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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.

Parenting Courses

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.

Find out about Triple P Parenting courses

The Parenting Services Coordinator

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

Family Support

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

Time to Connect

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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Relate - The Relationship People

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

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

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.

Your pregnancy and baby guide

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:

Want to know if you're really pregnant?

Find out about:

Keeping well in pregnancy

Pregnancy (antenatal) care and the baby's development

Vaccinations in pregnancy

Why it's recommended that women have the:


Coronavirus advice

If you're pregnant and worried about coronavirus (COVID-19), you can:

Labour and birth

Find out all you need to know about labour and birth, including:

Your new baby

When your baby arrives, you can find advice on baby care, including:


Feeding, teething and tantrums

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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