Where can I get some Support?

Being a parent or carer is both rewarding and challenging, sometimes in equal measure!

Below is a list of services who can provide support and guidance to help parents and carers throughout their journey. In addition we have provided a list of resources, helplines and places to find the right help at the right time in Wakefield.

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    This page will provide general advice and information on where you can go to access further support for you and your child.

    However should you be worried that your child is in immediate danger please visit the Worried About a Child page on the steps you can take and the services you can contact who can help you in these circumstances.

Support Services in Wakefield

Wakefield has a number of services for parents and carers. So if you feel you may need to access support for you and your child please take a look below.

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Wakefield Council have a number of services such as Children's Social Care and Early Help Service which can help you.

Visit Wakefield Council website for further information.

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Wakefield Families Together brings services together, to join up how they work, so that it’s easier for you to find and access the support you need, at the earliest opportunity.

Visit Wakefield Families Together website for further information.

Visit Wakefield Families Together

CAMHS stands for child and adolescent mental health services. CAMHS are the NHS service that offers support and treatment for children and young people, aged up to 18 years old, who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health and wellbeing.

If you’re a parent or carer of a child or young person under the age of 18, you can contact the Wakefield CAMHS Single Point of Access team directly:

Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm, on 01977 735865.

For further information and to make an online referral visit the Wakefield CAMHS website.

Visit Wakefield CAMHS

Turing Point Inspiring Futures is a specialist drug and alcohol service for under 25s. To find out more about what Turning Inspiring Futures offer, visit the Turning Point website.

Visit Turning Point

Wakefield 0-19 Service, provided by Bradford District Care Foundation Trust (BDCFT) includes a number of different health related services such Health Visiting, School Nursing, Family Nurse Partnership and 5-19 year olds Immunisation Service.

Visit BDCFT website for further information

Visit Wakefield 0-19 Service

WDDAS is a comprehensive specialist service which provides a range of advice and support for those experiencing domestic abuse. For Men and women who use abusive behaviours and want to make changes can also contact WDDAS for information and signposting.

Visit domestic abuse page on Wakefield Council’s website for further information

Visit WDDAS


Where to go for practical tips and advice

In addition to support services in Wakefield there are a number of national organisations who provide all kinds of information, guides, tips and advice for parents and carers. We've selected a few below.

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NSPCC have a wide range of information and advice for parents and carers which includes:

  • Baby parenting tips
  • How to cope with tantrums
  • Working from home
  • Talking to children about racism
  • Separation and divorce Mental health and parenting Alcohol, drugs and parenting
  • PANTS: the underwear rule
  • Talking about difficult topics
  • Look Say Sing Play

Visit the NSPCC’s parent and carer support page for further information.

Visit NSPCC

Think U Know has a dedicated parent and carer section which has videos, information, tips and advice on how to support a child keep safe online.

Visit the Think U Know parents and carers section on their website for further information.

Visit Think U Know

Parent Zone provides information to help parents develop the right skills and understanding, so that their children can discover the possibilities and opportunities available to them online.

Visit Parent Zone for further information.

Visit Parent Zone

The Lullaby Trust are a leading national charity, who raise awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), provide expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offer emotional support for bereaved families.

There is a range of advice and guidance for parents and carers.

Visit The Lullaby Trust website for further information.

Visit The Lullaby Trust

Crying can be extremely difficult to cope with, especially when you are tired and have tried everything to soothe your baby. Accepting that crying is tough and thinking about the coping strategies you can develop at this stage will be helpful when the baby comes. 

The ICON Programmes incorporates the below messages which services such as your midwife, health visitor or GP will be be aware of and be able to give you more information. for children and families:

  • I – Infant crying is normal and it will stop! Babies start to cry more frequently from around 2 weeks of age
  • C – Comforting methods can sometimes soothe the baby and the crying will stop. Is the baby hungry, tired or in need of a nappy change?
  • O – It’s OK to walk away if you have checked the baby is safe and the crying is getting to you. After a few minutes when you are feeling calm, go back and check on the baby
  • N – Never, ever shake or hurt a baby. It can cause lasting brain damage and death

For further information on ICON visit the ICON website or speak with your midwife, health visitor or GP.

Visit ICON

On-the-go wellbeing support is available to new and expectant fathers in Wakefield. 

DadPad is free to download and provides on-the-go support and advice to help fathers enjoy their babies, feel more confident and support their mental and emotional wellbeing.

The DadPad App can be downloaded for free: www.thedadpad.co.uk/app.

For further information on DadPad and how it fits with the ICON programme, visit the ICON website.

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