Useful Links

 Additional Needs

Family Fun - Family fun, family health, family life, and disability support for families with special needs.

Deaf Parenting UK  -  A central resource of information for Deaf parents and professionals working with Deaf parents.

Epilepsy Action - acts as the voice for people with epilepsy, as well as their friends, families, carers, health professionals and the many other people on whose lives the condition has an impact.

National Autistic Society  -   provides information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism. 

Action for Children -  supports and speaks out for the UK's most vulnerable and neglected children and young people, for as long as it takes to make a difference in their lives...

Contact - Information about this organization as well as the CaF directory of specific conditions and rare disorders. Also details about the Rare Disorders Alliance - UK.

Education and Learning

Bookstart - supports you to enjoy books with your child from as early an age as possible.

Caerphilly County Borough Library Service - provides access to a network of 18 libraries, 2 library link housebound vehicles, books, videos, CDs, DVD's and a growing range of computer based information services.

Early Years  - work with childcare settings to ensure that there are high quality early years education and sufficient childcare places for all families in Caerphilly County Borough

Estyn - The purpose of Estyn is to inspect quality and standards in education and training in Wales

Coleg Gwent - Whether you are leaving school, coming to us for the first time as an adult, or returning to College after a break, Coleg Gwent will have the course for you.

Direct.gov.uk Student Finance - Student finance calculator - get a quick estimate of what student loans, grants, bursaries and other funding you could get - for full-time, part-time and EU students.

Getting it right for every child - The National Adoption Service aims to promote "adoption aware" services across Wales; this guide will help schools to be on the front foot in helping to achieve this. Most importantly, it will help more adopted children achieve good outcomes.

Financial Help and Support

Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play Programme - is a crisis grant programme designed to support children and families in the most desperate need. It directly provides them with household essentials, such as a child’s bed, a cooker or educational books and toys.

Child Trust Fund - A Child Trust Fund (CTF) is a long-term tax-free savings account for children. All children eligible for a CTF account should now have one.

Childcare Vouchers - Your employer may offer you childcare vouchers to help with your childcare costs. They could be in return for a reduction in your pay - known as a 'salary sacrifice'. Childcare vouchers may affect the amount of tax credits you can get.

Department for Work and Pensions - (DWP) is responsible for welfare and pension policy and is a key player in tackling child poverty. It is the biggest public service delivery department in the UK and serves over 20 million customers.

Find a job - Find your local office, get help finding a job, report a change in your circumstances, change an appointment or make a complaint.

Working Families - works with parents and carers and their employers find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work.

Tax Credits - Making it easier to find out if tax credits can help you and your family.

HMRC Tax Credit Calculator - Click the link below to find out if you are eligbile for Tax Credits.

Advice Guide - Citizens Advice Bureaux offer free, confidential, impartial and independent advice from over 3,500 locations. 

Sorting out Separation App - The Sorting out separation web app is the first place to look for anyone needing help and support after separation. It will help you:Work out what areas you need help with as a separated parent; Find information on a range of issues such as parenting apart, housing, money and employment; Find other tools, services and expert organisations that can provide more specialist support; Be inspired to find the right support by listening to other separated parents stories.

The Money Advice Service - offers advice and guides to help improve your finances, with tools and calculators to help keep track and plan ahead and support over the phone and online.

 

Health / Healthy Living

Caerphilly Local Health Board - website has been created for you and is your guide to finding all the information that you need about health related services in your area.

Which Birth Choice - Find the right place for you to give birth. Use the Which? Birth Choice tool to decide where you want to give birth. Understand your maternity options, get expert advice and find local places that are the best fit for you.

Choosing Well Choosing the right NHS Wales service if you become ill or are injured. Choose Well will help you decide if you need medical attention if you get sick. It explains what each NHS service does, and when it should be used. If you don’t know which option to choose, please contact NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47.

Department of Health - (DH) helps people to live better for longer. We lead, shape and fund health and care in England, making sure people have the support, care and treatment they need, with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve.

Leisure Lifestyle - Whatever your sports or fitness needs, you'll find what you want to lead a healthier lifestyle at one of Caerphilly county borough's leisure centres.

My School Lunch - has lots of information for adults about what is happening in Caerphilly with School Meals.

NHS Direct Wales - Ask questions, find local services, check symptoms and find travel health information.

Health & Patient Services - Click the link below for details of local hospitals, clinics, patient information & advice, GP out of hours surgeries and pharmacy rotas.

Health Care Services - Local Health Services. This section provides information about local health services Dentists, GP Surgeries, Opticians, Pharmacies and Hospitals

Measles - General information regarding the promotion of MMR vaccination and the prevention of measles.

Legal Help

Coram Children's Legal Centre - provides free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals, as well as international consultancy on child law and children’s rights.

Legal Aid Advice - Legal aid can help you pay for legal advice, mediation or representation in court if you can’t afford it.

Parenting

Prisoners Families Information for Children, Young People and their families affected by inprisonment and information about assisted prison visits 

Directgov parents - Parenting, civil partnerships, divorce and Lasting Power of Attorney.

Fatherhood Institute - working towards change so that fathers can be more available to care for their children.

National Childbirth Trust - (NCT) supports parents with information so that they can decide what’s best for their family.

NSPCC - Our vision is to end cruelty to children in the UK, campaign to change the law, provide ChildLine and the NSPCC helpline service.

Gingerbread - provide advice and practical support for single parents. Expert advisers answer our helpline, this website is packed full of useful information

Family Lives - Family Lives is a national charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life. 

