St Mary's Catholic Primary School

This is our school, let peace dwell here

St Mary's Catholic Primary School

This is our school, let peace dwell here


Advice and Support Links for Families

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



Parent connection

  • 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.





Social Services

Worried about a child?


If the child is in immediate danger, call the emergency services using 999.


If you are worried about the safety of a child or young person please contact the Central Duty Team on 03000 41 11 11 or to make a referral.

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





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.


  • Email:

  • 01227 367555


Information Advice & Support Kent (IASK)




  • 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



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


Young Minds

Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.



Young Carers

  • Support for all young carers aged 5 – 18 years,  with information, advice, signposting, social activities and individual support.


  • 0300 111 111 0



Winston’s Wish



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



KAE - Kent Adult Education


CXK run courses for parents of children of all ages.

  • Incredible Babies  

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. 


  • Incredible Years

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