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FAQs - Families & Parenting

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In this section of the website you will find frequently asked questions about particular issues or situations that affect children and young people and their parents. It is hoped that the answers to these questions will offer people useful information and advice, including links to other websites where appropriate.
I think my daughter is using drugs, what are the signs?
Moody, lack of personal hygiene, lack of interest in everyday things, coming home late, change of friendship groups are all signs of drug use however they could be just the signs of being a teenager. There are not any clear signs of drug use but look out for loss of appetite, red eyes, money regularly going missing and unusual equipment such as burnt foil, torn cigarette packets, cut up plastic bottles and home made pipes.


What are the current school term dates?
Please follow the link below for the current official school term and holiday dates for the Borough of Redcar & Cleveland, however some schools will vary from these dates and it is advisable to double-check all dates directly with your school.
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/main.nsf/web+full+list/a4f9e105dcc300e580256e54003e816c?opendocument


Can I claim for Child Tax Credit?
Nine out of ten families with children qualify. How much you get depends on things like:
  • How many children or qualifying young people live with you.
  • Whether child living with you is disabled
  • Your income
Anyone whos mainly responsible for a child can claim you dont need to be a parent. If you share responsibility with a spouse or partner that you live with, you must claim together whether married or not. If you share responsibility with someone that doesnt live with you, you must decide between who has main responsibility Only the family with main responsibility can claim Child Tax Credit.
For more information on tax credits you can call the tax credits helpline on 0800 731 9133 or visit website www.hmrc.gov.uk


Where do I go to find a counsellor for my child?
Your GP or your child’s school will be able to give you information about where to find a counsellor. Some schools have their own counsellor. Also the directory will be able to find you a service that may be able to help you.


What is Play therapy?
Play Therapy helps children understand muddled feelings and upsetting events that they haven't had the chance to sort out properly. Rather than having to explain what is troubling them, as adult therapy usually expects, children use play to communicate at their own level and at their own pace, without feeling interrogated or threatened.


How can play therapy help my child?
Play is vital to a child's development in every way. It helps make learning concrete for all children and young people including those for whom verbal communication may be difficult.

Play Therapy helps children in a variety of ways. Children receive emotional support and can learn to understand more about their own feelings and thoughts. Sometimes they may re-enact or play out traumatic or difficult life experiences in order to make sense of their past and cope better with their future. Children may also learn to manage relationships and conflicts in more appropriate ways.

The outcomes of Play Therapy may be general e.g. a reduction in anxiety and raised self-esteem, or more specific such as a change in behaviour and improved relations with family and friends.

For further information on Play therapy - www.bapt.info/


What is adoption?



My parents are splitting and I think it’s my fault?
It's not your fault! Never. Nothing you have done has made your parents split up. Your parents are still your mum and your dad and always will be. They are having problems with each other, not you.

Mum and Dad still love and care about you, even if they don't always behave as if they do.

You are still you, whatever happens, and you are very special.

You are not alone. One in every four children has parents who have split up and are now separated or divorced.

For more help and advice please visit the following website links:-

This website may help you - http://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/our-services/family-support/targeted-intervention/mediation
https://www.gov.uk/browse/births-deaths-marriages/marriage-divorce


I’m having trouble coping with my 5 year old son’s behaviour, I feel I’m a bad parent.
Your job as a parent is one of the most difficult jobs there is , it can be both challenging and rewarding. It is a job that doesnt come with training to prepare you for what lies ahead.

Every family experiences difficulties from time to time and it can test the best parents, it doesnt mean when things go wrong you have failed as a parent.
There is no such thing as a perfect parent and there are services available to you who can support and guide you through these difficult times.
You may find the following website links helpful for further advice and information:

www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/childprotection
www.bbc.co.uk/parenting
www.parentlineplus.org.uk

You can also gain advice from your local Health Visiting and School Nursing services in Redcar and Cleveland please visit links below

Health Visiting and School Nursing - West (covers Eston, Grangetown, Normanby,South Bank, Nunthorpe, Teesville, Ormesby and Overfields)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

Health Visiting and School Nursing - East (This service covers Boosbeck, Brotton, Carlin How, Charltons, Guisborough, Lingdale, Loftus,
Saltburn, Skelton and Skinningrove) http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=469A9195AB94DD9C80257375003C58F2

Health Visiting and School Nursing - Central (This service covers Marske, New Marske,Redcar and Saltburn)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A





My child is not sleeping through the night, what can I do?
There are different reasons why babies and young children do not sleep through the night. Try to establish a sleep routine as early as six weeks if possible. Feel confident in yourself to know whether your child is really distressed or just restless. If you sleep is frequently distrupted by your childs restlessness, arrange for a trusted friend to care for your baby or child so that you can have some sleep.
There are plenty of services that can help you establish a routine or suggest ways to help with this problem.

