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Parents & Carers

Publications and useful links

Guides for Parents

The NSPCC gives advice and guidance for parents on a range of child safety issues.

Online safety advice

The NSPCC has lots of tips and advice to help parents/carers have conversations with their child about keeping safe online. Click on ‘Online safety advice‘

Learn the Underwear Rule: a guide to keep children safe from abuse

The Underwear Rule helps parents/carers teach children that their body belongs to them and they have a right to say no. Click on Learn the Underwear Rule‘

Home alone: advice on keeping your child safe

Advice and tips to help parents/carers decide whether to leave their children home alone, how to ensure their safety and wellbeing and what to look for when choosing a babysitter or childminder.  Click on ‘Home alone‘

Staying safe away from home: advice on keeping your child safe

Advice and tips to help parents/carers prepare children for being out on their own, such as walking to and from school, attending sports or holiday clubs, or getting involved in other community activities.  Click on ‘Staying safe away from home‘

Encouraging better behaviour: a practical guide to positive parenting

Helps parents/carers understand why children sometimes misbehave and explains how they can develop good relationships with their children through positive parenting.  Click on ‘Encouraging better behaviour‘

Handle with care: a guide to keeping your baby safe

Rough handling of babies can cause serious injuries. Advice for parents on safe ways to hold and care for your baby and suggestions of ways to cope when the crying doesn’t stop.  Click on 'Handle with Care'

Keeping your cool: advice for parents on managing stress and anger

Advice for parents/carers on coping with, and recognising, stress and anger and how to influence children’s behaviour without creating bad feelings.  Click on 'Keeping your cool'

Listening to children: improving communication with your child

Helps parents/carers understand their child’s needs better and protect them from harm. The advice covers communication in normal daily life as well as challenging situations such as divorce, death, illness or bullying. Click on ‘Listening to children‘

What can I do? Protecting your child from sexual abuse

Provides advice about keeping children safe from sexual abuse and how to recognise the signs. This leaflet contains some sexually explicit information which parents or carers may feel is unsuitable for children to read. Click on 'What can I do?'

Whole woman: essential information for mums

Explains what constitutes domestic violence and how children are affected, encouraging victims of abuse to seek help for themselves and their children. Contains details of organisations that provide practical help and support.  Click on 'Whole Woman'

All babies count: support for parents

Becoming a new parent is a really exciting time, but it can also be challenging. This leaflet includes advice on how to calm a crying baby, manage the stress of new parenthood and recognise signs of post-natal depression.  Click on 'All Babies Count'

Baby and toddler safety

Advice for parents about bonding with your baby, coping with crying and keeping them safe. Click on ‘Baby and toddler safety’

Worried about a child? How you can protect children from abuse

If you have concerns about a child or young person, there is someone who will listen. The NSPCC helpline is open 24 hours a day on 0808 800 5000 and trained counsellors will be able to take your call and offer advice and support.  Advice is also available at ‘What to do if you suspect child abuse’

Healthy sexual behaviour in children and young people

Sex and sexuality are important parts of everyone's make-up, and sexual behaviour starts at a very early age. As children get older, the way they behave and express these feelings changes and they move through different, and normal, phases.  Your guide to keeping children safe, spotting warning signs and what to do if you're worried.  Click on ‘Healthy sexual behaviour in children and young people’

Self Harm

Find out how to spot the signs and what you can do to help.  Click on ‘Self harm’

Mental health and suicidal thoughts

Get advice on helping a child if they’re struggling with their mental health. Click on ‘Mental health and suicidal thoughts’

Parents Against Child sexual Exploitation (PACE) provide a range of information guides for parents of sexually exploited children.  The following information guides are available here:

  • Getting the best service from statutory agencies
  • Getting Help from the Police
  • How to gather and log information
  • If your child is missing
  • Using the law to protect your child
  • Handling disclosure of sexual exploitation
  • Managing online risks
  • Living and coping with child sexual exploitation
  • When boys and young men are sexually exploited
  • If your child is over 16 years of age
  • If it is unsafe for your child to remain at home
  • Disruption tools available to the police
  • Sex offender disclosure scheme
  • If your child gives evidence in court
  • Case review panels
  • When things go wrong - What to do if you’re not happy with the response from statutory agencies

Domestic Abuse – The Hideout– click here to access the Hideout website