Useful links

Find more information about different organisations which can provide support and advice with specific issues such as self harm, domestic violence, bereavement and pregnancy.

Abuse

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Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre  - working across the UK to tackle child sex abuse and offering parents advice and support.

Child Protection Resource - resources and support for everyone involved in the child protection system in the UK.

Childline  - free, 24 hour helpline for children and young people in danger or distress.

Hourglass - provide help and support to end exploitation of older people in the UK.

Men's Advice Line - Men’s Advice Line: a confidential helpline for any man experiencing domestic violence and abuse from a partner or ex-partner.

MOSAC  - support for all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused. Provides support, advice, information and counselling. 

NAPAC - support for people abused in childhood

NSPCC - advice on child abuse and cruelty. 

NSPCC - What can I do - Protecting your child from sexual abuse - link to PDF document from the NSPCC about protecting your child from sexual abuse.

NSPCC Cymru/Wales - Helpline – 0808 800 5000 which offers help and advice. Bilingual Welsh/English service. 

Safeguarding Wales - The Wales Safeguarding Procedures (WSP) provide advice to support consistent and evidence based safeguarding practice for practitioners across agencies and in local safeguarding boards in Wales.

SafeSpaces - provide Safe Spaces in their consultation rooms for people experiencing domestic abuse.

Stop it Now! - aims to prevent child sexual abuse by increasing public awareness and empowering people to act responsibly to protect children.

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation - is the only UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to preventing child sexual abuse.

Think U Know - come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. It is also a place to report online abuse.

Womens Aid - support for women experiencing physical, emotional or sexual violence in the home. 

Addiction

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Adfam - empower family members and carers, support frontline workers and influence decision-makers to stop this happening.

AL Anon - is there for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else's drinking

Alcohol Education Trust - support young people to enter adulthood having a healthy relationship with alcohol. They engage pupils before they begin drinking, help them build resilience skills, know how to avoid risky situations and learn how to look after themselves and each other.

ATSAC - is a not-for-profit organisation that provides information and support on sex addiction and compulsivity

Big Deal - is a project run by GamCare for young people to get help for gambling addiction 

Drinkaware - provides information on alcohol to consumers to allow them to make informed decisions about the effects on lives and lifestyles.

DrugFAM - provide a seven day a week lifeline of safe, caring and professional support to families, friends, partners and significant others who are struggling to cope with the nightmare of a loved one’s addiction to drugs, alcohol or gambling. We also support those bereaved by drugs, alcohol, gambling and related causes.

FRANK - free confidential advice and information on drugs 24 hours a day.

Gamcare - information, advice and practical help in relation to gambling.

Gamfam - provides advice and support if you are worried about gambling addiction. 

Know the score - Scotland’s drug information website.

National Centre for Gaming Disorders - a gaming addiction clinic in the UK that provides treatment for problem gamers living in England and Wales aged 13 and over. 

Relate - support service for sexual addiction

Release - information and advice on drugs and the law.

The National Association for Children of Alcoholics - providing information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent's drinking

We are with you - provide free, confidential support with alcohol, drugs or mental health in one of our local services or online.

Adoption and social care

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Adoption UK - is a national charity run by and for adopters, providing self-help information, advice, support and training on all aspects of adoption and adoptive parenting. 

Become - to help children in care and young care leavers to believe in themselves and to heal, grow and unleash their potential.

Coram BAAF - is an independent membership organisation for professionals, foster carers and adopters, and anyone else working with or looking after children in or from care, or adults who have been affected by adoption.

First4Adoption - is the national information service for people interested in adopting a child in England. 

Local Government Ombudsman - looks at all adult social care complaints. This includes care that is funded privately without council involvement.

PAC-UK - provides support and advice to families regarding adoption including an advice line, training and more. 

Pause - works with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeat removals of children from their care.

Rees Foundation - offer help and advice to care experienced individuals about any concern and are always here to listen. 

Advice - general

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Adviceguide - Adviceguide is the online CAB service that gives you information on your rights for all four UK countries, and on a wide range of topics, including benefits and employment, and debt and legal issues. Some content is in Welsh, and also ethnic community languages.

ConnectFutures - an independent social enterprise bringing people together to build trust and collaboration between organisations and their clients, using research, facilitation and training. 

Educate against Hate - gives parents, teachers and school leaders practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.

The Salvation Army - provide advice and support in the community on a range of issues, including families, homelessness, debt and more.

Affordable technology for families

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BT Home Essentials - provide a low cost broadband service for families on a low income.

Digital Poverty Alliance - in partnership with Currys to provide computers to families on a low income in specific areas. 

Get Families Talking - provide free data to low-income families facing digital exclusion through data poverty.

Virgin Media - broadband for low income families from Virgin Media. 

Vodafone - provide a service for charities working with families on a low income to provide sim cards that are pre-loaded with data for six months. 

