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Useful links

Links to other websites can be found in the Just For Children, For Dads and Useful Contacts area of our site.

Accident prevention

Child Accident Prevention Trust: The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) is dedicated to reducing the number of children and young people killed, disabled and seriously injured as a result of accidents.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents: Provides information, advice, resources and training, and is actively involved in the promotion of safety in all areas of life – at work, in the home, and on the roads, in schools, at leisure and on or near water.

British Allergy Foundation: Information and support to sufferers and their families. Leaflets, fact sheets and regular newsletters are available. In addition they run a help line and support groups throughout the country.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Network: Aims to be an independent source of support and information for breastfeeding women and others. They run a service that automatically connects you to your local Breastfeeding Supporter.

The La Leche League: The La Leche League International mission is: To help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother

Child development

Coram Family: Works with deprived and disadvantaged children to help them reach their full potential.

National Association of Toy and Leisure Libraries: Aims to heighten public awareness of the importance of play for all children and to support, advise and inform member toy and leisure libraries and user families, including disadvantaged and those with special needs.

Save the children: Long-term development and prevention work to help children, their families and communities to be self-sufficient. We learn from the reality of children's lives, and campaign for solutions to the problems they face.

The School of Infant Mental Health: Training in all aspects of parent / Infant relationship for professionals and parents who work with under-5s.

Childcare

Best Bear: Lists recommended childcare agencies near you, and offers information on all areas of childcare.

Daycare Trust: Runs a helpline for parents on general childcare queries. Their website contains information on childcare options, plus details of financial support available to pay for childcare.

National Childminding Association: Can provide parents with information to help find and choose a childminder. Offer a range of factsheets designed to inform parents about the different types of childcare on offer, and the factors to consider when choosing childcare.

Childhood education

British Association for Early Child Education: Publishes a series of leaflets for parents covering child development. Their website also includes a number of interesting articles.

DFES Parents Site: This government site tells you about your child's education and development, and how you can help.

Schoolzone: Said to be one of the biggest and most used websites in the UK. It has up to 600,000 users a month, and can reach teachers, parents, students, businesses and schools/LEAS.

Children's learning

BBC Parent's Music Room: encourages all parents, irrespective of their own musical ability, to support their child's musical development at home from the very earliest stages.

Children's BBC: The BBC's children's site (CBBC).

Enchanted Learning: Full of play and educational ideas for you and your children. You can use these ideas to have fun learning together.

Information and guidance

Children's Information Service: Information on local childcare providers, as well as advice and guidance.

JobCentre Plus: Guidance and information on: benefits, job hunting, training, applying for work and support for disabled users. You can access JobCentre Plus through our centre - get in touch for details of days and times.

Family support

Action for Children: Supports and speaks out for the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people in the UK.

Family Information Service: Help, advice and support for families with children aged 0 to 20.

Home Start (UK): The UK's leading family support organisation for families with children in the 5+ age group. Home-Start volunteers provide emotional and practical support and friendship to families in their own homes. By doing so they represent a lifeline for many families when things are difficult.

National Family and Parenting Institute (NFPI): An independent charity working to support parents in bringing up their children, to promote the well being of families, and to make society more family friendly.

Netmums: Founded in 2000, Netmums is the UK's fastest-growing online parenting organisation with over 840,000 members, mostly mums. Netmums is a network of local sites that cover the UK, each site offering information to mothers on everything from where to find playgroups and how to eat healthily, to where to meet other mothers. The local sites are backed by a wealth of parenting articles that start with pregnancy and follow each stage of childhood, helping mums to enjoy a happy and healthy family life.

One plus one: Working for the well being of couples and their families.

Torbay Directory: Owned by Torbay Council and Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust. It has sections that relate to Families, Communities and Wellbeing (Health and Social Care including Housing and Housing Support).

Fun

Family Holiday Association: A national charity dedicated to providing holidays for deprived families.

Yahooligans: A safe environment where children can surf, play, learn and also chat in a monitored environment.

Health

Health Visitors - Torbay: Find out when the drop in clinics are in Torbay.

Public Health - Torbay: Find out information about improving the health of local residents and preventing risks to public health.

