Useful Organisations

Published below is a list of useful National Organisations

General parenting24-hour support Adoption & fostering Forces families Bereavement

Separation, divorce & lone parents | Family relationships

Child welfareChildren or families in need | Drug & alcohol addiction | Finances

Mental health | Disability | Behavioural problems

Multiple births Pregnancy & birth


General Parenting

BBC Online – Parenting
Advice on parenting, preparing for parenthood throughout pregnancy, illnesses, baby’s needs and parents needs.

Bullying UK
Help, advice and information on bullying for parents and children.

Community Legal Service Direct
A free government-funded confidential advice service providing help and advice on a range of common legal problems.

Fatherhood Institute
The Fatherhood Institute are the national information centre on fatherhood. They provide news, training information, policy updates, research summaries and guides for supporting fathers.

Online discussion and advice forum for home-based fathers.

NCH Action for Children 
Runs over 460 projects throughout the UK which include family centres, abuse, disability and homelessness projects.

Netmums is a local network for mums by mums with a wealth of information and advice on being a mum with young children in your home town.

A community of online parents. Their philosophy is “to make parents’ lives easier by pooling knowledge, experience and support”.

Parents’ Advice Centre
Parents’ Advice Centre (PAC) provides a telephone helpline and face-to-face support and guidance service for families on lots of issues.

Parent Centre
Information and support for parents on how to help with your child’s learning, including advice on choosing a school and finding childcare.

Parenting UK
Promotes and maintains a high profile for parenting education and support, promoting growth in knowledge, skills, understanding and personal development of parents.

Family Lives
Provides support for parents under stress. Visit this website or phone 0808 800 222.

Nanny Share
Nanny Share aims to provide a service for parents seeking affordable and flexible childcare.

Sure Start
Find out about the wide range of SureStart services that are currently available, from Children’s Centres and early support programmes to information and advice on health and financial matters.

Talk To Your Baby
Talk To Your Baby is a campaign run by the National Literacy Trust to encourage parents and carers to talk more to children from birth to three.

What about the children?
Promotes parental responsibility with particular emphasis on the emotional needs of children under three, through research and campaigns.

Child Accident Prevention Trust
Has a detailed section on their website for parents to help reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents

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24-hour support

Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours-a-day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide

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Adoption & Fostering

British Association for Adoption & Fostering
The British Association for Adoption & Fostering is the leading UK charity working for children separated from their birth families.

Post Adoption Centre
The Post Adoption Centre provides advice, support and information for anyone involved in adoption. They offer a telephone advice line and a contact and mediation service.

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Forces Families

ABF The Soldiers Charity
Provides support to serving soldiers, former soldiers and their families in times of in need.

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Saying Goodbye
Saying Goodbye is the first National set of remembrance services, for couples and families, who want to formally say goodbye to children they have lost.

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Separation, Divorce & Lone Parents

Association for Shared Parenting 
The Association for Shared Parenting (ASP) promotes the rights of children after separation or divorce and encourages and support parents.

Centre for Separated Families
Works with everyone affected by family separation in order to bring about better outcomes for children.

Families Need Fathers 
Supports and provides information to parents about maintaining relationships with their children after a family breakdown.

The national organisation for lone parents and their children. Over 500 support groups in the UK.

Only Dads
An organisation for single fathers offering advice, a forum for making contact, a number of benefits like discounted holidays and clothes purchases, and free legal and financial advice

Family relationships

Marriage Care
Offers relationship counselling through local teams of qualified practitioners who volunteer their time. There is no fixed fee but contributions are requested towards their services.

Provides counselling, sex therapy, relationship education and training to support couple and family relationships throughout life.

Scottish Marriage Care
A family support charity with 40 years experience in the specialist field of relationships.

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Child welfare

Barnardo’s works with the most vulnerable children and young people in their homes, schools and communities, helping them transform their lives and fulfil their potential.

Children 1st Scotland
Works to give every child in Scotland a safe and secure childhood.

Specialises in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children.

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Children or families in need

4 children
Believes that all children and their parents should get the support they need in their community – starting from the early years, through to their out of school and teenage years.

Action for Prisoners’ Families 
Action for Prisoners’ Families (APF) is the national organisation acting as the voice for the concerns of prisoners’ families across the UK. They also run a helpline for families.

Free national helpline for children in trouble or danger. Provides 24 hour confidential counselling service. Visit website or call 0800 11 11

Children First for Health
An interactive guide to life and health for children and young people.

The Children’s Society
Works with and for children to help them deal with life’s harshest challenges.

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Drug & Alcohol Addiction

Provides support and information to family and friends of drug and alcohol users. Includes a search facility for UK support groups and helplines.

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Home Heat helpline
Gives advice and information on reducing fuel bills and details on how to access grants and benefits.

Helps people access the money available to them – through welfare benefits, grants and other help.

Offers free, impartial debt advice to anyone in the UK experiencing financial problems. They also have a free online debt advice service – Debt Remedy.

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Mental Health

Working to provide a better life for those with experience of mental distress.

The Association for Post Natal Illness
Provides support to mothers suffering from post-natal illness, increases public awareness of the illness and encourages research into its cause and nature.

Young Minds 
An interactive website, containing information for young people, parents and professionals about children’s mental health.

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Disabled Parents Network
A national organisation of and for disabled people who are parents or who hope to become parents, and their families, friends and supporters.

Family Footings
Family Footings is a national project for families of disabled children and children with special educational needs.  They provide advice and resources on how to use person centred thinking to improve outcomes for children and young people in education, health care and day-to-day support.

Family Fund
Family Fund champions an inclusive society where families with severely disabled or seriously ill children have choices and the opportunity to enjoy ordinary life.

Learning Disabilities
Provides information about issues which affect the lives of people with learning disabilities and is a useful gateway to some of the other resources on learning disabilities.

National Face to Face Network 
Offers a befriending service to parents of disabled children.

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Behavioural Problems

Provides information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to anyone who needs assistance – parents, sufferers, teachers or health professionals.

Focuses on understanding children’s behaviour and offering solutions to dealing with a wide range of behavioural problems.

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Multiple Births

The Multiple Births Foundation
A vital resource to professionals and families alike, it aims to improve the care and support of multiple birth families through the education of all relevant professionals.

TAMBA – Twins and Multiple Births Association
Supports families with twins, triplets or more, individually, through local twins clubs and specialist support groups.

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Pregnancy & Birth

Best known for the educational guides and product sample packs they provide to expectant mothers, new parents and young families.

Offers self-help and support for families with excessively crying, sleepless and demanding children. 08074 045 011

National Childbirth Trust
Advice, information and services in relation to pregnancy, birth, the early weeks and months right through to toddler stage.

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