Bedwetting

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ERIC - ERIC is a UK charity, Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence.

Bereavement

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Child Death Helpline - freephone service for anyone affected by the death of a child.

Child Bereavement UK - support families and educate professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care - nationwide bereavement support and information.

Grief Encounter - supporting bereaved children and young people by providing immediate one to one support.

NHS Helping Hand publication - Support for someone who has lost a loved one to suicide. 

Rosie Crane Trust - provide a number of services aimed at supporting bereaved parents including a 24 hour helpline. 

SANDS (Still birth and neonatal death society) - support for those affected by the stillbirth or death of a baby in the early weeks of life.

Saying Goodbye - this is the web site for the Saying Goodbye services, the first national set of remembrance services for people who have suffered miscarriage, early term loss or early infant loss.

The Compassionate Friends - support and friendship to parents and families after the death of their child, at any age and from any cause

UK Sobs - meet the needs and overcome the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide.

Winston's Wish - support children and their families through grief after the death of a parent or brother or sister.

Black and ethnic minority

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Equality and Human Rights Commission - creating a fairer Britain, this website takes a look at your rights.

NSPCC - the NSPCC offers multi-lingual helplines for the UK's BME communities.

Race Equality Foundation - the Race Equality Foundation promotes race equality in social support (what families and friends do for each other) and public services (what 'workers' do with people who need support).

RYICO - Provide teaching resources made up of varied activities that use art, audio, movement, games, and group discussion to tackle issues raised in Anti-bullying Week, Black History Month and Refugee Awareness Week.

Southall Black Sisters - information and resources for women, particularly Asian women experiencing domestic violence. Also offers immigration advice and advice on other matters relating to relationship breakdown.

The Monitoring Group - are one of the oldest Community-Based Anti-Racist organisations in the UK.

Bullying and harassment

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ACAS - (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations.

Anti-bullying Alliance - is a coalition of organisations and individuals working together to stop bullying and create safe environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.

Bullying UK – part of Family Lives. Provides help on all forms of bullying - at school, cyberbullying, racism, homophobia, bullying in sport etc.

Childnet International - information, advice, resources for children, parents and getting the most out of new technology and safe and responsible us.

EACH - Education Action Challenging Homophobia - challenges homophobia, specifically homophobic bullying, through education.

Kidscape - anti-bullying helpline for parents.

Red Balloon - Provide an 'intensive care' full-time education for children aged between 9 and 18 who are unable to go to school because they have been severely bullied or who have suffered trauma.

Report Harmful Content - Helping everyone to report harmful content online

Schools out  - provides a support network to raise the issue of homophobia in schools

STANCE - the comprehensive 'Whole School' resource pack for addressing homophobic bullying.

Stonewall - working for positive change for gay lesbian and bisexual people in the UK with an education program: Education for all

Suzy Lamplugh Trust -  (National Stalking Helpline) exists to ensure that what happened to Suzy does not happen to anyone else. We do this by Campaigning, Educating and Supporting people.

Carers

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Carers Trust - work tirelessly to raise awareness of unpaid carers in the UK.

Carers UK -provides information and advice to carers of children and adults with disabilities.

Childcare

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Childcare Choices - provides advice on what Government help is available for childcare costs.

Family and Childcare Trust - national childcare charity working to promote high quality affordable childcare for all.

Children and young people

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Anti Knife Crime Campaign - provides advice, ideas, support and resources for local anti knife crime

BROOK - free and confidential sexual health advice and contraception to young people up to the age of 25.

ChildLine - free, 24 hour helpline for children and young people in danger or distress.

Children's Society - are a national charity working to transform the hopes and happiness of young people facing abuse, exploitation and neglect. 

Coram Always Heard Advocacy Service - A support service providing advocacy for children/young people. 

Kooth.com - A unique service that provides vulnerable young people, who have emotional or mental health problems, with support when they need it most.

Careers Advice Service - help and information for young people 13-19 years.

The Hideout - Women's Aid have created this space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it's happening to you.

The Mix - (formerly Get Connected) provides young people with help on finding a service to help them, whatever the problem.

NACCC - are here to help and have made some stories to help you understand what happens at contact centres and the advice and resources are for children and young people.

National Youth Advocacy - advocacy services for children and young people up to the age of 25.

Nightline - is a student listening service which is open at night and run by students for students.

NSPCC - National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Prince's Trust - help 11 to 30 year-olds to find the tools and confidence to try free courses and start careers. 

The Hideout - provides indirect and informal support to children and young people living with domestic violence or those who may want to help a friend. Also signposts to additional help and direct support.

Vinspired - is the UK's leading volunteering charity for 14 - 25 year olds. vinspired helps young people to make their mark on causes that they care about, whilst learning new skills and talents along the way.

Young Carers: Action for Children - advice, support and information for children and young people who have a caring responsibility for someone in their family.

