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Sexual exploitation

Child sexual exploitation is a form of abuse which involves children (male and female, of different ethnic origins and of different ages) receiving something in exchange for sexual activity. Perpetrators of sexual exploitation are found in all parts of the country and are not restricted…

Drugs, alcohol and substance misuse

Many parents worry that their children may be smoking, drinking or using drugs.  Prevention is better than cure - don't let your children see you smoke, drink or take drugs - your example is crucial. If you find out that your child has or may…

Domestic Abuse

Everyone has the right to live free from abuse and fear.  If you are experiencing domestic abuse you may feel frightened, alone and confused.  Please know that you are not to blame and you are not alone. Help and support is available. Domestic abuse can be threatening…

Babysitting

All parents deserve some time-out from the kids, to enjoy the company of their partner (you might actually get to finish a conversation!), have an uninterrupted meal (cooked by someone else, of course) or just a nice glass of wine at the pub. But not…

Looked after children (children in care)

What does “looked after children” mean? The term “Looked After” was introduced by the Children Act 1989 and refers to children and young people: under the age of 18 who live away from their parents or family are supervised by a social worker from the…

Advice on becoming a single parent (Family Lives)

Becoming a single parent can be a very overwhelming and stressful time in your life as you face having to raise your children on your own without the support from your partner. Most of us don’t plan to bring up children on our own but…

LGBT families

If you are seeking support and information to help you and your family there are various local and national organisations providing information, support and referral services for lesbians and gay men from all backgrounds throughout the UK.   LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender.

Your child's development

On this page you will find some useful information on your child's development, including details of services available, related guidance pages and quick links to helpful websites.

Things to do for families

There are a wide range of activities for children and young people to do in and around Redbridge. For toddlers there are activities that mums and dads can also join in and for children of primary school age there are activities where you can simply drop…

Young parents

Raising a child is never easy - but it can be especially hard when you are a young parent and your friends are having fun and only have themselves to worry about. There may be times when you are struggling and need support or simply want…
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