

 

Self harm

Coping with Self-Harm - A Guide for Parents and Carers developed by researchers at the University of Oxford.  Includes information on the nature and causes of self-harm, how to support a young person when facing this problem and what help is available. 

Family Lives offers a guide to understanding self-harm, practical suggestions and links to further support. 

The NSPCC's guide to self-harm find out how to spot the signs and what you can do to help.

Understanding Young Minds is a free resource pack which includes a poster, an infographic, an email footer, an image to share on social media and a website banner.

 

 

Suicide

Know the Signs: information on suicide and self-harm for parents from the Samaritans

Papyrus is a national charity for the prevention of young suicide.

 

A registered charity which has been running a crisis centre since 2013. Providing face to face support to people who are at risk of suicide, we are totally independent. We know from speaking with families that the inquest can be a daunting prospect. Families can get support on how to cope after suicide, when it can get very confusing with so many unanswered questions.

 

Sex

A Parents Guide To Talking With Your Teenager About Sex - a 40 page book with handy hints and practical pointers available to buy online.

Parent-Child Communication: Promoting Sexually Healthy Youth is a publication about sex education and communication, available in a variety of languages

Supporting Positive Sexual Behaviour -  have conversations with a child about what positive sexual activity involves. Start having these conversations as early as your child learns about sex.

Talking to your teenager about sex - NHS choices offers a few ideas on how to start the conversation. 

Girls go along with sex acts, says teacher  A 24 year old secondary school teacher tells the BBC she's shocked by the stories she hears from her teenage pupils. (BBC News - Family & Education 05/10/17)

Are children turning to pornography to educate themselves about sex?  Are boys coercing girls to do things they later regret?

 

 

 

 

 

Transgender

If you are a parent with a child who feels at odds with their birth gender, or you want to learn more about gender dysphoria or transgender, cross gender and non-binary gender issues, the Mermaids website offers advice and a confidential parents forum.

Gendered Intelligence

Gendered Intelligence (www.genderedintelligence.co.uk) is a community interest company that delivers arts programmes and creative workshops to young trans people from across the UK. We facilitate workshops to trans and non-trans young people within schools, colleges and other settings- in order to generate discussion and debate around gender, and the ways in which it presents challenges in our everyday lives. Our aim is to promote multiple and diverse expressions of gender identities in all aspects of young people’s lives. Click the title above for the whole article

To read the report aimed at Family Members of Trans Gender Children Click Here

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