Youth Access -  is the national membership organisation for young people's information, advice and counselling services. Our projects and activities ensure that links are fostered and sustained between the different sectors impacting on our members’ work with young people.

Cost of living support

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Child Benefit - deals with all child benefit claims.

Child Maintenance Options - providing impartial information and support to help both parents make an informed choice about their options for child maintenance.

Child Support Agency - the Child Support Agency, as part of the Department for Work and Pensions, is responsible for assessing, collecting, paying and enforcing Child Support Maintenance.

Energy Saving Trust - empower householders every year to make better energy choices.

Family Action Grants Service - provides a small grant when it’s needed the most to help remove immediate financial barriers. This helps families to work through the bigger issues they’re facing such as fleeing abuse or keeping their children in school.

Family Fund -  is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. 

Financial Ombudsman Service - the official independent expert in settling complaints between consumers and businesses providing financial services.  The service is free and can look at complaints about a wide range of financial matters - from insurance and mortgages to savings and credit.

Give as you earn - donating to charity through your payroll.

Help with school costs - advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau on costs such as uniforms, travel, etc. 

Lightning Reach - enables individuals, charities and the public sector to get financial support to the people who need it most, quickly and securely.

Money Helper - helps you manage your money better. You can use their Health Check tool, calculators and comparison tables and access free, independent advice.

Money Saving Expert - aims to provide the best MoneySaving guides, tips, tools and techniques.

National Debtline - advice by telephone or email for people with debt problems.

National Energy Action (NEA) - the national fuel poverty charity, working to ensure that everyone in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is warm and safe at home.

Personal Finance Society - free guides to understand your choices when it comes to money. Find out about professional financial advice and search for a qualified adviser near you.

Stepchange - are a debt charity, providing free, confidential and expert debt advice and money guidance.

Stop Loan Sharksiinvestigates and prosecutes illegal money lenders and provides support for borrowers in the UK. 

Tax Credits - 9 out of 10 families are entitiled to tax credits, but you don't need to have children to qualify. Find out more here.

Turn2Us - website offering people in financial need access to welfare benefits and charitable grants, free of charge and all in one place. Visitors to the site can use the benefits calculator or search for a grant giving organisation based on their need to see if there are funds available to them.

Turn2Us (fuel poverty) - Information and advice for families worried about the energy price rises.

The Trussell Trust - The Trussell Trust is a Christian charity that does not affiliate itself with any political party and currently receives no government funding. They are non-judgemental and inclusive, providing assistance to people of all backgrounds and all faiths or none who are found to be in genuine need.  The Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open new foodbanks nationwide. With over 250 foodbanks currently launched, their goal is for every town to have one.

Counselling

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Beacon Family Services - provides therapeutic services to families and communities. This service is not free but you may be able to get funding to access their support.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy - provides lists of counsellors in your local area.

Counselling Directory - work closely with counsellors, psychotherapists and our visitors, to provide the very best service. They have over 10,000 qualified counsellors listed with them.

Find a Therapist - Connecting users to therapists across the UK. Have advice pages that are helpful too.

Marriage Care - relationship support service including couples counselling, relationship and marriage preparation. No fixed charge, contribution-based

NHS Therapy - refer yourself directly to a psychological therapies service without seeing your GP

Relate for Parents - Help with family life and parenting and access to a free counsellor online.

Relate - relationship counselling offered through regional centres.

Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships - consultation and psychotherapy services for couples seeking help with their relationships.

Thecoupleconnection.net - information and resources to parents who want to change their relationship for the better.

Covid-19 resources - for families

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Family support and advice 

Covid-19 Track and Trace information from the NHS

NHS vaccination information on what to expect after taking the vaccine

Support for those struggling with long Covid

Supporting your teen's emotional health during the Covid-19 lockdown

Supporting your teen's mental health during the Covid-19 lockdown

Parenting teens during the lockdown 

Finances and money

Find out what help you can get if Covid-19 is affecting your work or finances from Turn2Us

Money Advice Service - specific information if you have to take time off because of Covid-19 or your income has dropped

Money Saving Expert - information on getting travel refunds and more

Food 

Foodbanks - use the Trussell Trust to find out where your nearest foodbank is

'Which' provides a handy summary of supermarket hours and information on shopping during lockdown

How to make meals that only cost £1 from chef Miguel Barclay

BBC budget meals recipes

Government guidance

What you can and can't do during lockdown

Home learning

Starline - a national home learning helpline offering expert information and advice to parents and carers

Languages

Find advice about Covid-19 in other languages

Mental health

Every Mind Matters - find out how to support your mental health if you are worrying about Covid-19

Mental Health Foundation - Living with the pandemic if you already have mental health problems

Relationships

Some tips from Relate on maintaining your relationship with your partner during lockdown

Domestic abuse - information from the Government on support for victims of domestic abuse during lockdown

Women's Aid - Covid-19 resource hub providing advice and support for anyone experiencing domestic abuse

Crime

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Anti Knife Crime Campaign - provides advice, ideas, support and resources for local anti-knife crime.