A useful resource is the Safe Parenting Handbook , this handbook provides helpful information on parenting and can be found at

www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/childprotection

You can also gain advice from your local Health Visiting and School Nursing services in Redcar and Cleveland please visit links below
Alternatively you could call the NHS Direct on 0845 4647

Health Visiting and School Nursing - West (covers Eston, Grangetown, Normanby,South Bank, Nunthorpe, Teesville, Ormesby and Overfields)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

Health Visiting and School Nursing - East (This service covers Boosbeck, Brotton, Carlin How, Charltons, Guisborough, Lingdale, Loftus,
Saltburn, Skelton and Skinningrove) http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=469A9195AB94DD9C80257375003C58F2

Health Visiting and School Nursing - Central (This service covers Marske, New Marske,Redcar and Saltburn)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A







How can play help my child?
Children of all ages learn through play. Play is natural way for your child to learn about the world around them. Children learn through play at home, at nurseries and playgroups, with their friends, at school and beyond. Play is a vital part of your childs development and you have a continuing vital role to play. Children who are encouraged to express themselves freely through play tend to be more able to adapt, learn skills and perform better at school. There are all sorts of groups and programmes in your area to help your child play and learn.
Sure Start have Children's Centres in the Redcar and Cleveland area which offer a variety of activities in your local area for children aged 0-5 years old.
For more information please visit www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/SureStart
For information on activities for children of all ages please see the activities and events section of the Families' Guide.


What are the signs of depression?
Warning signs are not sleeping, mood swings, change in eating habits, not caring about their appearance, dropping friends and hobbies, staying in their room, crying, not doing so well at school, finding it hard to work, loss of self confidence or being self critical.
If you think your teenager is depressed, talk to them and find out if there is any way you can help. Be patient and understanding.
For more information please refer to the Safe Parenting Handbook at www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/childprotection

Useful Contacts are:-
YoungMinds Parents' Information Service 0800 018 2138 www.youngminds.org.uk
Parentline Plus 0808 800 2222 www.parentlineplus.org.uk
Your GP
NHS Direct 0845 4647 www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
Parents Advice Service - a local drop-in service for parents who may have concerns about their teenager's emotional well-being. Contact 01642 286644 for more details.


What is Parental Responsibility?
Having parental responsibility means you have the right to make important decisions about your childs life in areas like medical treatment and education. But it also means you have responsibilities. You have a duty to care for and protect your child.
For further information please visit the following website link:-
www.direct.gov.uk/en/Parents/FamilyIssues


I’m a father do I have parental responsibility for my child?
According to current law, a mother always has parental responsibility for her child. A father, however, has this responsibility only if he is married to the mother or has acquired legal responsibility for his child. Living with the mother, even for a long time, does not automatically give the father parental responsibility. Parental responsibility does not always pass to the natural father if the mother dies and the parents were not married.
For further information please visit the following website link.
www.direct.gov.uk/en/Parents/FamilyIssues
www.fnf.org.uk


How can unmarried fathers get legal responsibility?
Unmarried fathers can acquire parental responsibility for their children in several ways, depending on when their children were born.

For children born before 1 December 2003, unmarried fathers can get parental responsibility by:
  • Marrying the mother of their child or by obtaining a parental responsibility order from the court.
  • Registering a parental responsibility agreement with the court or by an application to court.
For children born after 1 December 2003, the situation is different. Unmarried fathers can get parental responsibility by:
  • Registering the child's birth jointly with the mother at the time of the birth this is quite common now and many parents choose to do this.
  • Re-registering the birth if you are the natural father
  • Marrying the mother of their child or by obtaining parental responsibility order from the court
  • Registering with the court for parental responsibility.
For further information on this matter go to - www.direct.gov.uk/en/Parents/FamilyIssues
AndTheLaw/ParentsRights/DG_4002954

www.fnf.org.uk



How can I prepare my child for school?
Visit the school together when other children are there so he/she can get used to noise and become familar with grounds.
Meet childs teacher together.
Explain basic school routines and school rules.
Give your child lots of love and support and be excited and enthuastic about him/her starting school.
For more help and advice please see the link for details of the Choice Advisor who can help and advise you further.
http://www.redcarclevelandcyptrust.org.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=168CEBDB31BDDEAF80257391004DF7DC
Also for the following website is useful for information and advice www.direct.gov.uk


