Parents and Carers



Darlington carers support: Your voice matters

Are you a parent or carer of a child with additional needs and live in the Darlington area?

Darlington carers support would like to invite you to come and share what you think about the services you currently access and what you feel is missing or could be improved.

The free event is taking place on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 at the Pease Suite, Dolphin Centre

Further details can be found on the flyer [PDF]

 To book a place please go to:[external link]



How to use blinds safely

Looped blind and window cords are dangerous as they can strangle a child.

  • Ensure all cords are kept securely out of reach
  • Never put a child in a cot, high chair or playpen within reach of a curtain or blind cord

RoSPA Blind Cord Safety [External link]



Stop smoking in pregnancy

Protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life. It's never too late to stop smoking

You can find out more about the effects of smoking in pregnancy, and getting support to quit on the Smokefree pregnancy and smoking [External link] pages.

You can talk to your midwife, health visitor, practice nurse or pharmacist for advice and for details of your nearest NHS Stop Smoking service.

Find lots more advice on how to stop smoking [External link].

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  • Young Minds offer free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25. Visit The Young Minds website [External link].


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Safer sleep for babies - support for families

The Lullaby Trust [External link] promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep and provides special support for anyone bereaved through Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby where no cause is found.  While SIDS is rare, it can still happen and there are steps parents can take to help reduce the chance of this tragedy occurring. 



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  •  Family Lives [External link] provides a range of support to parents (formally Parentlineplus). 


Nappy sacks


Always keep nappy sacks out of reach.

Babies will naturally grasp anything and put it to their mouths, and nappy sacks can kill.

RoSPA is aware of at least 16 baby deaths in England and Wales due to nappy sacks. Find out more from RoSPA's website [External link].


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Refuge supports 3,800 women and children on any given day through a range of services, including refuges, independent advocacy, community outreach and culturally specific services. Find out more from Refuge's website [External link].


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PACE (Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation) 'Keep them Safe' CSE Training Resource 

PACE (Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation) are providing a free CSE training resource for parents and professionals called 'Keep them Safe'.  It is an introductory online course designed to help teach the signs and impacts of CSE and what to do if you think a child is being exploited. The resource provides a good overall understanding of CSE with links to films and resources as well as e-safety advice. A certificate will be provided upon completion.

Click link to access resource [External Link].

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Early Help Support for Families

Families can access Early Help support through completing an Early Help Assessment.  The assessment is developed with child/young person, parents/carers and the professionals that are working with the family such as school, college, GP, Doctor, Health Visitor, Midwife, Nursery Nurse, police, Children’s Services etc. The Early Help Assessment is designed to ensure that children, young people and their families receive the right support at an early stage to reduce the chance of escalation to specialist services. This tool should be used at the earliest opportunity when a family’s needs are not being met by universal services.  
For more information click on this link [External Link]


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Tool to help parents/carers set up parental controls

Online resource to help parents and carers to set up parental controls on games consoles and other gadgets around the home.  It allows parents/carers to pick the type of devices used by their children and young people and set the controls by following simple step by step guide with pictures.  Access the easy help guide by clicking here [External Link]

Information on how parents and carers can support their children to manage their rights and privacy online

The Children's Commissioner for England and Tes have produced simplified terms and conditions for Instagram, WhatsApp, YouTube, Snapchat and Facebook to help parents and carers support their children to manage their rights and privacy online. Further details available on the Children's Commissioner website.



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SWITCH is the young people’s substance misuse team based in Darlington.

The purpose of the service is to help young people who are misusing, or at risk of misusing drugs and alcohol. Our aim is to offer information, education and practical support. Young people, family or professionals can access and refer into the team through the confidential secure e-mail address

The team is child/family focused and works flexibly and creatively to overcome problems associated with substance misuse. We provide a holistic approach which centres on the health and well-being of young people.

For further information please contact the SWITCH team on

FREEPHONE  0800 862 0987 or text 07590 442 804

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