ASB help - is a registered charity in England and Wales set up to provide advice and support to victims of anti-social behaviour.

Crimestoppers - an independent charity that gives you the power to speak up to stop crime, 100% anonymously.. 

Fearless - provide non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality and provide you with a safe place to give information to us about crime - 100% anonymously.

Gangsline - is a non-profit organisation to provide help and support to young men and women involved in gang culture.

Lawstuff - provides free legal information to children and young people

National Information Centre on Children of Offenders - Supporting all professionals to work with  offenders’ children and their families. 

PACT - is a national charity that provides support to prisoners, people with convictions, and their families. 

Rape Crisis (England and Wales) - provides coordination for the national network of Rape Crisis Centres across England and Wales. Rape Crisis Centres provide a range of specialist services for women and girls that have been raped or experienced another form of sexual violence - whether as adults or as children.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust -  (National Stalking Helpline) exists to ensure that what happened to Suzy does not happen to anyone else. We do this by Campaigning, Educating and Supporting people.

True Vision - has been developed so that you can report hate crimes online - you do not have to visit a police station to report. 

Victim Support - information and support for people who have been affected by a crime.

Dads

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Dads Info -promotes fatherhood in all its aspects where fathers can share ideas find information and learn about parenting.

DaddiLife - a parenting website for dads with lots of information, advice, features and a place where dads can learn, grow and celebrate the life that is dad.

Families Need Fathers - information and support on shared parenting following separation or divorce.

Families Need Fathers because both parents matter Cymru (Wales) - is a charity which supports dads, mums and grandparents to have personal contact and meaningful relationships with children following parental separation.

Separated Dads - being separated from your kids can be hard if you're a dad. This website helps with ideas on how to cope when you are together or apart.

Divorce and separation

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Association for Shared Parenting -  promote the child’s right to the love and nurture of both parents after separation or divorce and to encourage and support parents in the fulfilment of that right.

CAFCASS - looks after the interests of children involved in family proceedings. It works with children and their families, and then advises the courts on what it considers to be in the children's best interests.

Family Mediators Association - The Family Mediators Association is a registered charity which offers family mediation to private clients outside the court system.

Family Mediation Council - is a not for profit organisation that maintains a professional register of family mediators

Families Need Fathers - information and support on shared parenting following separation or divorce.

MATCH - provides emotional support to mothers whose children have been separated from them.

Money Helper - a comprehensive guide to managing the financial aspects of divorce, as well managing debt

National Association of Child Contact Centres - provides safe places where children of separated families can spend time with one or both parents.

National Family Mediation - mediators helping parents who live apart stay close to their children.

Oxfordshire Family Mediation - support children and adults, with or without children, when they are dealing with the fall-out before, during and after separation.

Parenting Together – Supporting Children Through Separation (Wales) - This is a simple and effective guide designed to help separated parents understand how to work together to identify what their children need most and support them through a separation.

Separated Dads - being separated from your kids can be hard if you're a dad. This website helps with ideas on how to cope when you are together or apart.

Separated Families - working with everyone affected by family separation to bring about better outcomes for children.

Stand Alone - support and raise awareness about adults that are estranged from their family or children.

Domestic violence and abuse

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Family Rights Group - for mothers who are involved with Children's Services because their children are (or may be) harmed by experiencing and/ or witnessing domestic violence. 

Freedom Charity - provide support and protection for victims of abuse, Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage.

Live Fear Free (Wales) - providing help and advice about violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Mankind - provide an information, support and signposting service to men suffering from domestic abuse from their current or former wife, partner (including same-sex partner) or husband. 

Men's Advice Line - Men’s Advice Line: a confidential helpline for any man experiencing domestic violence and abuse from a partner or ex-partner.

PEGS - supporting parents and professionals with child to parent abuse

Respect - our vision is to end violence and abuse in intimate partner and close family relationships.  Our key focus is on increasing the safety and well-being of victims by promoting, supporting, delivering and developing effective interventions with perpetrators.  

Respect Not Fear - if you are a young person and are worried about your relationship then try to talk to someone you trust about what you are experiencing. 

Safe Spaces - provides safe spaces in retail shops across the UK  in their consultation rooms for people experiencing domestic abuse. 

The Hideout - provides indirect and informal support to children and young people living with domestic violence or those who may want to help a friend. Also signposts to additional help and direct support.

National Centre for Domestic Violence - provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline - this was formerly Refuge, and provide advice and support if you or a loved one is experiencing any form of domestic abuse and violence. 

Who's In Charge - provide a programme for parents to help them with child on parent violence (fees may apply for this programme) 

Women's Aid - support for women experiencing physical, emotional or sexual violence in the home. 