When should I potty train my child?
Your child is more likely to learn to control their bladder if you are relaxed and calm about it. Remember your child will learn at their own pace and praise rather than punishment will help. Between the ages of three and four years your child is likely to be dry during the day, with the occasional accident. For more information please refer to the Safe Parenting Handbook by visiting http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/childprotection

You can gain advice from your local Health Visiting and School Nursing services in Redcar and Cleveland please visit links below

Health Visiting and School Nursing - West (covers Eston, Grangetown, Normanby,South Bank, Nunthorpe, Teesville, Ormesby and Overfields)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

Health Visiting and School Nursing - East (This service covers Boosbeck, Brotton, Carlin How, Charltons, Guisborough, Lingdale, Loftus,
Saltburn, Skelton and Skinningrove) http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=469A9195AB94DD9C80257375003C58F2

Health Visiting and School Nursing - Central (This service covers Marske, New Marske,Redcar and Saltburn)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

For more help and advice the following websites may be useful:-

www.bbc.co.uk/parenting
www.direct.gov.uk


My child has started biting, how do I stop this?
In all instances, react swiftly and keep your cool.
Don't ever bite or hit back.
Look at what triggers this and intervene.
Teach them it is wrong.
Teach your child how to express their feelings in a different way.
For advice you could seek help from your local health visiting services details of which can be found by visiting the websites links below:-

Health Visiting and School Nursing - West (covers Eston, Grangetown, Normanby,South Bank, Nunthorpe, Teesville, Ormesby and Overfields)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

Health Visiting and School Nursing - East (This service covers Boosbeck, Brotton, Carlin How, Charltons, Guisborough, Lingdale, Loftus,
Saltburn, Skelton and Skinningrove) http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=469A9195AB94DD9C80257375003C58F2

Health Visiting and School Nursing - Central (This service covers Marske, New Marske,Redcar and Saltburn)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

or alternatively for more information you could refer to the Safe Parenting Handbook by visiting the website linkwww.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/childprotection


How do I become a Foster Carer?



What are my Paternity Leave Rights?
If you've worked for your employer before your partners pregnancy began you probably have the right to paid paternity leave providing you meet certain conditions. For more information visit www.direct.gov.uk


When should I start weaning my baby onto foods?
Babies are usually ready to start solids when they are around six months old and this is the time to gradually introduce non-milk foods, a process called 'weaning'
You can gain advice from your local Health Visiting and School Nursing services in Redcar and Cleveland please visit links below

Health Visiting and School Nursing - West (covers Eston, Grangetown, Normanby,South Bank, Nunthorpe, Teesville, Ormesby and Overfields)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

Health Visiting and School Nursing - East (This service covers Boosbeck, Brotton, Carlin How, Charltons, Guisborough, Lingdale, Loftus,
Saltburn, Skelton and Skinningrove) http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=469A9195AB94DD9C80257375003C58F2

Health Visiting and School Nursing - Central (This service covers Marske, New Marske,Redcar and Saltburn)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

For more help and advice on feeding your baby visit www.bbc.co.uk/parenting or direct.gov.uk


My child keeps bedwetting, how can I stop this?
Try to be patient, let your child know you are not cross. Talk to your child to see if he is anxious or stressed about something. Speak to a GP to check it is not a health problem or you could talk to your Health Visitor.
You could also refer to the Safe Parenting Handbook for futher information and advice, you can access this by visiting www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/childprotection

For advice from your local Health Visiting and School Nursing services in Redcar and Cleveland please visit links below

Health Visiting and School Nursing - West (covers Eston, Grangetown, Normanby,South Bank, Nunthorpe, Teesville, Ormesby and Overfields)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

Health Visiting and School Nursing - East (This service covers Boosbeck, Brotton, Carlin How, Charltons, Guisborough, Lingdale, Loftus,
Saltburn, Skelton and Skinningrove) http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=469A9195AB94DD9C80257375003C58F2

Health Visiting and School Nursing - Central (This service covers Marske, New Marske,Redcar and Saltburn)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A







What can I do if my child is overweight?
You could help your child by getting them to eat more healthily at home, develop an active family lifestyle and limit low energy activities.
The following website may also be useful www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/change-for-life.aspx
If you are worried about a pre-school or a school aged child you can contact your local health visiting and school nurse team who will be able to offer help and advice.
For advice from your local Health Visiting and School Nursing services in Redcar and Cleveland please visit links below

Health Visiting and School Nursing - West (covers Eston, Grangetown, Normanby,South Bank, Nunthorpe, Teesville, Ormesby and Overfields)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

Health Visiting and School Nursing - East (This service covers Boosbeck, Brotton, Carlin How, Charltons, Guisborough, Lingdale, Loftus,
Saltburn, Skelton and Skinningrove) http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=469A9195AB94DD9C80257375003C58F2

Health Visiting and School Nursing - Central (This service covers Marske, New Marske,Redcar and Saltburn)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A






I think my child is bullying other children, what can I do?
Discuss with your child without being angry. Discuss how they think they will change their behaviour. Explain how this behaviour makes others feel.
Talk to your childs school.
For more help and information please visit the website links below:

www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/childprotection
www.direct.gov.uk
www.beatbullying.org

Alternatively you can call Kidscape on 08451 205 204.


