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National Organisations
Supporting Children, Parents and Families

We have compiled this list of organisations that support Children, Parents, Grandparents and Families in general. We hope it may be useful however we do not have the resources to check or validate them - we make no recommendations or endorsements. - Please be wary of giving your personal details to any website or organisation.

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Action for Children Action for Children supports and speaks out for the UK's most vulnerable, disadvantaged and neglected children and young people, for as long as it takes.
   
Action on Addiction the only charity working across the addiction field in research, prevention, treatment, professional education, support for families and children and campaigns.
   
Action For Kids (AFK) A national charity working with children and young people with physical and learning disabilities and their parents and carers
   
Addaction Addaction is one of the UK’s largest specialist drug and alcohol treatment charities
   
Adfam Our mission is to improve the quality of life for families affected by drug and alcohol use.
   
Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) We provide the information, support and high-quality advice that parents need to help their children at school, particularly where there are problems.
   
Alliance for Inclusive Education - Allfie We are a national network led by disabled people and supported by allies that include parents, educators and Head Teachers. The Alliance has campaigned successfully, over the last 15 years, to remove the legal conditions which have served to limit the rights of children with Special Educational Needs to secure a supported mainstream placement
   
Asthma UK We exist to reduce the impact of asthma on people’s lives. We have invested over £50 million into research into better treatments and into ultimately finding a cure
   
Barnardo’s Whatever the issue from drug misuse to disability; youth crime to mental health; sexual abuse to domestic violence; child poverty to homelessness; Barnardo’s believes we can bring out the best in every child. .
   
BeatBullying Bullying help and advice for young people - Information about bullying for parents and professionals
   
Carers Direct Free, confidential information and advice for carers. - Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines and mobiles or you can request a free
   
Care for the Family Care for the Family is a national charity which aims to promote strong family life and to help those who face family difficulties.
   
Child Accident Prevention Trust We give free child safety advice to parents and carers on our website, as well as online quizzes and activities on popular safety topics.
   
Child Bereavement Charity The UK’s leading national organisation that supports families and provides training to professionals across the entire spectrum of child bereavement
   
ChildLine ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people. If you are an adult and are worried about a child, please contact the Helpline 0800 1111
   
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. That means we are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces.
   
Child Poverty Action Group CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.
   
Circles Network Working with people of any age who are isolated or at risk of isolation, this organisation has ground breaking expertise in the development of Circles of Support, Independent and Collective Advocacy, Person Centred Planning and Inclusion into the mainstream of life
   
Combat Stress The leading charity for British Veterans with mental health problems
Combat Stress 24-hour Helpline 0800 138 1619
   
Contact a Family We are the only UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children.
   
DadTalk DadTalk is a community of men championing fatherhood and exploring what it is to be a dad in 21st Century Britain
   
Daycare Trust Daycare Trust is the national childcare charity. We have been working since November 1986 to promote high quality affordable childcare for all.
   
Disabled Parents Network Disabled Parents Network (DPN) is a national organisation for disabled people who are parents or who hope to become parents and their families, friends and supporters.
   
DrugFAM supports families affected by a loved one’s use of drugs or alcohol. Whilst we work with individual family members and carers rather than the user we focus on ‘whole family recovery’ Telephone Support line 0845 3883853
   
Family Action England's leading family charity and our services help over 45,000 disadvantaged children and families every year.
   
Family Lives Family Lives is here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week through our free Parentline. You can call us about any family issue, big or small. .
   
Fatherhood Institute The Fatherhood Institute’s vision is a society that gives all children a strong and positive relationship with their father and any father-figures; supports both mothers and fathers as earners and carers; and prepares boys and girls for a future shared role in caring for children.
   
FFLAG ( Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) FFLAG is a national voluntary organisation and registered charity. We are dedicated to supporting parents and their lesbian, gay and bisexual daughters and sons.
   
Gingerbread We provide advice and practical support for single parents. Expert advisers answer our helpline, this website is packed full of useful information
   
Grandparents As Parents (GAP) We are the only independent , campaign group for all full time kinship carers: Gap is purely a campaign group with no ties to any government agency: we are not a charity: neither do we get funding from any source. This keeps us autonomous, with no political party pulling the strings
   
Grandparents' Association The Grandparents' Association, the national charity which supports all grandparents and their families. We not only celebrate the joys of grandparenting, but our helpline and our expert advice is there to help you, whatever your problem.
   
Grandparents Plus National charity which champions the vital role of grandparents and the wider family in children’s lives - especially when they take on the caring role in difficult family circumstances.
   
GrowingKids GrowingKids was formed to offer a unique reference point on information and advice for parents of growing kids.
   
