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For Parents, Carers and Professionals

Please click on the relevant tabs below to explore what services, organisations and support are available within Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and more nationally. 

 

Please note that this is an ever-evolving, working page that will be updated over time with the learning of other services available.  If you are aware of any children/ family services or resources that I have not addressed, please do not hesitate to let me know.  Thank you.   

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Northamptonshire 

Children, Young People and Families Therapeutic Services

 

- Broad Horizons is a company which provides a therapeutic service to children, young people and their families.

 

- CHAT - Free Youth Counselling is a charity and a part of the REACH network providing a free service to young people aged 9 - 25 years in the North East Northampton area.  

- Expresso Yourself Café (PDF Link) is a service provided by the REACH collaboration for children aged 11-to-18 years. 

- KidsAid is a charity providing a variety of creative therapies to support children and young people, alongside providing parent workshops, well-being workshops and CPD for professionals. 

- Jogo is a company providing a variety of services including behaviour support for schools, training, therapeutic services for children, young people and families.

- LGBTQ+ Services for Young People and their parents/ carers (Word Doc Link)

- Serenity is an NHS organisation who provide comprehensive support to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.

 

Service Six is a charitable organisation and a part of the REACH network who provide a variety of services to children, young people and adults across Northamptonshire as well as other counties including Leicestershire, Bedfordshire and Lincolnshire.  Alongside their counselling and therapeutic services, they also provide their TARGET project which stands for 'Targeting and Reducing Grooming, Exploitation and Trading of Children and Young People Online' in addition to their OPAL project which offers help and support to children and young people aged 10-to-18 who use self-harming behaviours as an unsafe coping mechanism to release their overwhelming experience of distress.  A further list of the services provided can be found here (PDF Link).

- The Lowdown is a charitable organisation and part of the REACH network who provide support services to 11-to-25 year olds, their services include counselling, well-being drop-ins and LGBTQ+ support, to name a few.  

 

- Time 2 Talk is also another charitable organisation who are a part of the REACH network that provide a range of support services to young people aged 11 - 25 in the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire areas.

- Youth Works is another charitable organisation and a part of the REACH network who deliver educational and support services to young people across Northamptonshire. 

Family Information Services

 

- Northamptonshire Children's Trust provides help and advice on all things children and families including parenting and relationship support, financial support, children's centres etc. 

 

Other Information/ Support Services

- En-Fold is a charitable organisation who provide support and advice to children, adults and families with Autism Spectrum Condition. 

- Flare Report App has recently been launched to help women and girls feel and be safer on the streets of Northamptonshire.  

- HomeStart (West Northamptonshire) provides support to families living with children under 5 years old.

- Pink Rooster is a charity providing music, creative arts and assistive technology across the county and beyond!  They are committed to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and groups living with dementia and other mental health and physical barriers.

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Warwickshire 

Children, Young People and Families Therapeutic Services

 

- Assist Trauma Care is a charitable organisation providing therapeutic help to children and adults who have experienced trauma.  They are centrally based in Rugby, however they have outreach therapists located across England and Wales.

- Compass Shine is an emotional health and well-being service for Coventry's children and young people aged between 5 to 18 years, and up to 25 years for individuals who have additional needs, or are a care leaver.  The service also supports parents, carers and professionals who are worried about a child or young persons' mental well-being. 

- Family Intervention Counselling Service (FICS) is a specialist counselling agency working with families and individuals who have experienced domestic violence.

 

- Rise is an NHS service providing emotional wellbeing and mental health support to children and young people within Coventry and Warwickshire.

- Rosa is a charitable organisation providing comprehensive support to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.

- Sycamore Counselling is a charitable organisation providing therapeutic support services to children, young people and adults across Warwickshire, but particularly within Nuneaton, Bedworth and surrounding areas.

- Treehouse is a Community Interest Company (CIC) launched in June 2023 offering services including therapy, family support, training and workshops.

Family Information Services

- Family Information Service Warwickshire is an information and signposting service for families.  They provide advice and one-to-one support to families with children and young people aged 0-25 years old on issues including health, well-being, SEND, housing and more. 

- Warwickshire County Council has a page dedicated to all things children and families from parenting support, childcare, health and well-being, housing and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

 

Other Information/ Support Services 

- Autism and Neurodiversity Services (Word Doc Link.)

- Circles Network is a charity providing support to disabled and disadvantaged children, young people, adults and families.

Compass, Children's and Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service (CYPDAS) is a free, confidential substance misuse service for children and young people aged between 5 to 25 years who need support around their own or another person's drug or alcohol use. 

- Compass, Connect for Health is a school nurse-led service that supports children, young people and their families in Warwickshire.

- HomeStart (South Warwickshire) provides support to families with young children. 

