Support for Families

  • Association of British Investigators Tracing service. See also Tracing
  • Both Parents Forever
    Informal organisation giving advice and support for children, parents and grandparents and extended family on rights, children's rights following divorce/separation. Tel 0168 9854343
  • CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service)
    Publications for adults ( including parenting plan) young children, older children and young people.
    Tel 0844 3534332
  • Child Maintenance Choices - Northern Ireland - www.nidirect.gov.uk/choices - Telephone helpline providing impartial information and support about the different options for child maintenance to those living in Northern Ireland
  • Families Need Fathers
    Families Need Fathers - Provides information & support to parents. National Helpline 0300 0300 363
  • Family Action Provide practical, emotional and financial support for families. Tel: 020 7254 6251 (2pm to 4pm on Wednesday and Thursday only)
  • Family Mediation Helpline
    General info on family mediation. Info and advice on eligibility for public funding. Tel 0845 6026627
  • Family Mediators Association    Tel 01355 244 594
  • Fatherhood Institute
    National Information service for fatherhood and exists to promote close and positive relationships between men and their children. Tel 0845 634 1328
  • Gingerbread
    Main support system for lone parents - self help groups & advice line. Tel 0808 802 0925
  • Grandparents Plus Working with and for grandparents. Has a list of lawyers who will work with grandparents.  Grandparent contact helpline: for those who've lost contact with a grandchild. Tel 0300 033 7015 Monday - Friday 10am - 3pm* Calls to our helpline cost the same as calls to any geographical (01 or 02) phone number, whether you are calling from a landline or a mobile. If you have an inclusive calling plan your free calls will include calls to this number.
  • Homestart UK Support provided to families in their homes. Information Line
  • Lone Parent Helpline
    Information and free publications on the key issues faced by lone parents. Advice on maintenance, benefits, legal rights and childcare. Tel 0800 018 502 (England) 0808 801 0323 (Scotland)
  • Mankind Initiative
    Advice and support for male victims of domestic violence and domestic abuse. Tel 01823 334244
  • Marriage Care
    Helps people prepare for, achieve and sustain successful marriages and provides support if marriages break down. Tel 0207 371 1341
  • Match (Mothers Apart from their Children)
    Self help support for mothers
  • Maypole
    Developed by women who have experienced separation, divorce and the family court system, and want to help other women going through the process now.
  • Money Advice Service Free and impartial money advice.
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline
    National Domestic Violence Helpline run by Women's aid and Refuge - Offers support, help and information (including hostel information). Free 24 hour helpline Tel 0808 2000 247
  • National Family Mediation Association of local family mediation services helping couples resolve contact arrangements for children. Tel 0300 4000 636
  • National Missing Persons Helpline
    Helpline for relatives and friends concerned about missing persons. Freephone for missing persons 0800 700 740
  • Norcap
    Supports adults affected by adoption. Helpline tel 01865 875000
  • NSPCC
    Information and advice for anyone concerned about or risk of child abuse. Helpline 0808 800 5000
  • Only Dads. The web site for dads going through separation or divorce
  • Only Mums. OnlyMums and OnlyDads work in close partnership with professionals nationwide to bring you practical, up-to-date information, guidance and sign-posting on seperation and divorce.
  • Parent Connection  Help for parents who are either going through separation or who are struggling with issues associated with parenting after parting.
  • Parentline Plus
    Offers freephone helpline for those concerned about children they are caring for. 24 hour Helpline Tel 0808 800 2222
  • Prisoners' Family Helpline
    Information and support for anyone with a relative or friend in prison. Tel 0808 808 2003
  • Relate
    Provide education and counselling training programme.Relationship counselling organisation. Tel 0300 100 1234.
  • Reunite
    Practical advice and info on parental child abduction & international custody disputes. Adviceline tel 0116 2556 234
  • Resolution
    Resolution is a group of over 6,500 family lawyers and professionals in England and Wales. It promotes a non-confrontational, constructive approach to resolving family disputes.
  • Safe Networks
    This is a joint partnership between NSPCC and Children England. The Standards are designed to help non-statutory organisations put in place clear safeguarding arrangements for children and young people
  • Salvation Army
    Family Tracing - for children to find family members only, also prison work. Tel 0845 634 4747
  • Samaritans
    Provide confidential emotional support to any person who is in emotional distress or at risk of suicide. Tel 08457 90 90 90
  • Saneline
    Meeting the challenge of mental illness - aims to support anyone affected by mental illness. Tel 0845 767 800.
  • Separated Dads
    Emotional, financial and legal help and support.
  • Shared Parenting Action Network
    Promotes responsibility shared parenting after separation and divorce
  • Single Parent Action Network
    UK wide network of self help groups. Tel 01179514231
  • TimeWith Company connecting people with local counsellors and psychotherapists
  • Tracing: Association of British Investigators
    Look 4 them.Joint initiative of seven organisations set up to give help and advice
  • Tracing - help me find
    Free web based service providing help for families, relations and friends. Confidential service.. details not passed on until security checks are complete.
  • Turn2Us National Charity providing advice on grants and benefits. Also have 'Response Fund' (on application) which offers support if relationship breakdownd is in last 12 months
  • Voices in the Middle. Advice and support for young people whose parents are splitting up. Advice for parents on talking to and supporting teenagers during divorce and separation.
  • Young Minds
    Children/young people’s mental health information service for parents. Tel 0808 802 5544
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