Useful Sites for Parental Support

Department for Education launches “Hungry Little Minds”
We know that the early years are crucial for a child’s development, and what happens at home plays a vital role.  Improving early communication, language and literacy development is a key priority for the government and a cornerstone of a country that works for everyone. Children with poor vocabulary skills at age five may be up to twice as likely to be unemployed in their 30s.
In July 2018, the Secretary of State for Education announced the government’s ambition to halve in ten years the proportion of children who finish reception year without the communication, language and literacy skills they need to thrive.
As a result, on 2nd July 2019, we launched Hungry Little Minds – a new three-year campaign to encourage parents to engage in activities that support their child’s early learning and help set them up for school and beyond. With the help of our trusted partners, the Hungry Little Minds campaign will encourage parents to engage in activities that support early learning in the home or nudge their behaviour towards doing so.

Young Minds – A charity promoting awareness of and information about mental health difficulties in young people, with online information and resources for young people and parents and a parent helpline. (www.youngminds.org.uk)

CAFCASS - Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, look after the interests of children involved in family proceedings. www.cafcass.gov.uk has information for young people and parents/ carers.

Gingerbread – A charity for single parent families, running online forums, advice and single parent groups. (www.gingerbread.org.uk)

Depression and Anxiety Service for adults – from Devon Partnership NHS Trust, including self-referral information. (www.dpt.nhs.uk/our-services/depression-and-anxiety-das)

Depression and Anxiety Service for adults – from Devon Partnership NHS Trust, including self-referral information. (www.dpt.nhs.uk/our-services/depression-and-anxiety-das)

Family Lives- Parenting and family support including online resources, forums and helpline. (www.familylives.org.uk)

Devon Family Group Conference Plus Team (previously Family Solutions Service) (https://new.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/family-support/family-group-conference-plus)

Helping families to access local services:

Home Start- A family support charity helping families with young children offering home visits, groups, and helping families to access local services. (www.home-start.org.uk)