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Parenting

As a loving parent, you naturally want to protect your children from the sadder aspects of life. But when there’s a divorce or a separation on the horizon, your children are bound to be affected.

They’ll have a thousand questions, not all of which you can answer, as well as a head full of conflicting emotions, fears and loyalties.

We’ll do everything we can to reduce the impact on your children, but you may want to seek additional help from organisations that specialise in supporting families in troubled times – whether the issue is domestic abuse, addiction, divorce, separation, access or housing.

So we’ve put together the links below to organisations that can offer you specialist help and advice on family issues and parenting. We hope you find them useful.

ADDICTION

Alcoholics Anonymous
0845 769 7555
Help for people who think they have a problem with alcohol. 10am-10pm.

Drinkline
0800 917 8282
Help to callers worried about their own drinking and support to the family of people who are drinking. Helpline: 9am-11pm, Monday to Friday.

Al-Anon/Alateen
0207 403 0888 (24 hours)
Offers hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics or young people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.

Release
0845 450 0215
Services dedicated to meeting the health, welfare and legal needs of drugs users and those who live with them. Legal helpline 11am–1pm Monday to Friday. Drugs helpline 11am–1pm and 2pm–4pm Monday to Friday.

Narcotics Anonymous
0845 373 3366
Recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. 24-hour telephone helpline.

FRANK helpline
0800 77 6600
Advice and information for young people about drugs. Free, confidential advice and information about counselling and specialist drug services 24 hours a day.

Addiction Advisor
0845 370 0102
Free advice from qualified psychologists, doctors and counsellors.

Families Anonymous
0845 1200 660
National helpline offers free support to anyone affected by the drug abuse of a family member. Nationwide self-help groups are available.

Gamblers Anonymous
0207 384 3040
Helpline offers advice for compulsive gamblers and their families. Details of regional group meetings and free downloadable magazine available on website.

Gamanon
0870 050 8880
Organisation offering meetings for families affected by a gambling problem. Support meetings are available in most areas.

Gamcare
0845 6000 133
Provides support, information and advice to anyone suffering because of a compulsive gambling problem. Helpline open 8am-midnight, seven days a week. Live online advice also available.

Gambling Therapy
01384 241 292
Free online advice service for those adverselyaffected by gambling.

CHILDREN

Childline
0800 1111
Confidential and free 24-hour helpline for children and young people.

NSPCC Helpline
0808 800 5000
Help and advice about children’s welfare. Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm.

DOMESTIC ABUSE

Women’s Aid
0808 2000 247
Offers a free 24 hour phone National Domestic Violence Helpline as well as an online guide ‘The Survivors Handbook’ available as a PDF download. Children may also benefit from visiting their kids’ website called ‘The Hideout’. Provides a list of regional centres and services – see the Domestic Abuse Directory on the home page.

MALE (Men’s advice line and enquiries)
0808 801 0327
Support and advice for male victims of domestic violence, information for their families and for men who want to change their violent and abusive behaviour. Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm.

Shelter – England | Shelter – Wales
0808 800 4444
Practical help for victims of homelessness. 8am to midnight seven days a week.

Refuge
0808 2000 247
Works in partnership with Women’s Aid to provide advice and support to anyone experiencing domestic violence. Provides safe, emergency accommodation throughout the UK. Website offers a useful help for children section.

Everyman Project
0207 263 8884
Offers counselling and support to men who want to change their violent or abusive behaviour. Helpline open Tues and Weds 6.30pm–9pm.

Southall Black Sisters
0208 571 9595
Resource centre based in London providing a service for women who are experiencing violence or abuse. Offers advice, group therapy and counselling, including in Hindi and Urdu

FEELINGS

Mental Health Foundation
0207 803 1101
Order information on emotional or mental health issues.

Samaritans
08457 909090
Confidential emotional support, 24 hours a day, for people in despair or distress.

FINANCES

Money Advice Service
020 7943 0500
Unbiased financial advice.

HEALTH

NHS Direct
0845 4647
Round-the-clock health advice and information.

HOUSING

Shelter
0808 800 4444
Help for the homeless from 8am to Midnight every day of the week.

PARENTING

Families Need Fathers
0300 0300 363
Free advice about contact between fathers and children. Available from Monday to Friday from 6pm to 10pm.

Family Lives
0808 800 2222
24-hour confidential advice on all aspects of family life.