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Parent Helplines and Support

Following from the successful launch of our Parent Support and Advice Line, a series of Parent Support Groups have been launched. The service is for parents living in Gloucestershire who are worried about the mental health and emotional wellbeing of their child (between the ages of 11-18).  

Funded by NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, the service will provide many support groups. Groups will take place on a variety of days and times at Gloucester, Forest of Dean and Cheltenham venues. See the Parent support group leaflet.

Research demonstrates that involving parents in supporting their child’s emotional/mental health and wellbeing, ensures young people have better experiences and more positive outcomes. Providing parent support is also shown to prevent later use of both physical and mental health services. Previous pilot groups run by TIC+ have shown that parents continue to meet and support each other after the formal group ends! We are therefore very excited by the impact this service will have for children, young people and their families in Gloucestershire.  

Further details including dates of support groups can be found on the new Parent Support Group page of tic's website (Dec19).


Further Resources and Support for Parents, Carers, and Families:

  • GCC Early Years information for parents and carers subjects including, support with the Graduated Pathway and funding processes plus much more;

  • Young Minds Parents Helpline is a free helpline offering confidential, expert advice: 0808 802 5544;

  • 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;

  • Family Man - proven parenting strategies developed alongside leading global child behaviour experts and designed with dads in mind;

  • Macmillan Telephone Buddies - if you need to talk about your cancer, we're here to listen.  With a weekly call from one of our Telephone Buddies, you don't have to face cancer alone. Find out more and sign up at or call our support line on 0800 808 0000 (7 days a week 8am-8pm);

  • Confident championing: A grounded theory of parental adjustment following a child's diagnosis of developmental disability.

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