Parenting and Families

Action for Prisoner’s and Offenders Families

Promotes the just treatment of families by the prison system; provides a nationwide network of support services to prisoners' families; offers a helpline to anyone with a relative or friend in prison in England or Wales.

Offenders Families website: http://www.offendersfamilieshelpline.org 

Helpline:
0808 808 2003 (freephone including mobiles) if you need to speak to someone.
Open Monday - Friday 9am-8pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm.

Website:
www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


Children England

Umbrella group for the voluntary sector operating in England. Ensures the safety and well-being of children through the voluntary sector's contribution. Provides information and consultation, and represents the views of its member organisations to central, regional and local government. The website has a very useful wide range of links to its numerous member websites.

Telephone: 0207 833 3319

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Website: www.childrenengland.org.uk


Children in Wales

Children in Wales is the national umbrella organisation for those working with children and young people in Wales.  A membership body; it collect and disseminate information about children and young people’s issues; offers policy services; organises training courses, events and conferences; co-ordinates campaigns and  research projects; provide consultancy services and co-ordinates specialist forums and networks across Wales.  

Telephone: (029) 2034 2434

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Website: www.childreninwales.org.uk
Gwefan: www.plantyngnghymru.org.uk


Families Need Fathers

Provides information and support to parents and carers of either sex. Is chiefly concerned with maintaining a child's relationship with both parents following family breakdown.

Helpline: 0300 0300 363  
Open Monday - Friday 6pm - 10pm

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Website: www.fnf.org.uk


Family Action

Provides social work support and grants to some of the poorest families. Helps children to have fun and excitement, lone parents to make friends, and those with mental illness to rebuild their lives.

Website: www.family-action.org.uk


Family Lives

National charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life via a helpline, online services and local services.

Parentline: (freephone) 0808 800 2222
Open Monday - Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm.

Website: www.familylives.org.uk


Family Matters Institute

Charity involved in research, training and resourcing organisations & individuals working with children, young people and families. 

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Website: www.familymatters.org.uk

DadTalk website: www.DadTalk.co.uk


Family and Childcare Trust

A centre of expertise on families, parenting and daycare in the UK, the Trust carries out research and policy work and works to inform policymakers and public debate, develops practice resources to promote the well-being of families and manages the network of local Family Information Services.

Find your local Family Information Service: http://findyourfis.familyandchildcaretrust.org/kb5/findyourfis/home.page 

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Website: http://www.familyandchildcaretrust.org 


The Fatherhood Institute

Provides the UK information centre on fatherhood through newsletters, training information, policy updates, research summaries and guides.

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Website: www.fatherhoodinstitute.org


Gingerbread

Offers a range of services for lone parent families throughout England and Wales: a telephone helpline, membership, training and learning opportunities, free publications and campaigning work.

Helpline: 0808 802 0925
Open Mondays: 10am - 6pm
Tuesday/Thursdays/Fridays-10am - 4pm
Wednesdays: 10am-1pm and 5pm - 7pm.

Website: www.gingerbread.org.uk


Grandparents Plus

Works to raise the profile of grandparents and the extended family as providers of essential care; and to establish policy and good practice in the support of grandparents and the extended family in caring for children, especially vulnerable children. Shares this with policy makers, practitioners and the public.

Advice and Information: 0300 123 7015
Open Monday - Friday 10am-3pm.

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Website:
www.grandparentsplus.org.uk


Grannynet

Supported by childcare guru, Miriam Stoppard, grannynet  offers members an interactive forum and blog, as well as articles on a wide range of relevant topics.  

Website: www.grannynet.co.uk


Home-Start UK

Trains volunteer parents to provide support to parents and carers who are struggling and looking after at least one child under five. Home-Start is available in nearly all parts of the UK. You can find your local Home-Start through the website or by contacting the head officeinformation line.

Telephone information line flor local services: 0800 068 6368 (free from landlines. Charges from mobiles may vary).
Open Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm, Saturday: 9am - 12pm.

Website: www.home-start.org.uk


National Association of Child Contact Centres

Promotes safe child contact through child contact centres. These are places where children of separated families can spend time with parents and other family members when there are no other viable options.

Information Line: 0845 450 0280
Landline (Cheaper for mobiles): 0115 948 4557
Open Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

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Website: www.naccc.org.uk


The National Children's Bureau

Promotes the voice, interests and well-being of children and young people in England and Northern Ireland. The website has information on a very useful range of topics that link to many other useful sites.

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Website: www.ncb.org.uk


Netmums

Online parenting organisation providing help and support on all aspects of family life. Links to local Netmums sites provide information and support in your area.

Website: http://www.netmums.com


Parenting UK

Membership body for those working with parents.

Website: www.parentinguk.org


Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT)

Pact is a national charity which supports people affected by imprisonment. They provide practical and emotional support to prisoners' children and families, and to prisoners themselves.

Pact provides services in 50 prisons across England and Wales. This includes Family Support Caseworkers, Visitors' Centres, children's play, tea bars, relationship and children education courses and resettlement projects.

Freephone Helpline: 0808 803 3444

Open Monday to Friday:10am - 5pm.

Website: www.prisonadvice.org.uk


Single Parent Action Network (SPAN)

SPAN is an organisation aiming to empower one parent families throughout the UK. It provides on-line services to single parents through a dedicated website.

Website for single parents: www.onespace.org.uk

Website: www.spanuk.org.uk

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