Home-Start Home-Start supports almost 73,000 vulnerable children across the UK. Last year, our 16,000 volunteers gave a million hours of support to their families. We help them cope with post-natal illness, isolation, bereavement, disability, domestic violence and much more.
   
Hyperactive Children's Support Group The Hyperactive Children's Support Group is a registered charity which has been successfully helping ADHD/Hyperactive children and their families for over 30 years. The HACSG is Britain's leading proponent of a dietary approach to the problem of hyperactivity.
   
Internet Watch Foundation the UK Hotline for reporting criminal online content - Child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world - Criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK - Non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK
   
KeyRing KeyRing's support is based on people living in their own homes but sharing their skills and talents with each other and with their communities.
   
KIDS KIDS vision is a world in which all disabled children and young people realise their aspirations and their right to an inclusive community which supports them and their families.
   
Kidscape Kidscape works UK-wide to provide individuals and organisations with practical skills and resources necessary to keep children safe from harm.
   
Mosac a voluntary organisation supporting all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused. We provide various types of support services and information for parents, carers and professionals dealing with child sexual abuse.
   
Mothers 35 Plus Mothers 35 Plus is the UK's leading website devoted to 'late motherhood' and has been online since 1998. Whether you are about to have your first, second or tenth baby, if you are an older mother or want to be an older mother this is the place to be!
   
National Association for Gifted Children Welcome to the website of the National Association for Gifted Children. NAGC works with the whole family to support the child who is gifted and talented. We hope this website helps you with the support you need.
   
National Children's Bureau NCB is the leading national charity which supports children, young people and families and those who work with them.
   
NCT (also known as the National Childbirth Trust) We help over a million mums and dads each year through pregnancy, birth and early days of parenthood. We offer antenatal and postnatal courses, local support and reliable information to help all parents.
   
Netbuddy Netbuddy is full of handy tips and bright ideas from parents, carers, teachers and therapists with experience of learning disability.
   
Network 81 We are a national network of parents working towards properly resourced inclusive education for all children with special needs.
   
NSPCC We run a wide range of services for both children and adults, including national helplines and local projects..
   
PAPYRUS National charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. “We help young ppl with suicidal thoughts and support the family / friends of them”
   
Parent Pages The Parent Pages online directory is a publication updated several times a day – a package of information, news and events sourced from the council, voluntary and commercial sectors.
   
Positive Parenting Publications & Programmes (Positive Parenting) We believe that good family life depends on confident parents. Our aims are to: - provide support to mums and dads throughout the UK through courses and information - provide training for the parenting workforce - and work with others in the community, like schools, health workers, faith groups, who also want to support families in their local areas
   
Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years PACEY - promote best practice and support childcare professionals to deliver high standards of care and learning.
   
Rainbow Trust Children's Charity Provides emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.
   
Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity exists to grant the wishes of children who are living with serious or life-threatening illnesses between the ages of 3-18 who live in the United Kingdom.
   
Rape Crisis
(England and Wales)
the national umbrella organisation for Rape Crisis Centres across the country - freephone helpline 0808802 9999 12 - 2.30pm 7 - 9.30pm
   
Shelter a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing - giving advice, information and advocacy to people in housing need.
   
Single Parent Action Network SPAN is a uniquely diverse organisation empowering one parent families throughout the UK. We value the vital contributions of one parent families in society.
   
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) We help and support those who serve in our Armed Forces and those who used to serve - even if it was only for a single day. We also care for the families of both.
   
The Children's Society A Christian charity committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including safeguarding children in care and young runaways.
   
The Compassionate Friends TCF is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents who have suffered the death of a child/children.
   
The National Association of Widows The National Association of widows is run by the widowed for the widowed - men and women.
   
Together Trust At the Together Trust we believe everybody deserves an equal chance in life. There are no exceptions
   
Turning Point Turning Point is the UK's leading health and social care organisation. We provide services for people with complex needs, including those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, mental health problems and those with a learning disability
   
UK Parents Lounge This is not only a site about changing nappies and choosing the right formula for bottle feeding - it's a place where men and women (although mostly women, it has to be said) can just share advice, have fun, chat and make friends.
   
UK Safer Internet Centre where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet
   
WAY Foundation WAY aims to support young widowed men and women as they adjust to life after the death of their partner – whether that was a month, a year, or ten years ago.
   
When Parents Part This site offers a space to look at young people's experiences when parents part and what helps
   
Young People in Focus. We enable the organisations and individuals that work with young people and their families to improve what they do, by promoting evidence-based practice.
Last updated
Jan 29th 2015