Family support and parenting

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Being a mum, dad or carer is probably the hardest job there is. It's often pleasurable and rewarding, but there are also times when it can feel exhausting, stressful, frustrating and overwhelming.

The added pressures of life today can sometimes make parenthood feel difficult and isolating - some useful information and links to support are available for families and parents.

If you're concerned about a child

If you think that a child or young person is being abused or neglected inform our advice, assessment and early intervention (the new 'front door') service, or call the police.

Report your concerns via:


The parent and carers' section of the YorOK website has lots of helpful information to help you as a parent. This covers all parts of family life in York including childcare, children's centres, parenting, disability and more.

Children's centres

Children's Centres (YorOK website) offer services to all children under the age of five and their families across the City. There are 9 children's centres and a mixture of satellite sites and outreach venues. Take a look at the children's centre website to find what is on at your local centre.

Parenting support

For information on the different stages of parenting, parenting courses available in York, top tips and useful contact information see parenting support on the YorOK website.

Family support

For information on bereavement, bullying, family learning, working with children, relationships and sexual health and social networks see family support on the YorOK website.

Child in Need Service

We work with parents and carers who have agreed with their child’s Social Worker that the Children in Need Service (YorOK website) might be able to help. If this is something which you are thinking about we hope that this webpage answers some of your questions about how we can support you.

Family Early Help

Sometimes, you or your children may need extra support. This may be before your children are born, when very young, or throughout school. There is nothing to be ashamed of in asking for help. Early help supports you to recognise what's going well for you, where you may benefit from extra help, and who will lead this.

This might be known as Family Early Help Assessment (FEHA) or Common Assessment (CAF). Someone working with your family might mention completing a FEHA or a CAF to help your family.

Disabled children in York

York's 'local offer' website allows parents and young people to see disability services for children in York are available and how to access them.

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