Eating disorders

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Beat  - helpline for parents and young people.

National centre for eating disorders - advice and support. 

HENRY (Health Exercise Nutrition for the Really Young) – A charity offering programmes and online resources for parents of 0 to 5 year olds to help provide a healthy start in life for young children. Programmes cover how to juggle life with young children, how to respond to their needs without giving in to demands, tips to reduce mealtime stress, active play to help children learn, food groups, food labels, portion sizes for under 5s, first foods, snack swaps, and understanding and managing your child's behaviour.

Education

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Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) - an independent national service centre for parents of children in state-funded education. 

Department for Education - helping children and adults get the most from learning 

Homework Elephant - resources to help children complete their homework

My World of Work for parents - can help you find the information you need to support your child as they begin to make choices about their future career.

National Careers Service - provides information, advice and guidance on all career related topics, including education, training, apprenticeships and employment over the telephone, webchat, email and text message.

Not Fine in School - is a parent/carer-led organisation set up in response to the growing number of children and young people who struggle with school attendance.They provide support and guidance. 

Parents in Touch - an education and information site for busy parents covering curriculums, exams and much more.

ParentKind - provides guidance for parents navigating their child's education.

ParentView - gives parents in England the opportunity to assess state schools against 12 criteria.

Red Balloon - provide an 'intensive care' full-time education for children aged between 9 and 18 who are unable to go to school because they have been severely bullied or who have suffered trauma.

School- Home Support - national charity that places higly trained practitioners in schools to support children and families, whatever they are going through.

The Good Schools Guide - feature more than 400 informative articles covering help, information advice and reviews of schools and tutors.

Tutor Pages - Tutor Pages contains thousands of articles on home tuition topics all written by private tutors. There's also an active forum to discuss private tuition, and a directory of private tutors who can be contacted for free. 

UCAS- helps to inspire and empower people to make aspirational choices about higher education and learning

Emotional and mental health

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Anxiety UK - provides support if you are dealing with anxiety.

Blurt - support all those who are affected by depression.

C.A.L.L. Helpline (Wales) - This is a confidential helpline which offers emotional support on mental health and related matters. 

CALM - run a free and confidential helpline and webchat – 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems. 

Dad's Matter - Supporting dads and mums who are struggling with anxiety, depression and post natal depression

Give Us Shout - Anxious? Worried? Stressed? Get 24/7 help from our team of Crisis Volunteers.

Happy Maps - Reliable resources for children of all ages struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.

MENCAP - support and information for people with a learning disability and their families.

Mental Health Foundation - Committed to reducing the suffering caused by mental ill health and to help everyone lead mentally healthier lives.

Mind - information on all aspects of mental health.

OCD Action - provide support and information to anybody affected by OCD

Out of the FOG - Helping family members & loved-ones of people who suffer from personality disorders.

Place2Be - Provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, building children's resilience through talking, creative work and play. 

RC Psych - Provide advice and information on mental health and wellbeing 

Rethink - advice and information for those suffering severe mental illness and their families or carers.

Sane - Provide support via their mental health helpline.

Stem4 - supporting positive teenage mental health. 

Student Minds - Mental health peer support for students

Time to change - They empower people with mental health problems to feel confident talking about the issue without facing discrimination

Young minds (for children's mental health) - information for parents who may be concerned about the mental health of their child.

Families and parenting

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Action for Children (Wales) - offer services to children and young people and their families.

Barnardo's Cymru - runs a number of projects aimed at supporting children, young people and their families.

CFAB (Children & Families Across Borders) - a charity which seeks to protect, defend and support any child, family or individual who faces a social, legal or personal problem as a consequence of global movement.

Childrens 1st - (Formerly ParentLine Scotland)is a free, confidential helpline for parents and anyone caring for a child in Scotland.

Children in Wales - is the national umbrella body for organisations and individuals who work with children, young people and their families in Wales. 

Cry-sis (Wales) - Helps families who find it difficult to cope when their baby cries a lot.

Family Action (formerly Family Welfare Association) - tackling difficult issues facing families including domestic abuse, mental health problems, learning disabilities and severe financial hardship.

Families Need Fathers - information and support on shared parenting following separation or divorce.

Family Rights Group - provides advice and services to families whose children are involved with social services

Gingerbread - Gingerbread is the national charity working with single parent families. Formed following a merger of the National Council for One Parent Families and Gingerbread, we now provide increased support and a stronger campaigning voice for single parents and their families.

Happy steps - The UK's only research based stepfamily resource centre. Designed to gather together a whole range of services to help families and individuals strengthen their stepfamilies and to provide training and tools for organisations who regularly deal with them.

