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National Organisations
Supporting Children, Parents and Families

We have compiled this list of organisations that support Children, Parents, Grandparents and Families in general. We hope it may be useful however we do not have the resources to check or validate them - we make no recommendations or endorsements. - Please be wary of giving your personal details to any website or organisation.

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Action for Children Action for Children supports and speaks out for the UK's most vulnerable, disadvantaged and neglected children and young people, for as long as it takes.
Action on Addiction the only charity working across the addiction field in research, prevention, treatment, professional education, support for families and children and campaigns.
Action on Addiction the only charity working across the addiction field in research, prevention, treatment, professional education, support for families and children and campaigns.
Adfam Our mission is to improve the quality of life for families affected by drug and alcohol use.
Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) We provide the information, support and high-quality advice that parents need to help their children at school, particularly where there are problems.
Alliance for Inclusive Education - Allfie We are a national network led by disabled people and supported by allies that include parents, educators and Head Teachers. The Alliance has campaigned successfully, over the last 15 years, to remove the legal conditions which have served to limit the rights of children with Special Educational Needs to secure a supported mainstream placement
Anxiety UK a user-led organisation, run by people with experience of living with anxiety, stress or anxiety-based depression, supported by a high-profile medical advisory panel
Asthma UK We exist to reduce the impact of asthma on people’s lives. We have invested over £50 million into research into better treatments and into ultimately finding a cure
Barnardo’s Whatever the issue from drug misuse to disability; youth crime to mental health; sexual abuse to domestic violence; child poverty to homelessness; Barnardo’s believes we can bring out the best in every child. .
BeatBullying Bullying help and advice for young people - Information about bullying for parents and professionals
Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) Preventing young sudden cardiac deaths through awareness, screening and research, and supporting affected families
Care for the Family Care for the Family is a national charity which aims to promote strong family life and to help those who face family difficulties.
Child Accident Prevention Trust We give free child safety advice to parents and carers on our website, as well as online quizzes and activities on popular safety topics.
Child Bereavement Charity The UK’s leading national organisation that supports families and provides training to professionals across the entire spectrum of child bereavement
ChildLine ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people. If you are an adult and are worried about a child, please contact the Helpline 0800 1111
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. That means we are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces.
Child Poverty Action Group CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.
Circles Network Working with people of any age who are isolated or at risk of isolation, this organisation has ground breaking expertise in the development of Circles of Support, Independent and Collective Advocacy, Person Centred Planning and Inclusion into the mainstream of life
Combat Stress The leading charity for British Veterans with mental health problems
Combat Stress 24-hour Helpline 0800 138 1619
Contact a Family We are the only UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children.
DadTalk DadTalk is a community of men championing fatherhood and exploring what it is to be a dad in 21st Century Britain
Coram Family and Childcare We run a range of parent-led programmes aimed at providing support for parents in the everyday but not-always-easy job of being a parent.
Disabled Parents Network Disabled Parents Network (DPN) is a national organisation for disabled people who are parents or who hope to become parents and their families, friends and supporters.
DrugFAM supports families affected by a loved one’s use of drugs or alcohol. Whilst we work with individual family members and carers rather than the user we focus on ‘whole family recovery’ Telephone Support line 0845 3883853
Family Action England's leading family charity and our services help over 45,000 disadvantaged children and families every year.
Family Lives Family Lives is here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week through our free Parentline. You can call us about any family issue, big or small. .
Fatherhood Institute The Fatherhood Institute’s vision is a society that gives all children a strong and positive relationship with their father and any father-figures; supports both mothers and fathers as earners and carers; and prepares boys and girls for a future shared role in caring for children.
FFLAG ( Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) FFLAG is a national voluntary organisation and registered charity. We are dedicated to supporting parents and their lesbian, gay and bisexual daughters and sons.
Gingerbread We provide advice and practical support for single parents. Expert advisers answer our helpline, this website is packed full of useful information
Grandparents Plus National charity 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.
GrowingKids GrowingKids was formed to offer a unique reference point on information and advice for parents of growing kids.