- The Ups of Downs celebrating Downs Syndrome is a charity based in Leamington Spa.  They provide information and support for parents and professionals, and run weekly sessions for different age groups (pre-school, primary and secondary children) to meet with other children their age to work on and develop essential skills through play and games!

- Violet Project is an organisation offering support around self-harm and suicide.

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National 

Support, Advice and Info

Please click on the relevant logo/s, this will take you directly to the webpage

This May Help - a recently new launched national initiative providing mental health advice to parents/ carers and families who may have concerns about their child's mental health.

 

A charity providing support for parents/ carers of children with a mental health issue.

Their mission to help everyone get a better nights kip! They provide advice, education and/ or support for children, adolescents, adults, workplaces and professionals,

A mental health charity for children, adolescents and their parents/ carers to ensure all young people can get the support they deserve.

A charity offering information, advice and support to young people experiencing bullying.

A mental health charity providing support, advice and training services. 

A counselling service for children and young people up until their 19th birthday, provided by the NSPCC.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is a charity campaigning in child protection. 

A charity created to help vulnerable children, young people and their families. 

A mental health charity providing support to those experiencing a mental health issue and working to tackle the stigma. 

A free online platform providing counselling and emotional well-being services to children and young people.  Accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop. 

A charity supporting those affected by an eating disorder.

Offers information, advice and support to children, young people and their families.

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health provides information, training and evidence to health professionals.

Autism and ADHD is a not-for-profit social enterprise that provide information, support and training.  

Help and support for single parents.

Mermaids is a charity supporting transgender, nonbinary and gender diverse children, young people and their families.  

Free loan of specialist toys to families who have disabled and terminally ill children.

A leading charity for autistic people and their families providing support, guidance and advice. 

The Marie Collins Foundation is a charity founded in 2011 and is dedicated to supporting children and young people of technology assisted child sexual abuse and exploitation.  They also support professionals working with young people via training, mentoring, and promoting the sharing of best practise.   

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Resources 

Trauma Support

- Crysalys Foundation - Tackling Trauma - has pages dedicated to children, young people, parents/carers and professionals about trauma with free multi-media information, resources and self-help tools available.  Sections include:

Introduction to trauma 

Trauma in children and young people

Trauma in adults

Trauma professionals

Thematic trauma: Education

Help Directory.

They have also launched a free web app for young people focused on trauma understanding, self-help recovery and resilience.  

- Beacon House Therapeutic Services and Trauma Team have a number of freely available resources to download and use in your home or work setting about trauma and trauma repair.

Mental Health and Well-being

- Anna Freud Centre is a charity dedicated to children and young people; their mission to close the gap in well-being and mental health via the delivery and sharing of up-to-date science and best practise to everyone who impacts the lives of children and young people.  Their website is informative and has pages dedicated for young people, parents/ carers and professionals on a myriad of topics that have an impact on the mental health and well-being of the next generation.

 

CAMHS Resources is a website that has been created to pool together all the helpful resources available online to support your mental health and well-being.  Sections include:

Downloads

Websites

Apps

Books 

Videos

Coronavirus

- Creative Education is a website created by Dr Pooky Knightsmith.  The website provides an array of many, many helpful resources, courses and webinars for parents and professionals who want to learn more and develop their skills.  Whilst you will need to sign up to access most of the resources, some are available free of charge.  Pooky Knightsmith also has a YouTube channel with lots of useful tips and tricks on all things mental health.

- ELSA Support provides downloadable resources and a range of complementary printed products that support the teaching of emotional literacy or emotional intelligence by ELSA’s (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants).  Many of the resources available are suitable for all teaching professionals to use and there are plenty of resources suitable for parents to use also.  Some of the resources are available for free whilst others require a small charge.  

Storytelling to support your children 

- Little Parachutes is a lovely website that provides an endless list of picture books to support your child in a wide range of topics including washing and good hygiene, death and bereavement to owning a pet.  They are constantly searching, assessing and reviewing picture books on various milestones and are happy to do the research on your behalf as it is not always easy to find what you are looking for. 

- Sophie's Stories.  Sophie is an amazing storyteller and is the author of 'The Stay Home Superheroes' and 'The Middle' (to name a couple), she offers a bespoke service to create personalised therapeutic stories for parents and professionals to use with children, as well as providing workshops and courses.

Play Therapy

British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) is a professional training provider for play therapists in the UK.

- Play Therapy United Kingdom (PTUK) is another professional training provider for play therapists in the UK.  They are part of the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC) organisation who provide creative arts and play therapy training around the world.

 

- Synergetic Play Therapy Institute (SPTI) is a research-informed model of play therapy created by Lisa Dion and incorporates the therapeutic powers of play with nervous system regulation, interpersonal neurobiology, attachment, mindfulness, physics and authenticity and offers a variety of training, some of these are freely available and can be accessed via YouTube whilst others require payment.

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