Links of interest for families


The International Network for School Attendance (INSA) promotes school attendance and responds to school attendance problems.


Winston’s Wish – supports children and young people after a death.

Helpline: 08088 020 021


Contact – for families with disabled children.

MENCAP – support for people with learning disabilities.

Scope – support for children and families with disabilities.

Domestic Abuse

Experiencing domestic abuse?

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

Telephone: 0808 2000 247


Provision of a healthy breakfast for families in financial hardship.

Ideas for healthy breakfast and food choices.

Advice for schools.


An approach to help girls between the ages of 8 and 18 navigate friendships.


Information, advice and guidance on renting, arrears, eviction, tenancy, repairs, Council Tax, mortgage problems, homelessness.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Young Minds – supporting children and young people with mental health needs.

Need to talk with someone?



Money and budgeting.

Money Advice Service

Positive Activities for Young People

Future Youth Zone – activities and support for young people aged 8 to 19, up to 25 with a disability.

020 3941 6722


Support and information for professionals:

National Information Centre on Children of Offenders (NICCO) provides information and support service to professionals who come into contact with the children and families of offenders, also provides information for strategic development and commissioning family services.

Support for children with a parent in prison:

Barnardos offers training and community support and in prisons to help maintain contact and support family relationships.

Reading and Literacy

Book Trust – National Charity that supports and develops a love of reading.


NSPCC – supporting children suffering domestic violence and neglect.

Childline – support for children that covers a range of areas from bullying, personal feelings, relationships, families, school and many more areas.

School Exclusions

Information about when a child can be excluded and the obligations of the school to review an exclusion and the right to appeal an exclusion.


Mermaids – charity that supports children, families and professionals in regards to transgender children and young people.

Stonewall – charity that supports all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.

Single Parent Families

Gingerbread – charity that supports single parent families through advice, guidance and local support.


Bowel or bladder support for children and teenagers.