HENRY (Health Exercise Nutrition for the Really Young) – A charity offering programmes and online resources for parents of 0 to 5 year olds to help provide a healthy start in life for young children. Programmes cover how to juggle life with young children, how to respond to their needs without giving in to demands, tips to reduce mealtime stress, active play to help children learn, food groups, food labels, portion sizes for under 5s, first foods, snack swaps, and understanding and managing your child's behaviour.

Home-start - offers regular support to families with one child under 5 years old - look at the site to see whether there is a scheme near you.

Home-Start UK in Wales - supports families with young children.

Mumsnet - online forum for parenting support and the discussion of issues connected with parenting.

National Family Mediation - mediators helping parents who live apart stay close to their children.

Netmums - a unique local network for Mums (or Dads), offering a wealth of information on both a national and local level. Once registered, you can access details for all kinds of local resources, from child-friendly cafes to childminders, places to go etc.

One plus One - an independent research organisation whose role is to generate knowledge about marriage and relationships - how they work, why they can sometimes run into difficulties and how couples can cope when they do.

Parenting NI - provides a telephone helpline and face-to-face support and guidance service for families on issues such as bullying, separation/divorce, self-harm and emotional difficulties.

Parentline (Ireland) - provides information and a listening ear to anyone in a parenting role in Ireland.

Stand Alone - support people who are estranged from their family or children. Our primary objective is to break down the stigma around estrangement and support estranged people in their daily lives.

Strengthening Families Protecting Children Programme -  Information about the SFPC programme to help safely reduce the number of children entering care.

There For You Advisory Service - supporting families involved with children's services

Understanding Childhood - provides free downloadable information leaflets for families and childcare professionals to help raise emotionally secure children

Young Minds - information for parents who may be concerned about the mental health of their child.

FGM

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Forward - help and advice about female genital mutilation. 

Freedom Charity - provide support and protection for victims of abuse, Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage.

NHS - advice on female genital mutilation. 

Grandparents

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Age UK - is the country's largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life and give advice on range of issues including money, health, care and wellbeing.

Kinship (formerly Grandparents Plus) - information, advice and support for people looking after a relative's child, and for grandparents who have lost contact with their grandchildren.

Hourglass - provide help and support to end exploitation of older people in the UK.

The Silver Line - is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Health

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Bladder and Bowel UK - Supporting adults and children with bladder and bowel issues.

beat (formerly Eating Disorders Association) - information and support on eating disorders across the UK.

City Hospice (Wales) – Support in Cardiff for those suffering from cancer, their families and carers.

Dementia UK- provides specialist dementia support for families through our Admiral Nurse service.

ERIC (education and resources for improving childhood incontinence) - information and support on childhood betwetting, daytime wetting, constipation and soiling.

Headway - is the UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury by providing vital support and information services.

HENRY (Health Exercise Nutrition for the Really Young) – A charity offering programmes and online resources for parents of 0 to 5 year olds to help provide a healthy start in life for young children. 

NHS Wales - The NHS 111 Wales service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is free to call from both landlines and mobiles. 

Stroke Association - Provide support people to rebuild their lives after stroke. 

The Channel - A digital platform for children and young people with Epilepsy. This is produced by Young Epilepsy

The Sleep Clinic - provides advice and support to help parents with child sleeping issues.

Terrance Higgins Trust - help and advice on living with HIV.

Housing

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The Housing Ombudsman - is set up by law to look at complaints about the housing organisations that are registered with us. Our service is free, independent and impartial.

Shelter - information for people who are homeless or having a housing problem

St Mungo's - support and advice for homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless.

Immigration

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Asylum Aid - free advice and assistance to refugees and asylum seeker.

Migrant Help - supporting people affected by displacement and exploitation.

Parents pack (from the Refugee Council) - the resource pack aims to support refugee parents who may not have access to these resources and it is hoped that it will be useful for advisers working with refugee families.

Ramfel - is a charity that supports vulnerable migrants to access justice and that provides vital support in moments of individual crisis.

Red Cross - provides support to migrants and refugees in local communities

Refugee Council - advice and support to asylum seekers and refugees.

Right to Remain - works with communities, groups and organisations across the UK. We provide information, resources, training and assistance to help people to establish their right to remain. We challenge injustice in the immigration and asylum system.

UKCOSA (Council for International Education) - provides independent advice for students from overseas on issues such as immigration, fees and welfare benefits.

UK immigration advice for Ukrainians - providing a free service to connect Ukrainian citizens in need of free legal advice on UK immigration, visas and asylum with qualified and regulated lawyers.

Internet safety

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Childnet International - Know IT All - resources aimed at young people, parents and teachers about safe and positive use of the internet. It contains information about what the risks are to users and outlines practical advice in avoiding or minimising risks when using online and mobile technologies.

Get Safe Online - is a unique resource providing practical advice on how to protect yourself, your computers and mobiles device and your business against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems encountered online.

Internet Matters - information, advice and support on internet safety, from cyberbullying to setting up parental controls online. 

