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Parents useful websites

Parents Protect is an information and resources website for parents and carers

It raises awareness about child sexual abuse, answer any questions you may have and gives the information you need to help to protect children.
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Adoption and Fostering

Adoption UK helps to make adoptions work and promotes loving and supportive relationships between children and their adoptive families.

CoramBAAF is an independent membership organisation for professionals, foster carers and adopters, and anyone else working with or looking after children in or from care, or adults who have been affected by adoption. It is a successor organisation to the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF).



Daisy's Dream supports children and their families, facing or following bereavement, in Berkshire and the surrounding areas.

Winston's Wish helps children rebuild their lives after the death of a parent or sibling, enabling them to face the future with hope. They offer practical support and guidance to families, professionals and anyone concerned about a grieving child.


Breastfeeding Information

The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers is a charity run by mothers for mothers, committed to giving friendly support and supplying accurate information to all women wishing to breastfeed. 

NHS provides information on the benefits of breastfeeding, how to breastfeed, and gives help and tips, including a list of useful numbers for extra support.  NHS benefits of breast feeding


Child Development

The Child Growth Foundation gives information and advice for parents concerned about their child's growth.

ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence) provides advice and information for children, young adults, parents and professionals on bedwetting and soiling. Also sells bedding protection and enuresis alarms. Phone 0845 370 8008.

Childcare and parenting on the .gov website provides information on everything from having a baby and choosing childcare to parents' and children's rights, and things to do in the school holidays.


Internet Safety

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is an advice, help and report centre helping children and young people stay safe online. Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up. Report it to the CEOP.



The Citizen Advice Bureau Reading - CAB has been helping people to resolve their money, legal and other problems since 1939.

CommuniCare is an independent advice centre based in East Reading, but is open to all.

Coram Children’s Legal Centre provides advice on all aspects of family law and on some education issues such as exclusion.

Berkshire Family Mediation BFM
BFM provides information and support to parents going through relationship breakdown and divorce. They offer mediation to help parents sort out disagreements about children, money and housing. They also provide a parenting module for separated parents to help them manage their relationship with their ex. Legal aid is available for mediation and is quicker and cheaper than going to court

Parent Support

Care for the Family is a national charity which aims to promote strong family life and to help those hurting because of family breakdown.

Child Maintenance Options is a new service providing impartial information and support to help both parents make an informed choice about child maintenance. Click here for a leaflet on Child Maintenance facts and support 

Contact advises the parents of disabled children and those with special educational needs.

Counselling Directory is a support network of UK counsellors and psychotherapists, with information on their training and experience, areas of counselling covered, fees and contact details. Search for counsellors in your area.

Cranstoun CDA (Community Drug Agency) Reading is a service which aims to meet the diverse needs of drug and alcohol users and offers the opportunity for people to focus on rebuilding their lives whilst staying in the community.

Family Information Service Weekly is an online newspaper for Family Information Services in all areas. Find news articles and the latest information in important family topics including Education, Health and Leisure.

The Family and Parenting Institute is a charity aiming to improve the wellbeing of children and families in the UK.

Family Lives, formerly Parent Line Plus, offers advice to parents on virtually any issues, both online and through its telephone service.

Family Matters Institute operates the Dad talk online advice and support service specifically for dads.

Family Rights Group provides advice to parents of children on the edge of social care system.

Fatherhood Institute is the national information centre on fatherhood to help harness the full potential of fatherhood with news, training information, policy updates, research summaries and guides for supporting fathers and their families.

Gingerbread provides information and advice to single parents on a wide range of issues, including benefits, both online and through a telephone helpline.

Grandparents plus is the national charity (England and Wales) 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. We do this because we want to make children’s lives better
Home-Start supports parents of children with young children under the age of five years, who are struggling to cope, for whatever reason.

the Mustard Tree is an organisation based in Reading, it seeks to be a voice for those who have no voice and enable the community to speak for itself. Click on the link above to find out more. 

National Childbirth Trust (NCT)  helps parents through pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

Netmums is a well known social networking site that employs specialist such as health visitors in its forum to offer general and one-to-one advice.

The NSPCC's vision is to end cruelty to children in the UK. We campaign to change the law, provide ChildLine and the NSPCC Helpline, offer advice for adult, and much more.

One Plus One operates the Couple Connection and Parent Connection web services to help parents work through their relationship issues together. 

Parent Channel TV is a great new website aimed at both parents, children and young people. It offers support and information on a huge range of topics from Learning and Education to Bullying and Healthy Eating. All information is provided via short film clips. We will regularly be featuring different short films on our website. 
IRiS Inegrating Recovery in Services oversee substance misuse treatment services in Reading Tel: 0118 9567441, email:

Relate offers one-to-one online counselling for parents with specialist therapeutic counsellors.

Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone in the UK and Ireland. The service is available 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. Across the UK you can call Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 for the price of a local call.

Sorting Out Separation this website is for anyone needing help and support after separation, with reliable information, easy to use tools and specialist services on a range of topics.

SureStart is the government programme to deliver the best start in life for every child, bringing together early education, childcare, health and family support.

Together (Reading Your Way (Was Reading Resource Centre)) is a national charity working alongside people with mental health issues on their journey towards independent and fulfilling lives.

Turning Point is a leading health and social care organisation providing services for people with complex needs, including those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, mental health problems and those with a learning disability.

Young Minds provides advice and counselling to the parents of children with mental health or behaviour problems.


Staying Safe

Berkshire Women’s Aid are contacted by over 9,400 men and women fearing or experiencing abuse at home or in a relationship. We can be contacted on our helpline: 0118 950 4003 between 10am-5pm weekdays and a worker can also be reached on this number outside these times in an emergency. 

Fire Kills - essential advice and tips to help prevent fire in your home - and how to make an escape plan, in case fire does break out.

Get Safe Online has lots of information for parents about protecting yourself, your computer, cyber bullying, social network sites and general internet safety.

Accidents to Children in the home is an NHS guide with tips on how to keep your child safe at home and prevent accidents.

SCAS Kids South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (or SCAS for short) is part of the National Health Service (NHS). They receive over 1.5 million emergency and non-emergency calls each year. SCAS have set up a website  which aims to offer advice and information for children, parents and teachers to help them stay safe and healthy in a number of situations.



The Childcare and Parenting area of the .gov website provides information on various aspects of being a working parent including maternity/paternity leave and pay, parental leave and flexible working.

'A Return To Work' provides information and advice for parents looking to return to work. Topics covered include children, redundancy and seeking work.

'Maternity Action' is a charity that offers information to parents about their rights and advises employers about managing pregnant women and new parents.