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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.


The Alcohol Education Trust - Parents Newsletter (Ed 28)

With Christmas only a few weeks, we expect your young people have started to get excited about the big day and also the school holidays! With lots of parties around, it’s an important time of year to have a chat with your children about keeping safe around alcohol. Click here to view the Autumn Term, December 2017 Parents Newsletter



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

Alcohol and you leaflet

Talk about alcohol is written and managed by a charity called The Alcohol Education Trust (AET).  The site is designed to be used by young people in a classroom setting as part of PSHE lessons on alcohol.  It is designed mainly for Key stage 3 and complements the Talk About Alcohol teacher workbook, which is full of lesson plans, games and worksheets  – It can be downloaded here


The charity provides engaging evaluated and fun activities for 11-18 year olds across the UK, trains teachers and reaches out to parents.  All our work is around keeping young people safe around alcohol. You can learn more here


The Diana Award  - Supporting Your Child If They Are Being Bullied - A Guide for Parents & Carers

Young people feel they often have to deal with bullying alone, and your child may worry that telling you will make you angry or upset. It is important that you have the tools you need to keep your child safe, happy and free from bullying.

The Anti-Bullying team has put together a guide to help you. In this guide we cover what bullying is; the effects it can have on both child and parent; the role and responsibility of your child's school; finding the right support for your child (whether bullied, bully or bystander); and effectively taking action to stand up against 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.

 DfE - Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying



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


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.



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.




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

Healthy breaks for schools









If you are unsure what to put in your child's lunchbox, the following guidelines will help you make the right healthy choices.  Click here to view the full article or visit for healthy eating advice for all the family.

Change 4 Life

On the Change4Life website there are a number of great resources with everything you need to support key healthy eating messages to children and their families. All of these resources can be used on your interactive whiteboard. Click here to visit the website.

Healthier snacks for kids 

Snack smart!

Half the sugar children are having comes from snacks and sugary drinks.

Too much sugar can lead to harmful fat building up inside and serious health problems, including painful tooth decay.

Fruit and vegetables are always the best choice, but if you're shopping for packaged snacks for your children, use this helpful tip: look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max!

Click to view the article: Snack smart, from 'change 4 life'.

Help and advice for parents



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




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.

Duchess of Cambridge to launch pilot mental health website to help primary schools support pupils   Kate will give the green light to the initiative during a visit to a London primary school helping to trial the online portal coordinated and financed by the duchess’ Royal Foundation.     Click this link to find out more 
& follow @heads_together on Instagram for live updates


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


Online Safety 

Safety alert: see how easy it is for almost anyone to hack your child's connected toy

Connected toys with Bluetooth, wi-fi and mobile apps may seem like the perfect gift for your child this Christmas. But we’ve found that, without appropriate safety features, they can also pose a big risk to your child’s safety.

Watch the video above to see just how easy it is for anyone to take over the voice control of a popular connected toy, and speak directly to your child through it. And we’re not talking professional hackers. It’s easy enough for almost anyone to do. Which? Click here to view the full report

Think U Know - Find out how to help your child to stay safe online

Chatting and meeting new people on the internet can be fun and appealing for children. There are lots of online apps and communities that can be educational and supportive for them, however there are opportunities online for adults to contact children.

No matter how young your child is, if they are using a device that has the internet- it is important to talk to them about people who contact them online.

Click here to visit the "Think U Know" website for more information on cyber 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. CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR MUCH MORE.

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. 


Social media guides.  Click here to find out more about the safety features available on popular social network sites such at Facebook, Google, Snapchat & WhatsApp


Video chat, sharing and streaming apps

Learn more about video apps, the risks children face when using them and what you can do to help keep children safe.

Apps guide for parents

Although child-friendly apps can make using the internet a more accessible and enjoyable experience, the thousands of apps available for different types of people mean it’s important to make sure children use appropriate ones. This guide maps some of the most common apps available and highlights those that might create risky situations for children, such as unintentionally revealing personal information, stranger danger and generating large bills through in-app purchasing.


Police reveal 200 slang terms used by teenagers online which parents should know about (07.02.19 taken from Gloucestershire Live)

A huge list of slang online terms used by teenagers has been revealed by police as they urge parents to be aware of what some of the language means.

It's split into three categories - 'warning flags', 'fun terms' and 'terms to keep an eye on'

Police released the 228 total terms that include acronyms, hashtags and abbreviations which may be a "cause for concern".

The said it will allow mums and dads, and guardians, to grasp a better understanding of what is happening under their noses, particularly as rooming has become "easier" in the technological age.

A lot of them will already be know to parents and kids alike, but there will be plenty more that you may never have heard or seen before. click here for list

Cyberbully - Pocket sized book


A superbly designed youth user-friendly book covering all aspects of cyberbullying including sexting, online grooming, social networking, abusing personal info etc. An indispensable book produced to help victims and witnesses through various stages from reporting a crime to appearing in court and support. Click here to view C5 Consultancy Ltd catalogue 

 Thinkuknow - How to guides for parents It can seem difficult to keep up-to-date with the technology that children use. Find out much more information and support about digital technologies on this site.

