Advice and Support Links for Families
Part of a nationwide programme of services for 0-5 year olds and their families. Their aim is to offer information, advice and support to parents, as well as integrated childcare and early learning, health services, family support and parental outreach.
Joy Lane Children’s Centre
Swalecliffe Children’s Centre
Gingerbread – Single Parents, Equal families
Provide expert advice, practical support and campaign for single parents.
Helpline – 0808 802 0925
DIVORCE AND SEPARATION
Advice during and after parent separation and divorce.
CAFCASS - Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service
CAFCASS represents children in family court cases. They make sure that children’s voices are heard and decisions are taken in their best interests.
CHILD PROTECTION, EARLY HELP AND PREVENTION
Worried about a child?
If the child is in immediate danger, call the emergency services using 999.
If you need to make contact out of working hours please call the Out of Hours Service on 03000 41 91 91.
Early Help and Preventative Services – KSFS
EHPS are designed to respond early to tackle emerging issues for children, young people and families who are most at risk of developing problems and having poor outcomes. Early help and preventative work is not just about early childhood but also about preventing adolescents and young adults from developing problems
03000 41 92 22
NSPCC – www.nspcc.org.uk
NSPCC Helpline – 0808 800 5000 – firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are worried about a child, even if you are unsure, contact the professional counsellors 24/7 for help, advice and support.
NSPCC helpline – Under 18s – 0800 1111
Childline offers free, confidential advice and support whatever your worry, whenever you need help.
The Underwear Rule - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/
SNAAP - Special Needs Advisory & Activities Project
SNAAP is unique. They provide an extensive range of services to children with every kind of disability, aged from 0-19 years, in partnership with parents. The focus of the services is upon all of the child’s needs including educational, social, developmental and emotional. They focus upon the whole family and not just the child with disabilities.
Information Advice & Support Kent (IASK)
We support families of children and young people (0 – 25 years) with special educational needs or disabilities. We hope to empower parents to make informed choices about their children's education and communicate confidently.
IASK Helpline: 03000 41 3000. Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.
Office telephone: 03000 412 412
The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service.
We provide people-friendly information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to anyone who needs assistance - parents, sufferers, teachers or health professionals.
Kent Autistic Trust
A registered charity who provide expertise and experience in supporting people with autism. They provide living, vocational, educational, therapeutic, social, occupational and behavioural support. They promote and represent the needs of people with autism. They provide support for families.
01634 405 168
National Autistic Society
Impartial, confidential advice and support on autism for anyone affected by, or researching autism.
Helpline: 0808 800 410
ANXIETY, DEPRESSION & MENTAL HEALTH
Insight Healthcare – talking therapies
Help people with anxiety, depression and other similar difficulties (low mood, stress panic, anger, phobias, trauma, bereavement, loss relationship difficulties, family problems).
This service Is free, funded by the NHS.
For people aged 18 years or over
0300 555 5555
Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Support for all young carers aged 5 – 18 years, with information, advice, signposting, social activities and individual support.
0300 111 111 0
Practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals.
Helpline: 08452 03 04 05
Eric – The Children’s Continence Charity
A National Charity who support children and their families with continence problems. Helpline, leaflets and information designed especially for children.
Helpline : 0845 370 8088
SUPPORT FOR PARENTS
KAE - Kent Adult Education
Family courses help dads, mums and carers to gain confidence, find out how to support their children’s learning and to improve their own skills – and to have a great time with their children while they’re doing it.
03000 41 2222
CXK run courses for parents of children of all ages.
This 8 week programme, which is designed for parents with children up to the age of one, examines a range of issues around the care and support that they require, as well as providing advice to parents on the promotion of their baby's physical, emotional, social and language development.
This 12 week programme, which is designed for parents of children aged 1-8 years old, addresses significant behaviour issues and promotes strategies to play. Using group discussion, video clips and practice the ultimate aim is to reduce the need for sanction and foster a closer relationship between the child and parent.
Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities
This 13 week course, which is designed for parents of children aged 3-18 years old, covers family roots and values, behaviour management through discipline and aims to reduce anti-social behaviour. Through group discussions, family activities, community speakers and practical hands-on sessions, these sessions are designed to increase community involvement.
Porchlight is a charity which helps vulnerable and isolated people get support with their mental health, housing, education and employment. They provide young people and adults with the advice, guidance and skills to live independently in the future, to play an active role in their local community and to fulfil their potential.
24 hour helpline – 0800 567 76 99