The Centre for Separated Families - www.separatedfamilies.info
A national charity that works with everyone affected by family separation in order to bring about better outcomes for children.
Only Mums - www.onlymums.org
A website for separating and divorcing mums. OnlyMums works in partnership with professionals nationwide to bring you practical, up-to-date information and guidance on separation and divorce.
Only Dads - www.onlydads.org
A website for single Dads. If you have recently become a single parent or if you have been one for years, or indeed you are on the verge of separating, you will find this website an invaluable resource.
Families Need Fathers - www.fnf.org.uk
Seeks to obtain, for the children, the best possible blend of the contributions of both their parents to their lives.
Match Mothers - www.matchmothers.org
A charity that offers non-judgemental support and information to mothers apart from their children in a wide variety of circumstances. Members include those who are sharing parenting and those who have little or no contact. Match Mothers believes that children have a basic human right to continue to be part of a loving, nurturing family network for life, no matter how many times that family re-makes itself, no matter where their mothers live.
Gingerbread - www.gingerbread.org.uk
Practical information & great factsheets for lone parents on childcare, employment, money issues, children's behaviour, tips for Christmas etc. - FREEPHONE 0800 802 0925
Children and Family Court Advisory & Support Service (CAFCASS) - www.cafcass.gov.uk
Cafcass looks after the interests of children involved in family proceedings. Working with children & their families, they advise the courts on what they consider to be in the best interests of individual children. There are some useful downloadable leaflets on this website.
Positive Parenting - www.parenting.org.uk
Positive Parenting specialises in the support of parents and those who work with them by producing resources and providing training.
The Parent Connection – www.theparentconnection.org.uk
Created by One Plus One, the UK’s leading relationships research organization, who have been investigating what makes relationships work or fall apart for the last 40 years. The service is based on research and some of the skills used in mediation. You may want to start by talking to others who may have been through separation on the forum or start using the wide range of information, tools and exercises to help you really understand the issues that may be affecting your parenting relationship. All the materials and features on their website have been designed to support parents as they work things out for themselves. Using theparentconnection.org.uk will get you to think about the importance of the relationship you have with your ex. But to get the most out of using the materials - you must ‘want’ to improve the relationship you have with your child’s other parent. This means asking yourself some important questions…
One Space - www.onespace.org.uk
One Space offers online information, advice and support for all single parents. Their team of experts offers confidential personal advice on CSA, family law, benefits and more. Their forum is friendly and fun and there is support from parenting specialists too. One Space provide online learning courses including Assertiveness, Domestic Abuse and Ways into Work and you can find all sorts of other information too including low cost Holidays recommended by single parents for single parents and When your ex takes you to Court.
Advice Now – Parents Apart Guide
Quarrels over children can be some of the most distressing battles anyone has to face. The Parents Apart guide aims to help you deal with these issues, and find ways of being co-operative parents and families. Families, after all, go on forever even after marriages and partnerships break down. This guide will help you make arrangements about your children if you do not live together, or are splitting up. It tells you where you can get help with this, and what, as a last resort, the law can do.
National Association of Child Contact Centres - www.naccc.org.uk
A Child Contact Centre is a safe, friendly and neutral place whe
Where children of separated families can spend time with one or both parents and sometimes other family members. The NACCC supports over 350 such centres. Note, it is not possible to approach a Contact Centre directly for this service, you need to be referred either by the Court, CAFCASS or a solicitor.
Family Lives - www.familylives.org.uk
Family Lives is a national charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life. Seven days a week you can live chat with a trained support worker or share your story on their forums. Whatever your family role or situation, they say they can help.
Lone Parents - www.lone-parents.org.uk
This website aims to provide a virtual meeting place for single lone parent mums, and dads, thereby helping to reduce the isolation and loneliness that lone single parents some times feel. The website provides a means for individuals to make new friends, gain advice and support through the chat rooms, and forums. The website also provides practical advice and support through links to other resources - JobCentre, New Deal, CAB and a counselling Directory, for instance, helping members to help themselves.
National Society for Children & Family Contact - www.nscfc.com
The NSCFC believes that continuing contact with a child’s extended family is vital for the child’s balanced development, and it works to foster those all-important family contacts with a child’s extended family. They offer free support and advice and a 24 hour help line – 0845 519 1459
Family Lives - www.familylives.org.uk Parentline: 0808 800 2222
Family Lives is a charity that has experience in helping parents deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. They recognise that many people play active roles in the raising of children within any family, from Dads, Grandparents, stepparents and non-resident parents. They aim to support you to achieve the best relationship possible with the children that you care about.
Family Lives provides FREE professional, non-judgmental support and advice in a way that all members of the family can access. including a 24 hour helpline, a useful website, message boards, email service, live chat and parenting/relationship support groups.
Kate and Emily - www.kateandemily.com
A website full of practical tools and support for single parents.
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