If you are a parent or carer, we hope you will find the web links below useful.
Childline is a safe, confidential place for children with no one else to turn to. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, you can contact Childline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year on 0800 1111 or through the one-to-one chat on their website.
Childline has a huge online community where you can get support from other children on message boards, as well as resources to help you through any issue you are concerned about.
The Children’s Commissioner’s Help at Hand team can offer free support, advice, and information if you are:
-living away from home
-working with children’s services
This is to help you with any challenges you are experiencing. You can call the team for free on 0800 528 0731 or find more information on the Children’s Commissioner’s website.
- Always Heard provides advice and advocacy for looked after children, care leavers and young people on the edge of care from 0 to 25 years old. If you need advice or advocacy services, you can get in touch for free on 0808 800 5792. Always Heard is provided through Coram Voice, and funded by the Department for Education.
Mental Health Support
www.italk.org.uk - counselling support and courses
Christians Against Poverty - offer financial support and advice
YOUNG MINDS - having conversations guidance https://www.youngminds.org.uk/media/tv2gclvu/conversation-with-parents.pdf
Home-Start UK is a leading family support charity. They offer support and practical help to families and children facing challenges around mental and physical health, isolation, disability, post-natal depression, money problems and more. More information can be found on their website www.Home-Start.org.uk
A referral can be made to the Early Help Hub through your child’s school. The Early Help Hub provides support for the whole family and will discuss your concerns with you, offer advice and suggest the relevant support for you and your family. We have enclosed a leaflet for more information.
Supporting Families in Hampshire provide practical help to families to stop problems getting worse. They ask families about the things that are important to them, about the things that might help and can be done to support them. More information can be found on their website: www.Hants.gov.uk/Supporting-Families or they can be contacted on: 01962 847 773 or Supporting.Families@hants.gov.uk
Family Support Service (FSS). The FSS offer single session appointments, courses and one to one work to support families of children and young people aged 0-18yrs with difficulties that are impacting on their lives. You can ask your health visitor, nursery or school to fill in a FSS Level 2 RFS form. This must be signed by both the parent(s) and professional referring.
The Children’s Wellbeing Support Service provides early intervention and support for parents of children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs which can present in a similar way to Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attachment Disorder, anxiety and poor emotional wellbeing. Referrals to this service have to be made by a health professional such as your GP. We have attached a copy of the referral form to the GP's copy of this letter. Please can you speak to your GP and ask them to complete the form and refer to the service.
ChatHealth confidential text messaging service with a school nurse to support ages 11-19 in Hampshire on 07507332160 (Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.30pm excluding bank holidays)
Kooth is a free, anonymous online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service for young people aged 11-25 years in Hampshire
Shout provides free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support for anyone struggling to cope. Text HANTS to 85258t ages 11-19 in Hampshire on 07507 332160 (Mon-Fri 8:30am-4.30pm excluding bank holidays)
Health for Kids and Health for Teens provide age-appropriate information and links to local support on keeping your body and mind healthy. These sites would also be useful for parents, and Health for Kids has a specific parents section
Self Harm Support Hub provides information and peer support for parents/carers supporting a child or young person who self-harms
Free monthly parent and carer sessions run by Hampshire Parent & Carer Network, and supported by Hampshire CAMHS, in-person (across Hampshire districts) and on Zoom. For further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org