Internet Watch Foundation - site for reporting potentially illegal online content, specifically child abuse images and content hosted anywhere in the world, criminally obscene content hosted in the UK and incitement to racial hatred content hosted in the UK.

Kidsmart Digiducks Big Decision Book - a resource book for teachers to use in classrooms from Kidsmart.

NSPCC Net Aware - Your guide to the social networks your kids use with tips on keeping them safe.

O2 & NSPCC online safety helpline - get advice on the technical side of online safety, such as setting parental controls and privacy settings. Call 0808 800 5002.

Report Harmful Content - Helping everyone to report harmful content online

The Professionals Online Safety Helpline is a free service for professionals, and volunteers working with children and young people, managed by the UK Safer Internet Centre.

Think U Know - come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology.

True Vision - Have you or someone you know been a victim of a hate crime or hate incident? True Vision gives advice about hate crime/incidents and how to report it.

Legal

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Advice Now - provide a hand-picked and checked information service that draws together the best up-to-date information about the law and rights available on the internet.

Advocate - is a charity which finds free legal help from barristers.

CAFCASS - looks after the interests of children involved in family proceedings. It works with children and their families, and then advises the courts on what it considers to be in the children's best interests.

Children's Legal Centre - information on all aspects of child law in England, including contact, parental responsiblity and residence orders.

Coroners Courts Support Service - is an independent voluntary organisation whose trained volunteers offer emotional support and practical help to bereaved families, witnesses and others attending an Inquest at a Coroner’s Court.

FLOWS - (Finding Legal Options for Women Survivors) is an independent legal support service, designed to help protect women against domestic abuse, anywhere in England and Wales.

Law Centre Network - offer legal advice, casework and representation to individuals and groups. 

Lawstuff - provides free legal information to children and young people

Support through Court - provide a free service across the UK, and provide comfort, support and guidance before, during and after court. They ensure people facing court alone feel prepared and supported to access justice.

Resolution - an association of solicitors specialising in family law.  

Rights of Women - provide women with the legal advice and information they need to understand and use the law and their legal rights. 

Which? Legal Services - legal advice and services from the consumer rights group

LGBTQ

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EACH - Educational Action Challenging Homophobia - a national, charitable organisation, set up to challenge homophobia, specifically homophobic bullying, through education.

Families Together London - Support group and website for friends and family of lesbian, gay and transgender people

FFLAG - Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays UK is a national and voluntary organisation and registered charity which offers support to local parent groups and contacts in their efforts to help parents and families understand and accept and support their lesbian, gay and bisexual members.

Free2b Alliance - Support LGBTQ+ young people and parents and empowering them to work with us in delivering awareness training. We challenge homophobia, biphobia & transphobia, fostering an inclusive environment within education establishments and organisations across the sectors.

Mermaids UK - work to reduce isolation and loneliness for gender variant and transgender children, young people and their families.

PACE - free counselling, support and advice over the phone and face to face, to all family members, whatever their age and sexuality.

STANCE - the comprehensive 'Whole Shool' resource pack for addressing homophobic bullying.

Stonewall - lesbian, gay and bisexual support and information. 

Stonewall (Wales) - The charity Stonewall have a dedicated page to support parents to understand their parental rights. 

Switchboard LGBT+ helpline - are a safe space for anyone to discuss anything, including sexuality, gender identity, sexual health and emotional well-being.

Pregnancy and baby

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Bounty - support families in the transition to parenthood, through each key life stage, from pregnancy to birth to toddler to pre-school.

British Pregnancy Advisory Service - offers information and treatment for unplanned pregnancy.

Breastfeeding Network - find help and support with breastfeeding. 

BROOK - free and confidential sexual health advice and contraception to young people up to the age of 25.

Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation - provides support and information on the care of women with a diagnosis, or possible diagnosis, of ectopic pregnancy. 

FPA - advice and publications on all aspects of sexual health.

NCT Breastfeeding Support - information and guidance for any parents that have questions about breastfeeding

NCT (National Childbirth Trust) - support through pregnancy and beyond.

The PANDAS Foundation - a support service for families and their networks who may be suffering with perinatal mental illness, including prenatal (antenatal) and postnatal depression.

Sense CDs - teenagers and pregnancy: Interactive CD Rom.

The Miscarriage Association - support and information for people who experience pregnancy loss.

Tommy's - dedicated to finding causes and treatments to save babies’ lives as well as providing trusted pregnancy and baby loss information and support.

Prisoners

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Key for Life - A new social venture and charity creating innovative solutions to help reduce youth offending and gang warfare.

PACT - provides support to prisoners, people with convictions, and their families.

Prisoner's Families Helpline - offer support for families who have a loved one in contact with the criminal justice system. 

Prisoners abroad – advice for anyone with family member in prison abroad.

Relationships

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Barefoot Institute - help support Muslim relationships between husband and wife, parents and children, siblings and relatives.

