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Parent & Family Support Signposting

 

In the first instance it is always advisable to seek support through school. Your child’s teacher will always be more than happy to discuss any matters which you feel may impact on learning. Alternatively, you can speak to a member of the pastoral or senior leadership team who may be able to support you or make contact with support networks for you.

 

However, if you prefer not to contact school then the following support networks are availble to parents and families:

 

There is information on :

  • Bereavement
  • General Support
  • Bullying
  • Health Issues
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Single Parents
  • Relationship Issues
  • Pregnancy Issues
  • Drugs and Alcohol Issues

 

General

Sandwell Council support for families is available by clicking here. If you do not live in Sandwell, and cannot find contact details for your own local authority, please get in touch with the school who can support you.

 

Samaritans :
08457 909090
An organisation
who offer support to individuals in distress.

 

Childline:

If you are unhappy about anything and would like to talk to someone please call 0800 11 11. There are people there all the time to listen to you.

 

Sandwell Children's Centres:

Information about Childre's Centes is Sandwell is available by clicking here.

 

Children's centres are the delivery mechanism for the Family Offer in Sandwell.  The aim of the service is to deliver better outcomes for children and their families. The service provides timely and co-ordinated support to children, young people and families with additional needs to prevent their problems from escalating.

 

Home Start:
Home-Start is a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times. We are there for parents when they need us the most because childhood can’t wait.

 

Furher information about services available can be found on the website: www.home-start.org.uk.

 

You will find the details of your most local Home Start service on the website above or by telephoning 0116 464 5490.

 

Housing

Shelter:
Support for individuals and families at risk of being homeless.
Tel: 0808 800 4444

http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice

 

Sandwell Council Housing:
www.sandwell.gov.uk/housing

Tel: 0121 368 1166 | Email: customer_services@sandwell.gov.uk
Sandwell Council can support families should you experience housing difficulties

 

Bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. Services are free to bereaved people. The charity provides support and offers information, advice, education and training services.
www.cruse.org.uk

Tel: 0844 477 9400
Email: helpline@cruse.org.uk

 

Winston’s Wish:
Winston’s Wish, the charity for bereaved children, helps young people re-adjust to life after the death of a parent or sibling. By providing professional assistance before, during and after bereavement they help them to better understand the nature of loss and offer the practical support and guidance that many need in order to cope throughout the grieving process.
www.winstonswish.org.uk

Tel: 08088 020 021

 

Bereavement UK
A valuable hub providing bereavement support and information for families.

www.bereavement.co.uk

 

Bereavement Counselling Directory
A comprehensive list of bereavement counselling services.

https://ukhouseclearance.com/bereavement-counsellors-and-groups

 

Bullying

Bullying UK:
Visit the bullying website for support and information.
www.bullying.co.uk

 

Kidscape:
Organisation which offers support to children and families concerned about bullying.

www.kidscape.org.uk

 

Mental Health

Young Minds:
Organisation that supports young people and families who may be worried about mental health issues.
www.youngminds.org.uk

Tel: 0808 802 5544

 

Community Mental Heath Teams:

Information about the support and services available from the Community Mental Health Teams is available by clicking here.

 

MIND:
The National Association for Mental Health -

An association that supports individuals and families experiencing mental health problems.
www.mind.org.uk

Tel: 0300 123 3393

Text: 86463

 

Health

Self harm:

Internet site which supports individuals and families affected by self harming.
www.recoveryourlife.com

 

Alive N Kicking:

Alive ‘N’ Kicking is a successful weight management programme that helps children and young people aged anywhere between five and 19 years of age reach and maintain a healthier weight. Further information is available by clicking here.

 

Eating disorders

BEAT:
Site and helpline which support those affected by eating disorders.
www.b-eat.co.uk

Tel: 0845 634 1414

Youth Helpline: 0345 634 7650

 

Relationship Concerns

Relate:
Nationwide service for those needing support with relationship issues. This can mean couple counselling, individual counselling and family counselling. There are local counselling centres that can be accessed in the day or evenings.
www.relate.org.uk

Tel: 0300 100 1234

 

National Family Mediation:
An organisation helping families in conflict (especially those divorcing or separating).

www.nfm.org.uk

Tel: 0300 4000 636

 

Family Lives:
Support for families of prisoners or offenders.

www.familylives.org.uk/about/our-services/action-for-prisoners-and-offenders-families

 

CAFCASS:
Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service -

Cafcass champions the interests of children involved in family proceedings, advising the family courts in England on what it considers to be in the best interests of individual children.

www.cafcass.gov.uk

Tel: 0300 456 4000

Email: Telephoneenquiries@cafcass.gsi.gov.uk

 

Black Country Woman's Aid:

Black Country Woman's Ad (BCWA) is an independnt charitywhich has supported survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the West Midlands for 30 years. If you would like to talk to them about support they can offer, click here or call 0121 5530090

 

Victim Support:

Victom Support offers support to those who have been affected by a range of crimes. This includes support for victims (male & female) of domestic abuse. Further information if available by clicking here or by calling 0808 1689 111.

 

Single Parents

Gingerbread:
An organisation that can provide expert advice, practical support and campaign for single parents.
www.gingerbread.org.uk

Tel: 0808 802 0925

 

Single Parent Travel Club:
An organisation which promotes interaction between single parent families via holidays.
www.sptc.org.uk

 

Lone-parents:
Internet site which supports one parent families

www.lone-parents.org.uk

 

Pregnancy

National Childbirth Trust:
An agency whose purpose is to provide support and evidence-based information in pregnancy, birth and early days of parenthood.
www.nct.org.uk 

 

Miscarriage Association:
A website and helpline to offer support to those having experienced a miscarriage.
www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk

Helpline: 01924 200799 (Mon-Fri, 9am - 4pm)

 

British Pregnancy Advisory Service:
BPAS is the leading provider of abortion services in the UK, with a national network of consultation centres and clinics.
www.bpas.org

Tel: 08457 30 40 30

 

Drugs & Alcohol Support
 

PADA:
Parents Against Drug Abuse -

Website and helpline to support parents who may be concerned their children are involved with drugs.
www.pada.merseyside.org

Tel: 08457 023867

 

FRANK:
Charity which supports children and families affected by drugs.
www.talktofrank.com

Tel: 0300 123 6600

 

Alcoholics Anonymous:

A national helpline which supports those having difficulties with or those who are addicted to alcohol.

www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Tel: 0800 9177 650

 

Rehab4Addiction:

A free service available to people who are recovering from drug or alcohol addiction.

www.rehab4addiction.co.uk

Tel: 0800 140 4690

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