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Parent and Carer links

Parents and Carers Links

Sources of support and information for parents and carers to help keep children and themselves safe.

General Support - York Citizens’ Advice

Addiction and Recovery

York Drug and Alcohol Advisory Service

Stem4 - Supporting teenage mental health

Anxiety and Worrying 

If your child is feeling anxious NSPCC has some useful advice.

Armed Forces

British Legion - York branch

SSAFA - The Armed Forces Charity

City of York Council - Armed Forces Covenant

Bereavement and Grief

It’s natural to feel sad, depressed, anxious and angry when someone close to you dies. Bereavement is difficult for anybody.  ChildlineYoung Minds  and Marie Curie all over useful support.

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Childrens Partnership Child and Family Bereavement Support


Anti Bullying Alliance




Child Exploitation

This video produced by PACE also demonstrates how parents spotted the signs when their children were being exploited.

The children and young people's section of our website has further information regarding exploitation.

Virtual College has a useful online parenting course to help parents keep children safe from sexual exploitation.  The following websites also have useful resources:

Breck Foundation - Online Safety

PACE - Parents Against Sexual Exploitation

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)

PACE - Keep them Safe online training

County Lines - criminal exploitation

Internet Watch Foundation

NWG Network – Child Sexual Exploitation

The Dark Web – TED talk

Parents’ Guide to Gaming

Introduction to Online Gaming

Netaware - NSPCC and O2

Text Abuse - Sexting 

Domestic Abuse


Kyra Women’s Project


Eating Disorders

Stem4 - Supporting teenage mental health 

Female Genital Mutilation

National FGM Centre  

Gender, Gender Identity and Sexuality

 LBTQ+ inclusion is often an area we do not discuss too frequently, and yet it impacts many young people today.  If you are wanting to support an LGBTQ+ child or young person, here are some resources you may find useful:

The Genderbread Person is a great tool for explaining and talking about gender. For further information please visit

Another useful tool is the Gender Unicorn which clearly shows non-binary identities.

Tips for Parents of LGBTQ Youth

Jackson Bird: How to talk (and listen) to transgender people | TED Talk

Glossary of Terms

LGBT Fo8undation Sexual Health


Hate Crime


Home Alone

When can you leave a child at home?

The law doesn’t say an age when you can leave a child on their own, but it’s an offence to leave a child alone if it places them at risk. Use your judgement on how mature your child is before you decide to leave them alone, e.g. at home or in a car.

The NSPCC says:


Children under 12 are rarely mature enough to be left alone for a long period of time


Children under 16 shouldn’t be left alone overnight


Babies, toddlers and very young children should never be left alone

Parents can be prosecuted if they leave a child unsupervised ‘in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health’. This means that they can be fined or sent to prison if they are judged to have placed a child at risk of harm by leaving them at home alone.

Advice for leaving a child at home

Whether you or your child are comfortable with the idea will often depend on how mature and adaptable your child is.

The advice below is there to help you make up your mind about whether leaving your child home alone is a good idea, as well as tips for choosing appropriate childcare if you decide it's not.

  • Babies, toddlers and very young children should never be left alone
  • Children under the age of 12 are rarely mature enough to cope in an emergency and should not be left at home alone for a long period of time
  • Children under the age of 16 should not be left alone overnight
  • A child should never be left at home alone if they do not feel comfortable with this, regardless of their age
  • If a child has additional needs, these should be considered when leaving them at home alone or with an older sibling
  • When leaving a younger child with an older sibling think about what may happen if they were to have a falling out - would they both be safe?

Questions to consider?

  • Would they know how to contact you or another family member or friend if they needed to?
  • Do they have these contact numbers to hand?
  • How would they feel about being left alone – pleased to be given the responsibility or scared by the thought of it?

 If your child is over 16 and you think they’re ready to be left alone overnight, let them know exactly where you are and how they can get in contact if anything goes wrong. And remember to have those conversations about who they’ll invite over while you’re away.

For further advice:

If you are concerned about a child who has been left alone at home please report your concerns to Children's Services or the police.


Safe and Sound Homes (SASH)


Mental Health and Trauma 

The children and young people's section of our website has some useful advice and guidance.  

Healthwatch York have produced a York Mental Health and Wellbeing Guide which contains all the useful contact details of services available within City of York

The following websites also have useful resources:

York Mind 

York Samaritans


Young Minds

Mental Health Crisis

Trauma and Young People  - A Guide for Parents 

Modern Slavery

Hope For Justice 

Parenting Advice

The following organisations offer advice for parents and carers:

Good Parenting

NSPCC Positive Parenting Guide

Young Minds

Action for Children 'Parent Talk'


Educate Against Hate #

Safer Sleep for Babies

Every year in the UK 300 babies die suddenly and unexpectedly in their sleep.  While there is no advice which can guarantee the prevention of sudden and unexpected death in infancy (SUDI), also referred to as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), there are a number of things you can do to reduce the risk to your baby both at nap time and bed time.

The CYSCP have been working with North Yorkshire (NYSCP) to produce some advice for parents and this is available on the NYSCP website.  


Sexual Abuse

NSPCC Pants Campaign

Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Disrespect Nobody 

Suicide and Self Harm

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)



Self-harm can cover a range of things that people do to themselves in a deliberate and harmful way.  It's important to know that support is available for anyone who self-harms or thinks about self-harm, as well as their friends and family.


NHS advice


Young Minds - Parents advice self-harm


NSPCC offers good advice to understand the reasons why children and  young people self-harm


Self harm in young people for parents and carers


Stem4 - Supporting teenage mental health