Support organisations

Support and resources

We've listed a range of organisations which offer support and advice to children, young people and families in Wales.

Action for Children

Formerly known as the National Children's Home (NCH), Action for Children supports vulnerable children and young people, including those with disabilities and those leaving care. Action for Children Cymru has offices in Cardiff.

Barnardo's Cymru

Working with the vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people, families and communities across Wales. Its main Welsh office is in Cardiff but it runs projects across the country, including family centres, young carers' projects, and adoption and fostering services.

BBC Parenting

This website offers help and advice about different aspects of parenting, from having a baby to schoolwork, childcare and fostering. It also links to BBC programme resources which are related to parenting.


Funded by the NSPCC, Childline is a free, 24-hour helpline for children in distress or danger. It deals with a range of issues such as bullying, pregnancy, abuse, drugs and anxiety. Childline has 14 centres across the UK including Swansea and Prestatyn.

Children in Wales

A registered charity which acts as an umbrella organisation for groups working with children and young people in Wales. Its website has some useful documents on parenting which can be downloaded free of charge.

Children's Commissioner for Wales

Wales was the first nation in the UK to appoint a Children's Commissioner to champion the rights and interests of young people. The Commissioner's staff operate an advice and support helpline for both children and adults.

Funky Dragon

Funky Dragon is a forum set up by the Welsh Assembly Government to give children and young people a voice in the political process. Its Grand Council is made up of a 100 young people aged 11-25 from across Wales.


Gingerbread was set up in 1970 to help lone parent families across the UK. It provides a network of local self-help groups, and provides support and training for lone parents. It merged with the One Parent Families organisation in 2007.


The aim of the NSPCC is to prevent cruelty to children and to offer support to families. The charity's electronic library has more than 30,000 resources on safeguarding and child protection.

Play Wales

Play Wales provides a range of online fact sheets and briefings on topics related to children and play. It is funded mainly by the Welsh Assembly Government and helped to write its 2002 Play Policy.

Save The Children Wales

Save the Children began working in Wales in the 1920s, assisting miners' families in poor areas. They now work with vulnerable children and young people, including refugee and asylum-seeking children, and those living in poverty.

Swansea University

The Centre for Child Research at Swansea University carries out research on a range of aspects relating to children, including outdoor play, outdoor spaces and interactive teaching. It also carried out an evaluation of the work of the Wales Children's Commissioner from 2005-08.

Tros Gynnal

Set up in 2002, Tros Gynnal is a Wales-based children's rights charity which supports and represents vulnerable children and young people through a range of projects, training and campaigning.

Welsh Assembly Government

Published in 2005, the WAG's Parenting Action Plan is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and aims to give advice and information to parents. The WAG has also adopted a Play policy and has pledged to eradicate child poverty by 2020.

Parentline Plus

A UK-wide charity which offers advice and guidance to parents and carers on a range of parenting issues. It also provides a free 24-hour helpline for parents.

Working Families

A UK-wide charity which works with parents and carers, organisations and employers to help find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work.


A UK-wide charity that has nearly 800 volunteers in Wales who visit families at home every week, supporting parents in situations as varied as isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness, disability or who are just finding parenting a struggle. They provide non-judgemental practical and emotional support.

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