CCBC Real Nappies - More and more parents are making the switch to real nappies as they realise not only can they cut their families waste in half but they can also save themselves hundreds of pounds in the process

The Twins and Multiple Births Association - (Tamba) is a registered charity set up by parents of twins, triplets and higher multiples and interested professionals. We help thousands of parents and professionals meet the unique challenges that multiple birth families face.

Caerphilly Fostering - Being a foster carer is extremely rewarding. Children need to be cared for so that as they grow up they can lead full and happy lives.

Raising Children Bilingually

Mabon a Mabli - is a Welsh company that specialises in selling Welsh and bilingual products, which are ideal resources for parents who are Welsh learners and want to learn Welsh with their children.

Mentrau Iaith - is a language initiative, is a local organisation which offers support to communities to increase and develop their use of the Welsh language. 

Welsh at Home - for parents who want to get a handle on the Welsh language

​Resources

Parents BBC - Search for educational resources by age range and subject. Useful for homework help, school projects and revision.

Keeping Safe On-Line - Child Exploitation and On-line Protection (CEOP).  Click the link below to find out more about keeping your children safe on line.

Welcome to the Our Rights – Wales app. This app (bilingual) was developed with and for the Welsh Government to help people living in Wales find out more about children and young people's rights.  Follow the external link:- https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/our-rights-wales/id634918433?ls=1&mt=

Sorting out Separation App - The Sorting out separation web app is the first place to look for anyone needing help and support after separation. It will help you:

  • Work out what areas you need help with as a separated parent
  • Find information on a range of issues such as parenting apart, housing, money and employment
  • Find other tools, services and expert organisations that can provide more specialist support
  • Be inspired to find the right support by listening to other separated parents stories

Safety and keeping safe

Child Accident Prevention Trust - committed to reducing the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents.

Reporting a child at risk - Tell us if you are worried about a child or young person who could be in danger.

Safeguarding Children - The Board has the lead strategic role in ensuring children and young people in Caerphilly Borough are protected from abuse, neglect and exploitation and live in an environment that promotes their well being and life chances.

Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents - rospa  provides health and safety training and aims to save lives and reduce injuries by promoting safety at work, in the home, on the roads and in schools.

Are you being bullied - advice on what to do and who you can tell if you are being bullied.

Keeping Safe On-Line - Child Exploitation and On-line Protection (CEOP).  Click the link below to find out more about keeping your children safe on line.

Live Fear Free - Advice on Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence and Violence against Women
Byw Heb Ofn - Cyngor ar Gam-drin Domestig, Trais Rhywiol a Thrais yn erbyn Menywod

NSPCC - Our vision is to end cruelty to children in the UK. We campaign to change the law, provide ChildLine and the NSPCC helpline service, offer advice for adults, and much more. Find out more about our work and how you can get involved.

PANTS NSPCC Film - Talking PANTS teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they're upset or worried.

Sexting - How to talk to children about the risks of sexting - and what you can do to protect them
 
Support/Advice

CACHE - awarding organisation for the children, adult and health care sectors.  

Voluntary Approval Scheme - The scheme only applies to nannies providing care in Wales, although if you live in England or Scotland and look after children in Wales you can apply to become an approved child carer.

Children in Wales - is the national umbrella organisation for those working with children and young people in Wales.

Mudiad Meithrin - specialises in Welsh-medium early years provisions. It aims to give every young child in Wales the opportunity to benefit from early years services and experiences through the medium of Welsh

PACEY- an Association for Childcare and Early Years, promoting best practice and support childcare professionals to deliver high standards of care and learning.

Wales Pre-school Providers Association - Wales PPA is a charity and membership organisation promoting and supporting bilingual pre-school care, education and learning through play across Wales

Meic - Advocacy and advice helpline for children and young people

Barnardos - is committed to helping children throughout the UK

Circles Network - works with those at risk of isolation, this organisation has ground breaking expertise in the development of Circles of Support.

Citizens Advice Bureau - aim to provide advice people need for the problems they face and improve the policies and practices that affect people's lives. We provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities.

Contact  - Information about this organization as well as the CaF directory of specific conditions and rare disorders. Also details about the Rare Disorders Alliance -
UK.

Equality and Human Rights Commission - have a statutory remit to promote and monitor human rights; and to protect, enforce and promote equality across the nine "protected" grounds - age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.

Relate Counselling Service - Relate offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support face-to-face, by phone and through this website. 

Rights of Women - Rights of Women works to attain justice and equality by informing, educating and empowering women on their legal rights.

The Parent Network - The Network provides ways to bring parents together and involve them in giving their views and influence services for children and families across the borough

A child of mine -  We are here to help and support families who have lost a child at any age and under any circumstance

Child Maintenance Options - is a free service that provides information and support to help separated parents make decisions about their child maintenance arrangements.

Children's Commissioner - Sally Holland is the Children’s Commissioner for Wales. Sally's job is to stand up and speak out for children and young people. She works to make sure that children and young people are kept safe and that they know about and can access their rights. The Advice and Support service is free and confidential. It’s there as a source of help and support if children and young people or those who care for them feel that a child’s been treated unfairly.

Young People

Careers Wales Online - - Information and advice about finding a job and careers.

Young Minds - we are committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences we campaign, research and influence policy and practice.

Young worker - aims to provide an online resource to anyone with the responsibility for young people in the workplace and to the young people themselves

 If you have further questions please contact us and we will be happy to help.

 

 

 

 

 
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