Healthy Lifestyles: Self care techniques and general lifestyle changes can help manage the symptoms of many physical and mental health problems, and may also help to prevent some problems from developing or getting worse.

Institute of Child Health: Through its innovative research and its high-quality training programmes, the Institute of Child Health has created a world-class centre for the study and treatment of childhood disease. Together with Great Ormond Street Hospital, it has made a major contribution to the health and well-being of children and their families worldwide.

International Association of Infant Massage: Promotes nurturing touch and communication through training, education and research, so that parents, caregivers and children are loved, valued and respected.

Kids Teeth: Provides a parent's guide to looking after their children's teeth. It includes some very useful tips on how to encourage regular brushing.

NHS Direct: Provides a large database of information about common complaints together with self-help advice. You can also speak to someone 24-hours a day via the telephone helpline (0845 4647).

Patient UK: Information on health, self help, and patient support groups. Also provides a directory of websites and provides NHS information.

The National Asthma Campaign: Provides education and support to people with asthma. They run a helpline staffed by asthma specialist nurses, and can put you in touch with local support volunteers.

The National Eczema Society: Dedicated to helping people with eczema, and their families.

Immunisation

Immunisation: Government-backed health site giving concise information about all the immunisations and the reasons why they are recommended.

Local government

Torbay Council: view the council's A - Z list of services and contacts, plus a wealth of local news updates.

Lone parent

Gingerbread: A national support organisation for lone parent families in England and Wales.

Parenting

BBC Parenting: This site provides information about things to play and do, baby learning, childcare, A to Z of support services, child health, and hints and tips written by parents for parents.

Children's project: Supporting parents in caring for their children.

Daycare Trust: Provides a helpline for parents with general childcare queries. Their website contains information on childcare options, and details of financial support available to pay for childcare.

Mad Mums: Pregnancy and parenting advice website, plus a discussion forum for parents of all ages and backgrounds.

Parentline Plus: A source of help before a problem becomes a crisis! They provide help and information to anyone looking after a child, including parenting courses.

Post-natal illness

Association of Post Natal Illness: Offers advice and support to women suffering from post-natal depression. This support can include putting you in contact with other women who have previously suffered from post-natal depression.

Pregnancy

Action on Pre-Eclampsia (APEC): Aims to raise public and professional awareness of pre-eclampsia, and to improve care and ease or prevent physical and emotional suffering caused by the condition.

BirthChoice UK: Aimed at pregnant women, to help them choose where to give birth. This could mean choosing a hospital, a birth centre, midwifery-led unit or a home birth.

National Childbirth Trust: Offering support in childbirth, pregnancy and early parenthood.

Twin & Multiple Births Association: Offers support and information to anyone expecting or caring for twins, triplets or more. Their services include Twinline, a confidential helpline staffed by trained volunteers who are parents of multiples.

Smoking cessation

Giving Up Smoking: Giving up smoking requires preparation, determination, and support: this site is here to help you with each of these. If you're thinking about giving up, have a look!

Quit Smoking UK: The UK's online community for quitting smokers by quitting smokers.

Special needs

SEN - Early Years Resources: Provides information, activities and resources for teachers, pupils, parents and others who have an interest in additional needs.

AFASIC: Afasic is the UK charity representing children and young adults with communication impairments, working for their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers.

Autism Independent UK: The Society For The Autistically Handicapped exists to increase awareness of autism, together with well established and newly developed approaches in the diagnosis, assessment, education and treatment. The main goal is to improve the quality of life for persons with Autism.

Contact a Family: UK charity helping children with special needs and/or disabilities.

Deaf Parenting Project: Set up to improve information and resources for deaf and hard of hearing parents. They also run a thriving Deaf Parenting email group that you can join through the website.

Disabled Parents Network: Run by disabled parents, their allies and family members, disabled people who would like to be parents in the future, and others who are already grandparents. They offer a telephone helpline, a support network across the country, and a quarterly newsletter for members.

High Scope Institute: Promotes a particular teaching method for children with learning difficulties.

I CAN: The national educational charity for children with speech and language difficulties.

Sense: National charity for children and adults who are both deaf and blind.