Information and Support

If you, or someone you know, have been affected by the issues raised in this BBC Three season, the following organisations can help:

Parenting

NCT (formerly the National Childbirth Trust) is the UK’s largest charity for parents. Each year the charity supports hundreds of thousands of parents through a life-changing experience, offering expert information and trusted practical and emotional support through the website, helpline, the nationwide network of 300 local branches, antenatal and postnatal classes, breastfeeding counselling and peer support schemes.

Get practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood including help with feeding. For more information call 0300 330 0700, or visit the NCT site.

Straight Talking raises young people’s awareness of the problems associated with teenage parenthood with the aim of reducing the high rates of teenage pregnancy. They work to give young people an understanding of what it is really like to be a teenage parent, as told by teenage mothers and fathers. Contact them by phone on 020 8546 4665, email info@straighttalking.org, or visit the Straight Talking site.

The National Society for Children and Family Contact believes that continuing contact with a child’s extended family is vital for the child’s balanced development, and it works to foster those all-important family contacts. Visit National Society for Children and Family Contact site.

The Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership with Women's Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf. Contact the helpline in confidence on 0808 2000 247, or go online to the National Domestic Violence Helpline site.

Family Lives is a national charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life. They are there for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week through their website and free Family Lives Helpline. Whatever your family role or situation, they can help. Call the Helpline free anytime of the day on 0808 800 2222, or go online to the Family Lives site.

Birth trauma and postnatal depression

Association For Post Natal Illness is a national charity offering support and information for women suffering with Postnatal Depression, as well as a network of volunteers who have themselves experienced postnatal illness. Contact them by phone on 020 7386 0868 Monday to Friday between 10.00am and 2.00pm, or visit the Association For Post Natal Illness site.  

Perinatal Illness UK is a registered charity for women and their families who have, or think they may have any type of Perinatal illness. Visit the Perinatal Illness UK site.

The Birth Trauma Association (BTA) is a voluntary organisation of mothers who support women suffering from Post Natal Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or birth trauma. They aim to offer advice and support to all women and their families who are finding it hard to cope with their childbirth experience. They are also dedicated to researching PN PTSD and developing better diagnosis and treatment for sufferers as well as establishing preventative measures. Visit the Birth Trauma Association site.

NCT (formerly the National Childbirth Trust) is the UK’s largest charity for parents. Each year the charity supports hundreds of thousands of parents through a life-changing experience, offering expert information and trusted practical and emotional support through the website, helpline, the nationwide network of 300 local branches, antenatal and postnatal classes, breastfeeding counselling and peer support schemes.

Get practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood including help with feeding. For more information call 0300 330 0700, or visit the NCT site.

Mothers for Mothers is a group of mothers, most of who have suffered postnatal depression or distress after the birth of one or more of our babies. They offer support, advice, information and a listening ear, covering the South West. Visit the Mothers for Mothers site or call their helpline on 0117 975 6006, Monday to Thursday, 9.30am - 12.30pm and 2.30pm - 9pm.

PANDAS (pre and postnatal depression advice and support) Offers advice and support to individuals and their families across the U.K suffering pre and postnatal illnesses via their website, online community, email support, helpline and support groups.

PANDAS' helpline is open 9am till 8pm 7 days a week on0843 28 98 401. Or, you can visit the PANDAS site or email info@pandasfoundation.org.uk.

YoungMinds is a charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing of children and young people. Visit YoungMinds for information, support and advice or call the Parents Information Service helpline on 0808 802 5544, Monday to Friday between 9.30am – 4.30pm.

