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
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.
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.
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.
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.