Supporting young people online, information and advice for parents and carers.   

Play Parents v Kids Alexa quiz from O2 & NSPCC

Who knows more about the world of online, parents or kids?

Get the whole family together and take the O2 NSPCC Parents v Kids quiz.  See who knows the most about the online worlds, and learn a bit more about staying safe.

Click here to visit the website.


Gaming - Resources for parents and carers    

From privacy to parental controls - resources for parents and carers who want to know more about gaming.



Physical Health

Gloucestershire Healthy Weight Bulletin - December 2018

Support to be a healthy weight is a key priority for Gloucestershire’s Health and Wellbeing Board and the Integrated Care System (ICS).

The recent National Children Measurement Programme (NCMP) data for Gloucestershire shows that 1 in 10 children (10%) are living with obesity by the time they start school. This figure is higher than the average for England (9.5%).

By Year 6, 17.8% of children are living with obesity. This figure is lower than the average for England (20.1%).

Whilst there have been some year on year fluctuations for both year groups since data collection began, overall we’ve not seen a reduction.

Gloucestershire data mirrors the national trend with those living in more deprived areas more likely to be affected by obesity. Similarly, children from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and those living in urban areas are also disproportionately affected.


Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire


Health is one of the most valuable things that we can have. Small changes to our lifestyles and to how we live can have a big impact on our health and wellbeing.

If you live in Gloucestershire, our Healthy Lifestyles team is on hand to help and support you. We can work with you to identify small changes that you can make, as well as supporting you to achieve them.

Whether you’re thinking about losing weight, giving up smoking, getting more active or just improving your overall wellbeing, we are here to help you.

We can work with you, and we also have a range of tools that you can use on your own to make and track lifestyle changes that will help you to be your best.

Call free on 0800 122 3788

For service information :



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. 


Brothers, sisters and autism: A parent's guide to supporting siblings -Having children with and without autism comes with a unique set of challenges. You’re not only faced with doing what’s best for your child with autism, but also with paying attention to the needs of any brothers or sisters. No matter what you call them (neurotypical, typically developing, normal, etc.), these siblings are often dealing with the same struggles and feelings that you do as parents. They, too, feel a sense of loss, confusion, and frustration – all at a time before they’ve had a chance to develop coping skills. These future advocates, potential caretakers, and lifelong friends will establish the longest lasting relationship with your child on the spectrum. Therefore, they need guidance and support from the start. You’re likely to find that supporting your children without autism will prove to be a long-term investment in your child with autism.


The topics addressed in this resource include:

• Strategies and resources to help teach your children about their sibling with autism

• Ways to address fairness, share attention, and recognize differences between your children

• Complicated feelings that may come up during family outings, holidays, play dates, and other special events

• Difficult emotions and situations that your children without autism may experience, including negative feelings and violent behaviour

• Ways to facilitate bonding, getting along, and time apart

          • Testimonials from other autism parents


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.



Social media guides: Click here to find out more about the safety features available on popular social network sites,  such as Facebook, Google, Twitter & WhatsApp 




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.


The Staying Safe website is a potentially life-saving resource developed by 4 Mental Health, with invaluable with invaluable input from our Expert Reference Group of international academics, people with lived experience (including of surviving a suicide attempt, self-harm, supporting a friend or family member or bereavement by suicide), suicide prevention experts, mental health practitioners, general practitioners, policy makers, public health experts, sector experts, educationalists and concerned citizens. offers compassion, kindness and easy ways to help keep people safer from thoughts of harm and suicide, seek support and discover hope of recovery through powerful videos from people with personal experience.

The website provides vital ‘Safety Plan' guidance tools jointly funded by NHS England, with easy to print / online templates and guidance video tutorials purposefully designed to help people through the process of writing their own Safety Plan to build hope, identify actions and strategies to resist suicidal thoughts and develop positive ways to cope with stress and emotional distress.

Tragically, suicide takes far too many lives, yet suicide is preventable. Anyone struggling to cope or experiencing deep distress may begin to think about harming themselves and consider suicide as a means to escape their emotional pain. It can be incredibly difficult to think clearly during these times. Everyone is encouraged to PREPARE for possible difficult times ahead BEFORE they happen, by completing a Safety Plan.

Staying safe - safety plan template

Helplines for young people



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?



Schools told not to dismiss sexual harassment 'as banter' - BBC News 15/12/2017

Sexual harassment or violence at school should never be dismissed as "banter", new Department for Education guidance to schools and colleges has stressed.

"Sexting" explicit images and videos of under-18s is illegal, it says, and girls are the most likely victims.

Schools still have a duty to act if incidents outside school are reported. To view the full BBC report, click on the image.



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 ( 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

Digital resilience toolkit for parents See how your parenting can help build your child's digital resilience


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