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.

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.


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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.


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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 advice and support

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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. - 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.

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.


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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.

Twins and multiples

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

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