You can access further information and help via Family Rights Group’s free, specialist advice line, website and discussion boards. You can find out more about each of those services and how to access them on the Advice service page.
If you need advocacy support, there is information about to access indirect and self-advocacy support as part of our Young Parents Project on the Advocacy support page.
Other places to get help or support
There are other useful services and organisations providing support and advice to young parents, some of these are listed below.
If you or your child is affected by domestic violence remember, you will find:
- Useful information and answers to some frequently asked questions on the Domestic Violence page
- Details of specialist domestic violence services that can offer further advice and support on the Where to get further help page on the main Family Rights Group website.
This service provides help, support and advice to children in care and young care leavers so that they can unleash their potential and take control of their lives. They offer a free telephone advice line as well as an email advice service and online information.
- Freephone: 0800 023 2033
- Website: becomecharity.org.uk
- Online advice: becomecharity.org.uk/help-advice/get-informed/
Child Law Advice
This service provides legal advice and information on family, child and education law affecting children and families. It is provided via a website featuring how to guides and information pages. An intensive support telephone line is also available for complex matters and clarifying questions and is open 8.00am to 8.00pm Monday to Friday.
- If you are calling about family or child law telephone: 0300 330 5480
- If you are calling about education law telephone: 0300 330 5485
- Website: childlawadvice.org.uk
This is an independent organisation providing free, confidential and impartial advice. Their goal is to help everyone find a way forward, whatever problem they face. This may be money, benefits, housing, or employment problems. You may be facing a crisis, or just considering your options. Online advice is available on the Citizens Advice website. They also have a national phone service called Adviceline. This is available in Wales for people who live or work there and is being rolled out in England:
- For England telephone: 03444 111 444
- For Wales telephone: 03444 77 20 20
- TextRelay users should telephone: 03444 111 445
- Website: citizensadvice.org.uk
Civil Legal Advice (CLA)
This is a free and confidential advice service run on behalf of the government and available Mondays to Friday, 9am to 8pm and Saturday 9am to 12.30pm. It provides information and legal advice directly to the public on common legal issues; helps people work out if they are eligible for free legal advice from a solicitor; and helps them find a solicitor.
- Telephone: 0345 345 4345
- Minicom: 0345 609 6677
- Text ‘legalaid’ and your name to 80010 to ask CLA to call you back. This costs the same as a normal text message.
- Website: gov.uk/civil-legal-advice
This is a charity that provides practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across England. Services include family centres offering playgroups, contact centres and specialist work with children and families facing a range of issues including physical and mental health problems.
- Telephone: 020 7254 6251
- Website: family-action.org.uk
Families Need Fathers
This is a charity supporting all parents, dads, mums and grandparents to have personal contact and meaningful relationships with children following parental separation. They offer information, advice and support services to help parents to achieve a positive outcome for their children. They have a forum through which experienced volunteers answer questions and they also have a telephone helpline which is open 9am - 10pm Monday - Friday, 10am - 3pm weekends. Some of their UK branches offer the pro-bono (free) guidance of solicitors and others familiar with the operation of the family courts.
- Telephone helpline: 0300 0300 363
- Website: fnf.org.uk
This is a UK family support charity. Home-Start volunteers help families with young children deal with the challenges they face. They support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. Families struggling with post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, bereavement and many other issues receive the support of a volunteer who will spend around two hours a week in a family’s home supporting them in the ways they need. Home-Starts across the UK also support families in groups, hold day trips and Christmas parties and help access local services, as well as lots of other support.
- Website: home-start.org.uk
- To search for your nearest Home-Start go to: home-start.org.uk/find-your-nearest-home-start
Just For Kids Law
Just for Kids Law delivers holistic, client-led support to children and young people in London from crisis to stability and onwards into independence. Their young parent advocates can provide direct advocacy support to young parents in London, up to the age of 25 years through their Supporting Young Parents Project. The service can provide support in relation to different issues including: children’s services, housing problems; debt and welfare, regularising immigration status.
- Telephone: 0203 174 2279
- Website: justforkidslaw.org
Romsey Mill, Young Parents Programme
This services supports mothers under the age of 20, and fathers up to the age of 25 in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire. It provides intensive personal, educational and parenting support to young parents. The programme includes home visits and one-to-one support and support to integrate into local community groups. They offer one-to-one and group support for young fathers about becoming and being a dad, looking after babies and arranging to see your child.
- Telephone: 01223 566021
- Website: romseymill.org/young-parents
St Michael’s Fellowship
St Michael’s Fellowship works with disadvantaged families in London and the south east to improve their lives and futures and to secure the best possible future for their children. They run an outreach service in the London Borough of Lambeth for young mothers and fathers aged up to 24 years old. They also run a young parents group, a group for young mothers who have experienced domestic violence and a dedicated fathers’ service which can support fathers in respect of a range of issues include childbirth and male parenting roles..
- Telephone: 020 8835 9570
- Website: stmichaelsfellowship.org.uk
Working With Men (WWM)
This is a charity that supports positive male activity, engagement and involvement and supports young men in London. WWM has expertise in the challenges and solutions in working with boys and men who are socially or economically disadvantaged, marginalised or isolated to help them achieve their full potential. They run programmes for fathers and fathers to be.
- Telephone: 0207 237 5353 / 0207 394 9333
- Online enquiries: workingwithmen.org/contact
Voices from Care, Cymru
Voices from Care, Cymru (VCV) is a charity representing the views, rights and experiences of young people who are, or have been, looked after children in Wales. VFC provides help to assist young parents (and other young people) in relation to accessing education, housing, resolving homelessness, addressing money/benefit difficulties, accessing support from children’s services and gaining access to their own children’s services files. Their advice and advocacy service can support young parents in meetings in relation to their child as well as in relation to their own pathway plans.
- Telephone: 02920 451431
- Website: voicesfromcarecymru.org.uk