Help with parenting

Please note that reference is made here to UK organisations. If you are outside the United Kingdom, please look for similar organisations in your country.

Family Lives – Family and parenting support

Family Lives is a national family support charity. Visit for useful information about all aspects of parenting and family life.  The website also offers parenting videos, online chat forums and parenting courses. The free and confidential helpline gives emotional support, information, advice and guidance: call 0808 800 2222.  You can also email

Family Information Services

Your local Family Information Service can provide information on a wide range of family services including family support, activities in your area, education and childcare.

Your Local Authority

Can help you find housing during your pregnancy. Some local authorities provide specialised accommodation where young mothers can live independently while getting support and advice from trained workers.

Support for children with Special Educational Needs

Different local authorities have their own information about assessment, support plans and the Local Offer for SEND.  You can also ask your GP and your child’s educational setting if you think your child might need additional support.


Provides information and advice on a wide range of topics particularly relevant to single parent families.  Visit or call the free helpline on 0808 802 0925.  They also have local ‘friendship groups’.


A website for information about all aspects of parenting and a lively chat forum community.

Tommy’s Charity

Information about pregnancy and birth; and support for baby loss during pregnancy or the neonatal period. Visit

Help for younger mums

Care to Learn

A scheme to help with childcare costs for young mothers (under 20 years old) in education. Visit


Website offering information and advice to teenage parents and parents-to-be. Visit

Last updated 31 December 2020.  Version 2.0