ICP Support is there for anyone affected by the liver condition intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (sometimes known as OC). They provide vital support for women suffering with ICP and their families, and collaborate with hospitals and health professionals to continue the need for sharing knowledge about the condition. For further information and details of forums and a dedicated Support Line, go to www.icpsupport.org

Single parenting and disability

Home-Start is a charity that gives practical and emotional support to parents, with at least one child under the age of five, in their own homes. They give a trained and CRB/DBS-checked parent volunteer to each family. They visit them at home every week and support in whatever way is needed. Home-Start will help in a variety of situations including isolation, bereavement, poverty, domestic abuse, multiple births, post natal depression and other poor or inappropriate housing, drug and alcohol addiction, illness or disability. See the Home-Start site or phone free from landlines on 0800 068 63 68.

Disabled Parents Network (DPN) is a national organisation for disabled people who are parents or who hope to become parents, and their families including any "young carers", friends and supporters. They aim to increase society's acceptance of disability in parenthood. Their vision is of a society which accepts disability and parenthood and provides the opportunities and support to enable disabled people to have and to bring up their children on an equal basis with non-disabled parents. They are available for all parents with a disability or long-term health challenge. For the helpline and general enquiries, call 0300 3300 639, or visit the Disabled Parents Network site.

Gingerbread is the national charity working with and for single parents. They provide information and expert advice on anything from dealing with a break-up, to going back to work or sorting out maintenance, benefit or tax credit issues. You can find information on the Gingerbread website. On the community pages of the website you can also join for free as a Gingerbread member, and log in to the forums to chat and share experiences with other single parents.

Genetic Disorders UK is the national charity supporting families affected by genetic disorders. They can be contacted on 0800 987 8987 from 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday. You can also find further information on their website Genetic Disorders UK site.

Partners in prison

POPS (Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group), based in Manchester, provide information and support to the families of offenders from their earliest contact with the Criminal Justice System, through to release and beyond. POPS was established by family members in 1988 and has maintained a ‘user-led’ approach to service delivery and development ever since.

POPS deliver a variety of services both locally and nationally based on POPS’ ‘continuum of care’ concept; providing services throughout the Criminal Justice System which support families to identify and address their own needs. POPS have Family Support Workers attached to a variety of prisons and probation initiatives as well as running a number of prison visitor centres across the North-West. POPS are currently contracted to deliver the Offenders’ Families Helpline.

You can contact POPS by phoning 0161 702 1000 or emailing mail@partnersofprisoners.co.uk. Alternatively for more information visit the Partners of Prisoners website.

Ormiston Children & Families Trust is a leading children's charity in the East of England covering a wide spectrum of services. They work in prisons across a number of counties, supporting children and young people cope with the imprisonment of a parent. They achieve this through facilitating children's visits, baby-bonding sessions, running visitors' centres, parenting courses and participating in the 'Story Book Dads' scheme where parents can record stories onto CD and send them home to their children. For more information visit the Ormiston Children & Families Trust site.

The Offenders' Families Helpline provides information and support to anyone supporting an offender through their contact with the Criminal Justice System. The helpline is open Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 8pm and Saturdays and Sundays, 10.00am - 3pm. The Helpline is delivered by Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group (POPS) and commissioned by NOMS. Contact them on 0808 808 2003 or by email on info@offendersfamilieshelpline.org. Alternatively for more information visit the Offenders' Families Helpline site. Translation services are available for those whose first language is not English.

Families Outside is a charity in Scotland that works solely to support the families of people involved in the criminal justice system in Scotland. They work to mitigate the effects of imprisonment on children and families, and consequently to reduce the likelihood of reoffending through support and information for families and for the people who work with them. Call the Families Outside Support & Information Helpline 0500 83 93 83, or text FAMOUT followed by your query or concern to 60777. Email support@familiesoutside.org.uk, or visit the Families Outside site.

Nacro, the crime reduction charity, work with people at risk of offending and those already in the criminal justice system to provide them with skills, support and access to education, training and employment. Nacro also work to resettle ex-offenders by helping them cope after serving a prison sentence, so they can settle back into the community and take responsibility for their lives. Nacro’s helpline offers information, advice and support to prisoners, ex-offenders, and those involved with them. You can contact the helpline on 0800 0181 259 (prisoners only) or 020 7840 6464, or visit the Nacro website.