Between us app - is an app designed to help you have a better relationship with your partner now or in the future created by the Tavistock Relationships.

Click - is a unique service providing early intervention relationship support from a mobile-friendly platform.

Forced Marriage Unit - contact the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) if you are trying to stop a forced marriage or you need help leaving a marriage you have been forced into. Email: fmu@fco.gov.uk, Telephone: 020 7008 0151. From overseas +44 207 008 0151 Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Out of hours: 020 7008 1500 (ask for the Global Response Centre)

Marriage Care - relationship support service including couples counselling, relationship and marriage preparation. No fixed charge, contribution-based

Relate - relationship counselling offered through regional centres.

Relate Cymru - offers advice, relationship counselling and support. They provide relationship support services at various locations across Wales.

Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships - couple therapy services.

One plus One - their mission is to strengthen relationships for couples, families, communities and workplaces using evidence based training and digital resources.

Runaways

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Missing People (formerly National Missing Persons Helpline) - the UK's only charity that works with young runaways, missing and unidentified people, their families and others who care for them.

Self-harm

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Harmless - provides information, support, training and consultancy for people who self harm, as well as their friends, families and professionals.

National Self Harm Network - our priority is to support survivors and people who self-harm. We also support the people it indirectly affects, like family and friends, they can discuss the issue and gain effective support in our forums.

Young Minds - supporting people who self-harm. We also support the people it indirectly affects, like family and friends, they can discuss the issue and gain effective support in our forums.

Sexual health

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BROOK - this site provides free and confidential sexual health advice and contraception to young people up to the age of 25.

fpa - advice and publications on all aspects of sexual health.

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

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Action on Hearing Loss - raise awareness of hearing loss and offer support and information.

ADDISS - provide people-friendly information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to anyone who needs assistance - parents, sufferers, teachers or health professionals.

ADHDUK - is a charity focused on ADHD and has support groups. 

Ambitious about Autism -  is the national charity for children and young people with autism. We provide services, raise awareness and understanding.

Appcessible.org - a database of useful mobile and tablet apps, specifically, apps that are designed to help users with additional needs and disabilities.

Carers UK -provides information and advice to carers of children and adults with disabilities.

Challenging Behaviour Foundation - provide practical information for families and professionals about understanding and supporting children and adults whose behaviour challenges.

Contact - provides varied support and guidance and work with families with disabled children.

Contact Cymru (Wales) - is an organisation dedicated to helping families who care for children with any disability or additional needs.

Council for disabled children - are the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector bringing together professionals, practitioners and policy-makers.

Disability. Pregnacy and Parenthood International - information and enquiry service on all aspects for pregnancy and parenthood.

Disablity Rights UK - works to create a society where everyone with lived experience of disability or health conditions can participate equally as full citizens.

dysTalk - information on specific learning disabilities and advice on how parents can optimise their child's learning.

Equality and Human Rights Commission - creating a fairer Britain, this website takes a look at your rights. A website with the aim of sharing information for independent living.

Family Fund - is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.

I CAN - provides a range of information services that provide help and advice to parents and practitioners about speech, language and communication.

IPSEA - provides Independent Parental Special Education Advice on all educational matters for SEN. 

National Autistic Society - advice and support for children and adults with autism.

NDCS - National Deaf Children's Society is a charity for deaf children and their families.

Mencap - supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.

PDA Society - Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is a profile that describes those whose main characteristic is to avoid everyday demands and expectations to an extreme extent. The PDA Society provide information, support and training for individuals, families and professionals. 

RNIB - Royal National Institute of the Blind which helps living with sight loss.

Scope - support and advice to people with disabilities and their families.

Sibs - for people who grow up with a brother or sister with special needs, disability or chronic illness. Also has useful information for parents of children with special needs.

SNAP Cymru - offers information and support to families of children and young people in Wales who have special educational needs. Advice and information available on the website in English and Welsh.

Special Needs Jungle - provides parent-centred information, news, special needs resources and informed opinion about SEND and disabilities.

Tourettes Action - works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is the leading support and research charity for people with Tourette Syndrome and their families. 

The ADHD Foundation - is service for people who live with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Tourette’s syndrome.

The Dyslexia and SpLD Trust - provides information to parents, teachers, schools and the wider sector.

Suicidal feelings

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CALM - The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide. 

Maytree - offer a free 4 night, 5 day stay for adults who are feeling suicidal, with the opportunity to be heard in complete confidence, in a caring, safe environment.

PAPYRUS – prevention of young suicide - support for young people under the age of 35 with thoughts of suicide, or those concerned about young people with thoughts of suicide.

Samaritans - emotional support to anyone in distress or at risk of suicide.

SOBS - exist to meet the needs and overcome the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide.

Twins and multiples

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Tamba - support and information to parents of twins and multiple births.

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