Home-Start Home-Start supports almost 73,000 vulnerable children across the UK. Last year, our 16,000 volunteers gave a million hours of support to their families. We help them cope with post-natal illness, isolation, bereavement, disability, domestic violence and much more.
Hyperactive Children's Support Group The Hyperactive Children's Support Group is a registered charity which has been successfully helping ADHD/Hyperactive children and their families for over 30 years. The HACSG is Britain's leading proponent of a dietary approach to the problem of hyperactivity.
Internet Watch Foundation the UK Hotline for reporting criminal online content - Child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world - Criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK - Non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK
KeyRing KeyRing's support is based on people living in their own homes but sharing their skills and talents with each other and with their communities.
KIDS KIDS vision is a world in which all disabled children and young people realise their aspirations and their right to an inclusive community which supports them and their families.
Kidscape Kidscape works UK-wide to provide individuals and organisations with practical skills and resources necessary to keep children safe from harm.
Mosac a voluntary organisation supporting all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused. We provide various types of support services and information for parents, carers and professionals dealing with child sexual abuse.
Mothers 35 Plus Mothers 35 Plus is the UK's leading website devoted to 'late motherhood' and has been online since 1998. Whether you are about to have your first, second or tenth baby, if you are an older mother or want to be an older mother this is the place to be!
Mothers 35 Plus Mothers 35 Plus is the UK's leading website devoted to 'late motherhood' and has been online since 1998. Whether you are about to have your first, second or tenth baby, if you are an older mother or want to be an older mother this is the place to be!
Myheart network provides personalised help, support, and information to individuals who have been diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening inherited or congenital cardiac condition
National Children's Bureau NCB is the leading national charity which supports children, young people and families and those who work with them.
NCT (also known as the National Childbirth Trust) We help over a million mums and dads each year through pregnancy, birth and early days of parenthood. We offer antenatal and postnatal courses, local support and reliable information to help all parents.
NSPCC We run a wide range of services for both children and adults, including national helplines and local projects..
PAPYRUS National charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. “We help young ppl with suicidal thoughts and support the family / friends of them”
Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years PACEY - promote best practice and support childcare professionals to deliver high standards of care and learning.
Rainbow Trust Children's Charity Provides emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.
Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity exists to grant the wishes of children who are living with serious or life-threatening illnesses between the ages of 3-18 who live in the United Kingdom.
Rape Crisis
(England and Wales)
the national umbrella organisation for Rape Crisis Centres across the country - freephone helpline 0808802 9999 12 - 2.30pm 7 - 9.30pm
Reuben’s Retreat a charity that supports children who have a life limiting and / or life threatening illness and their immediate family, parents and siblings + parents and siblings that have a lost a child.
Shelter a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing - giving advice, information and advocacy to people in housing need.
Single Parent Action Network This site is an information site for anyone who is raising children on their own, whether through relationship breakup, illness, bereavement, work commitments or choice.
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) We help and support those who serve in our Armed Forces and those who used to serve - even if it was only for a single day. We also care for the families of both.
The Children's Society A Christian charity committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including safeguarding children in care and young runaways.
The Compassionate Friends (TCF) A charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other similarly bereaved family members who have suffered the death of a child or children of any age and from any cause
The National Association of Widows The National Association of widows is run by the widowed for the widowed - men and women.
Together Trust At the Together Trust we believe everybody deserves an equal chance in life. There are no exceptions
Turning Point Turning Point is the UK's leading health and social care organisation. We provide services for people with complex needs, including those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, mental health problems and those with a learning disability
UK Parents Lounge This is not only a site about changing nappies and choosing the right formula for bottle feeding - it's a place where men and women (although mostly women, it has to be said) can just share advice, have fun, chat and make friends.
UK Safer Internet Centre where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet
We Are With You Get free, confidential support with alcohol, drugs or mental health in one of our local services or online
WAY Foundation WAY aims to support young widowed men and women as they adjust to life after the death of their partner – whether that was a month, a year, or ten years ago.
Last updated
March 24th 2020


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