There are a number of services available, both locally and nationally, to support families.
We are committed to supporting all parents who would like help, whatever their circumstances.
As a key part of our strategy, Children’s Services and its partners in health, the voluntary sector and schools are training more people to deliver parenting skills training.
In H&F the usual model that we use is called the Positive Parenting Programme, also known as Triple P, but other kinds of support are available in different settings.
Every parent knows that the hardest job anyone can do is to bring up children. It doesn’t matter whether you are a single parent or a couple, you have plenty of family support or none, we all struggle at times to know how best to raise children to be happy, confident and respectful young people.
The Urban Partnership Group and H&F Children’s Services are working together to provide a parenting coordinator service for all parents who are interested in learning about parenting skills training.
Throughout H&F there are trained people who want to support you and we are training more people in all kinds of settings. The parenting coordinator can help you to find the right kind of support and point you in the direction of where to get advice.
For more details please contact the Parenting Services Coordinator on 020 7605 0800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Having children can be great fun but sometimes things can get hard and we are here for worries big and small. It could be dealing with problems at home with drugs or substance abuse, struggling to cope or feeling low. Perhaps you have housing problems or need help keeping the kids active or eating well.
We are here to provide quick and easy access to support and advice.
We help families thrive by building their confidence so that they can resolve issues before they become more difficult to manage. And that means we can help children and young people develop the resilient brains they need for future life challenges.
If you need help and advice, pop into one of our family centres, phone 020 8753 6070 or email email@example.com.
Talk to the Time to Connect Team
We've developed a collection of guides to advise you on a range of issues, including managing the stresses and strains of parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic. View our helpful links for home learning.
If the resources and materials available don’t provide the answers you need please contact our ‘Time to Connect Team’ who will be able to talk though any worries you may have and provide you with advice and guidance. They’ll be a listening ear if you are concerned about anything or need support with accessing or being signposted to services.
Just complete the form and someone will contact you within 24 hours, however, if you have concerns about the safety of a child or children then please call the police in an emergency or contact the council’s child safety team on 0208 753 6600.
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If you're having problems in your family life, there are lots of ways we can help you.
You might be a parent worried about your child's behaviour or how a divorce may impact on your family. 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.
Family Action transforms lives by providing practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country.
We have been building stronger families since 1869, and today work with over 45,000 families through over 140 community-based services. Thousands more are supported with financial assistance through education and welfare grants programmes.
Our innovative services reach out to those in need, we strengthen families and communities, build skills and resilience and improve the life chances of children and adults.
Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. We know that many people play active roles in raising children, from dads and mums, grandparents, stepparents and non-resident parents. Our role is to support all of you to achieve the best relationship possible with the children that you care about, as well as supporting parenting professionals. We believe that happy children come from happy families and currently support families to improve the outcomes for over 1 million children each year.
Support and tips to help you keep children safe. From advice on children’s mental health to staying safe online, support for parents and what to do if you’re worried about a child.
Am I pregnant? What should I be eating? Is it normal to be this tired? How can I help my partner during labour?
Whatever you want to know about getting pregnant, being pregnant or caring for your new baby, you should find it here.
You'll find week-by-week guides, videos, health advice and information about your NHS pregnancy journey.
Before you start, why not:
- work out when your baby is due with our due date calculator
- download a birth plan template to fill in and save
Want to know if you're really pregnant?
Find out about:
- signs and symptoms of pregnancy
- pregnancy tests
- what to do if you've had a positive pregnancy test
- help if you're not getting pregnant
Keeping well in pregnancy
- everything you need to know about a healthy pregnancy diet and supplements in pregnancy
- smoking and drinking can harm an unborn baby – read our stop smoking and alcohol pages for help quitting
Pregnancy (antenatal) care and the baby's development
- find out as much as you can about what's happening inside you in the first few weeks of pregnancy
- how to cope with common pregnancy problems, like morning sickness and tiredness
- find out what NHS pregnancy appointments you'll be offered
- what you'll be offered at your appointments, including ultrasound scans and checks and tests, including screening for Down's syndrome
Vaccinations in pregnancy
Why it's recommended that women have the:
If you're pregnant and worried about coronavirus (COVID-19), you can:
- read more about pregnancy and coronavirus on the NHS website
- get advice about coronavirus and pregnancy from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Labour and birth
Find out all you need to know about labour and birth, including:
- where you can have your baby – for example, in a hospital, midwife-led unit, or at home
- what pain relief in labour is available, such as gas and air (entonox) and epidural
- signs that labour might be starting
Your new baby
When your baby arrives, you can find advice on baby care, including:
- how to cope with a crying baby and settling your baby into a good sleep routine
- possible changes to your body after pregnancy and your relationships after a baby, and the symptoms of postnatal depression
- feeding twins and multiples and sleep issues with twins and multiples
Feeding, teething and tantrums
- find out about parenting, including support and services for parents, keeping fit, and going back to work
- know the signs of serious illness in babies and the symptoms of infectious illnesses such as chickenpox
- find out how to keep your baby safe and what to do if your baby has an accident
- at 6 months old your baby will need to start solid foods, so be prepared with our weaning tips and first food ideas
- as your baby becomes a toddler, get tips on teething, the importance of play, temper tantrums and potty training
Want to share your pregnancy and baby experiences?
Connect with others who can offer practical and emotional support about any pregnancy and baby issues on the HealthUnlocked NCT forum.
Page last reviewed: 4 October 2019
Next review due: 4 October 2022
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There's a lot we cannot control which can be scary, but there are a few things we can - like taking deep breaths, being present in the moment, being kind and compassionate to ourselves and others, snuggling our pets and nurturing our children.
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