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Support and Information for Parents, Carers and Family

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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.

Online Safety 

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

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Exams

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

 

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.

 

Money

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

 

Help and advice for parents

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

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.

Mental Health

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

 

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

Guide for parents who are coping with their child’s self-harm produced in association with Young Minds, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of General Practitioners

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

The NSPCC's guide to self-harm explains 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

Suicide is a leading cause of death for young people in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

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.

 

 

Sex

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

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

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

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.

 

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.