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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Are you worried about a young person?

Are you worried about a young person?

If you are worried someone is thinking about suicide, don't be afraid to ask them straight out. This will not put the thought in their head.

For more information and support, and what to look out for please click here.

A Parent's Guide to Prevent Underage Drinking

A Parent's Guide to Prevent Underage Drinking

Being a parent isn't always easy. We all want the best for out children but when it comes to alcohol, many are confused about the right approach.

For guidance about what is the right approach, including what are the risks and butsing myths please click here.

Community Wakefield finds services, activities, opportunities and events across the Wakefield District.

Visit Community Wakefield

Wakefield Public Health have a developed a resource pack which has been designed to help and encourage parents to have a better understanding of positive oral health and why it is beneficial.

The resources will provide parents and carers with knowledge and skills about their child’s oral health from birth to teenage years, gives useful information and tips, and resources to start building a routine with their child and achieve positive oral health goals.

Click here to view the resources

Young People & Alcohol - A Guide For Parents

Young People & Alcohol - A Guide For Parents

Are you worried your child might be drinking alcohol or want to prepare yourself just in case this happens in the future.

For guidance about everything from what happens to alcohol when its in our bodies, to talking to young people about alcohol please click here.

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

Turing Point Talking Therapies is available to anyone over the aged of 16, who is registered with a GP surgery. To find out more on how Talking Therapies could help you, please click here.

Visit Turning Point Talking Therapies

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

Visit HDFT website for further information

Visit Wakefield 0-19 Service

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

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.

Visit Wakefield Council

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

Click here to access the Directory of Domestic Abuse Support (updated April 2023)


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

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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Cash Wise

Cash Wise

If you need advice to manage your money..

Cash Wise provide a free helpful service offering money management and benefit support, for further information about this service please click here.

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.

Visit DadPad

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

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.

The NSPCC are also offering a free e-learning course for parents on Keeping your Child Safe in Sport.


This session specially for Parents and Carers will enable you to:

  • Learning how children are groomed online
  • Develop your understanding of behaviours of exploited children
  • Develop your understanding about what child exploitation is
  • Understand the signs of child exploitation

Parents Project

Parents Project

Information to help parents understand the sexual development of children up to the age of 11 years old.

Helping parents understand sexual development of under 5’s

Helping parents understand sexual development of 5 – 11 year olds.

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

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



Ygam is an award-winning charity with a mission to prevent children and young people from experiencing gaming and gambling harms through awareness raising, education and research. Their workshops will equip you with the knowledge, resources, and confidence to have meaningful interactions with your children on these issues. They deliver to both parents and those supporting children in care.

Ygam provide fully funded workshops suitable for foster carers and those working in children’s residential settings. This programme is City & Guilds assured and provides information to those supporting children in care around gaming and gambling and how to stop the signs of harm.  

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    ✔️You will have an increased understanding of gaming and gambling  
    ✔️You will understand why children in care might game/gamble and the additional vulnerabilities they face  
    ✔️You will recognise the signs of gaming and gambling harm and know where to get further support  
    ✔️You will be able to identify measures to support the children in your care  
    Ygam for Parents also offer a fully funded, 75 minute gaming and gambling awareness and information session for parents, grandparents and guardians.  
    The session covers:  
    ????Gambling: exploring the influences on children and young people  
    ????Gaming: discussing the benefits and concerns of gaming, including microtransactions  
    ????Understanding the blurred lines between gaming and gambling  
    ????Recognising the signs of harm and where to go for support  
    Their dedicated Parent Hub website also provides parents with the knowledge and resources to safeguard their families.   
    Click here to sign-up for a place on one their virtual workshops or, alternatively, visit their dedicated Parent Hub page at www.parents.ygam.org for further information and support.   
    Together, they can help open the conversation around gaming and gambling harms and help safeguard our digital generation. 
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