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Parenting

Your job as a parent is one of the most important there is - and unlike many other jobs it doesn’t come with training or a handbook! All parents need advice and guidance at some point when they are bringing up their children and you…

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…

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.

Just for dads (parenting)

Being a dad is a big job. You’re like a hero to your child and there’s no time off. They want you there to steady their bike, help them with homework, play football, read stories and make them laugh. The more you are there for…

Twins and multiple births

So you have just found out you are having twins or more?  First of all - don't panic.  We have the low down on what to expect and how to make sure you have an enjoyable pregnancy and beyond.   For more information please look at…

Parenting Classes

Parenting can be challenging but it can also be fun, rewarding, wonderful and exciting. There is something really special about being a mum or a dad, but there is not a set 'how to parent' guide. However, there are strategies you can try to counteract…

Fostering and adoption

Fostering gives many children a chance to have a brighter future. By choosing to foster a child you will be offering them a home on a temporary basis, as most children will return home after a period of time, but some foster parents offer long…

Lone parents

Being a single parent can be hard work. It can be lonely sometimes - and hard work.  As well as the day-to-day stuff there are all the things two parent families take for granted...not having a second opinion in the middle of the night when…
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