Support for Parents & Students
Family Lives http://www.familylives.org.uk/
Family Lives offers a confidential and free* helpline service (previously known as Parentline). Please call us on 0808 800 2222 for information, advice, guidance and support on any aspect of parenting and family life, including bullying.
Our helpline service is open 9am – 9pm, Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday.
It also offers on-line parenting courses
Run by Early Intervention Family Workers – suitable for parents who would benefit from “light touch” one off or regular support
For parents of children aged ten and over. Ten weeks of two hour sessions.
Raising Teens is a course aimed at parents of teenagers. It will help you to understand why your teen behaves as they do and how you can deal with their emotions and yours. It will also give you effective strategies which work with teen:
- Emotional and social development
- Behavioural development
- Identity and social development
- Self care skills and independence
- Problem solving
- Anger management
Specialist Parenting Support
What used to be called Parent Partnership Service offers impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers who have a child or young person with special educational needs (SEN) or a disability or have concerns that their child has special educational needs. They also offer impartial and confidential information, advice and support to young people and children with special educational needs (SEN) or a disability or who have concerns they may have special educational needs. http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/pps
Stepping Stones Parenting Courses
Suitable for parents and carers of children aged between two and 12 years old who have special educational needs. There are six weeks of 2.5 hours sessions with three weeks of 30 minute phone calls.
Stepping Stones is a parenting course for parents or caregivers who have behavioural concerns about their child with special educational needs:
- Improved relationships between the young person and their families.
- Manage problem behaviour and developmental issues common in children with additional needs
- Learn new skills to encourage the behaviour you want
- Teach your child new skills
- Planning for the future
Parents can access courses held anywhere in the County. More information about Stepping Stones can be found here:
Information on parenting courses in Cambridgeshire:
PinPoint have been commissioned by Health to provide specialist parenting support for parents with children with ASD and ADHD.
Pinpoint’s monthly support groups at Ely, Histon, Peterborough and Huntingdon in conjunction with our counterparts Family Voice Peterborough help parents and carers who have children with ADHD and Autism with or without a diagnosis.
So if your children are accessing services, are on the waiting list, or have had a referral turned down, come along for practical advice and ideas on how to boost your resilience and work with your children at home and help manage their behaviour.
The groups are co-ordinated by Pinpoint staff members Eve Redgrave and Jackie King. This page will continue to be updated after each group we run.
Register your place: Call us on 01480 499043 or email Jackie
Regional/National Charities based locally
We regularly signpost parents to two locally based regional charities, both of which offer good specialist support for parents:
- Autism Anglia has an office at “Red to Green” in Swaffham Bulbeck http://www.autism-anglia.org.uk/get_support/family_support
- The Cambridgeshire branch of the National Autistic Society is based in Fulbourn http://www.nascambridge.org.uk/
Parents of children who self-harm
Pinpoint hold monthly sessions in Huntingdon and North Cambridge (Alternately) see webpage below for details. These sessions are for any parents whose children or young people display any type of self-harmful behaviour (This can include eating disorders). Please promote to anyone who would benefit. Parents can attend anonymously. We also have a lot of reference information on our dedicated website page http://www.pinpoint-cambs.org.uk/self-harm. From experience parents are often willing to travel out of area to attend these groups.
For more information contact Eve Redgrave email@example.com
Mental Health (Young People)
As you will be aware, many children and young people are affected by poor mental health that can significantly impact upon their lives and learning. With half of all lifetime mental health problems emerging by the age of 14, ensuring that children and young people have the right to support early on is vital. Locally there is a range of work underway to improve mental health support for children, young people, parent/carers and professionals. This pack gives information on some of these new services and resources available across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough which include:
- www.keep-your-head.com – A new young people’s mental health website for young people, parents/carers, teachers and other professionals. It is a central point for good quality information on keeping well, self-help and support services. The website covers a range of issues including stress, bullying, self-harm and what to do in a mental health crisis.
- www.kooth.com – This is a free online counselling service providing information and support for people aged between 11 and 24 years. Young people can book counselling as regular structured sessions with an assigned counsellor, or use the ‘drop in service’ online and have a text based conversation with a trained counsellor. The service is available 12noon-10pm Monday-Friday and 6pm-10pm on weekends, 365 days a year. To find out more about the kooth service and to arrange a visit to your school, please contact the Integration and Participation Officer Tom Robson on firstname.lastname@example.org/ 07949818144 or visit www.kooth.com.
- Shelf-Help – This scheme provides recommended expert endorsed books about mental health for 13-18 year-olds through libraries. The books provide high-quality information, support and advice on a wide-range of mental health issues. Topics include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, bullying and exams. Collections are available through Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Libraries’ book list: www.reading-well.org.uk/books/books-on-prescription/young-people-s-mental-health.
Other useful websites:
- Young Minds - https://youngminds.org.uk/
- Youthoria - http://www.youthoria.org/
- Centre 33 - http://www.centre33.org.uk/counselling
- Mental Health Crisis Support – You can now access mental health crisis support by dialling 111 and selecting option 2. The service is available to anyone, of any age, currently living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in mental health crisis. Individuals may call themselves or others can call on behalf of someone in crisis. For more information please visit: http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/about-us/mental-health-crisis.htm.
Other Useful Support
Youthoria - Website for 11 – 19 year olds in Cambridgeshire http://www.youthoria.org/
Alcohol/Substance misuse (Young People)
CASUS is part of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. The team is staffed by nurses, substance misuse practitioners, social workers as well as a child and adolescent psychiatrist. The team sees young people who have concerns about drugs and alcohol (including legal/chemical highs, volatile substances/gases as well as illegal drugs).
CASUS offers specialist treatment, interventions, support and information for all types of substance use.
We provide support for the families and carers of substance misusing young people and, we see young people who are affected by the substance misuse of someone close to them.
CASUS has an interest in reaching those young people that are seen as hard to engage. Our aim is to offer intensive support and treatment to these vulnerable young people whom sometimes have complex needs. In these cases substance misuse can be part of a range of significant difficulties that may include mental health, sexual health, family relationships, housing, education etc, and the team actively engages in multi-agency working to promote the resolution of these difficulties.
The team is one of a growing number in the UK using the innovative Adolescent Mentalization Based Integrative Therapy – AMBIT.
Offers support to children and young people who have experienced the death of an important person in their lives and those who know that someone important to them is going to die.
Winston’s Wish https://www.winstonswish.org.uk/