Family Support

Please contact Charlotte Gunning, our parent support advisor, on 01892 833 654 or 07702 881387 to discuss any issues or concerns with your child or family.

Below are a list of organisations that Charlotte can support referrals to if you are having any trouble accessing yourself.

NSPCC logo

www.nspcc.org.uk

ChildLine logo

www.childline.org.uk

Both the NSPCC and Childline provide information and advice for all aspects of childhood and adolescent life. They offer support to families and children with worries or concerns.

Barnardos logo

www.barnardos.org.uk

Supporting children, young people and their families. Help to get back to school, parenting advice, mental health and counselling, coping with family stress and more.

See, Hear Respond.www.barnardos.org.uk/see-hear-respond

A new service funded by Department of Education helping identify and support children, young people and families who are struggling to cope with the impact of coronavirus.

Cygnet Parenting Support Programme.www.barnardos-parenting.org.uk

A parenting programme for parents and carers of children and young people aged 5-18 with an autistic spectrum condition.

Kent Young Carers logo

www.imago.community/Children-and-Young-People/Kent-Young-Carers

Kent Young Carers is the countywide service for Young Carers aged 5-18 across Kent. Young Carers are taking on caring responsibilities for a family member with a long-term illness, disability, mental health or substance misuse issue.

KYC works with schools, communities, and statutory and voluntary agencies to identify hidden young carers. Following assessment, KYC offer a range of short-term interventions including signposting, one-to-one support, in school support and workshops.

Family Lives logo

0808 800 2222 / askus@familylives.org.uk

Family Lives offers parenting support and advice from early years to adolescent.

Kooth Logo

www.kooth.com

Kooth is an online mental well-being site that focuses on support for children 10 – 18 and offers various support avenues.

Paddock Wood Community Advice Centre logo

01892 838619 / info@pwadvice.org

Paddock Wood Community Advice Centre provide free and confidential advice on a wide range of issues.

Foodbank:

The Community Store House logo

Open Tuesdays 13:00 – 15:00 and Thursdays 9:30 – 11:30 Please contact 07582 142 948 for a referral

KSAS (Kent Support and Assistance Service) KSAS may be able to help if you are having serious difficulties managing your income due to a crisis or if you are facing exceptional pressures because of an emergency.

www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/care-and-support/benefits/home-essentials-in-a-crisis

Domestic Abuse Support:

DAVSS (Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Service) logo

Helpline: 01892 570538 (10am – 4pm weekdays)

Freedom Programme. www.freedomprogramme.co.uk Online and face to face Freedom Programmes for Women, Men, and Children. Helps identify signs of domestic abuse.

Physical and Emotional Health:

School Health (Kent) Support for children and young people aged 4 – 19 including those who do not attend school. Offering education support, emotional health and wellbeing. www.kentcht.nhs.uk

Headspace www.headspace.com Support with being kind to your mind, feeling less stressed, more resilient and happier. Mindfulness App

HIS – Help Information Support for Men www.hischarity.org.uk Men are often brought up with unrealistic expectations that they have to be strong and in control. When things go wrong in life, as they often do, negative feelings can spiral out of control and they have no way of coping with these new feelings. Support services for men.

Beat Eating Disorders https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/support-services Beat are there to support people who have or are worried they have an eating disorder, as well as others affected, such as friends and family members.

Rape and Sexual Abuse:

Family Matters. Support Services and advice for victims of Rape and Sexual Abuse. www.familymattersuk.org Family Matters Counselling Service has been created to provide skilled help for children and adults who are experiencing difficulty with physical and mental scars due to sexual abuse and rape.

Family Support for Children with Additional/Special Needs:

Family Support Information Service www.katfamilysupport.co.uk/ Provides information, advice, support and training to individuals, families/carers and professionals affected by Autism.

Kent Autistic Trust www.kentautistictrust.org Support for Autism

IASK – Information, Advice and Support Kent (IASK) www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/special-educational-needs/who-to-contact/Information-Advice-and-Support-Kent Supporting families of children and young people 0 – 25 with special educational needs or disabilities, providing advice, advocacy services, providing information, preparing paperwork, provide independent support for the SEN process and annual reviews.

Bereavement Support:

Slide Away logo

www.slideaway.org

Holding On…Letting Go       www.holdingonlettinggo.org.uk

Cruse Bereavement – 01732 353 575

Hope Again is a youth website to Cruse Bereavement and offers a safe place for youth people to learn to cope with loss and grief. 

www.hopeagain.org.uk

Help is at Hand.  www.supportaftersuicide.org.uk Support after someone may have died by suicide.  A guide dedicated to those grieving the death of someone they love.  

Victim Support www.victimsupport.org.uk  If you’ve been a victim or a witness to a crime and need support, trained supporters are available 24/7.