Am I entitled to a Maternity Grant?
You can get a Sure Start Maternity Grant if you or your partner are getting:
Income Support
Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit at a higher rate than family element or
Working Tax Credit where a disability elemnt is included in the award

If you are on a qualifying benefit, you can claim at any time from 11 weeks before the first day of the week before the baby is due, until 3 months after the day that the baby was born. If you are likely to qualify for a grant but not yet on a qualifying benefit do not put off claiming as the time limits are strict.

You can claim this grant on form SF100 Sure Start which you can get from your local jobcentreplus office.
Details are also availabe at the DWP-Maternity Section by visiting website www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk


Where can I get help and advice about teenage pregnancy?



My baby constantly cries, what can I do?
You baby could be crying for many different reasons:
  • feeling too hot or cold
  • colic or wind
  • needing a nappy change
  • feeling bored and wanting company
  • being upset and wanting a cuddle
  • getting overstimulated
  • wanting to be held
  • feeling pain
Seek advice from your health visitor or GP if your baby's crying seems unusual, or if it goes on and on and you're unable to comfort him.

For contact details of your local Health Visitor please see the following website links for Health Visiting and School Nursing services in Redcar and Cleveland:-

Health Visiting and School Nursing - West (covers Eston, Grangetown, Normanby,South Bank, Nunthorpe, Teesville, Ormesby and Overfields)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

Health Visiting and School Nursing - East (This service covers Boosbeck, Brotton, Carlin How, Charltons, Guisborough, Lingdale, Loftus,
Saltburn, Skelton and Skinningrove) http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=469A9195AB94DD9C80257375003C58F2

Health Visiting and School Nursing - Central (This service covers Marske, New Marske,Redcar and Saltburn)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A





My baby cries all the time, what can I do?
Your baby could be crying for many different reasons:
feeling too hot or cold
colic or wind
needing a nappy change
feeling bored and wanting company
being upset and wanting a cuddle
getting overstimulated
wanting to be held
feeling pain

Seek advice from your Health Visitor or GP if your baby's crying seems unusual, or if it goes on and on and you 're unable to comfort him.

For advice from your local Health Visiting and School Nursing services in Redcar and Cleveland please visit links below

Health Visiting and School Nursing - West (covers Eston, Grangetown, Normanby,South Bank, Nunthorpe, Teesville, Ormesby and Overfields)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

Health Visiting and School Nursing - East (This service covers Boosbeck, Brotton, Carlin How, Charltons, Guisborough, Lingdale, Loftus,
Saltburn, Skelton and Skinningrove) http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=469A9195AB94DD9C80257375003C58F2

Health Visiting and School Nursing - Central (This service covers Marske, New Marske,Redcar and Saltburn)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A







Where can I get Home Fire Safety advice?
Visit the Cleveland Fire Brigade website for home fire safety advice www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/community-safety


How do I register a birth, marriage or death?
Contact the Registrar at Redcar and Cleveland Register Office, Westgate, Guisborough, TS!4 6AP
Telephone 01287 632564


I am worried about my teenager drinking, what can I do?
Talk about the dangers - from health to safety.
Observe and talk to your child if you are worried.
Use every opportunity to discuss alchohol and drug use, for example, when drugs or alcohol are mentioned in a television programme. You can give accurate information regarding the risks of substance use.
Ensure that you are informed about alcohol and drug use and the effects. There are many helpful guides available from the helplines listed below.
Contacts are:-
Crest (DISC) Redcar and Cleveland Young Person's Substance Misuse Project (confidential, under 19'sm alcohol and drugs) 01642 495737
On Track Redcar and Cleveland (adults alcohol and drugs) 01642 516716
Middlesbrough Alcohol Treatment Services (adults, alcohol and drugs) 01642 516351
Albert Centre (adults, alcohol and drugs) 01642 221484

For more information and advice please visit the safe parenting handbook at www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/childprotection


How can I find out about Child Benefit?
Child Benefit is for children under 16 years of age. Its non-taxable and you can get it no matter how much you earn, although if you're claiming benefits this could affect your payments.
For more information visit www.dfes.gov.uk/parents


According to the Doctor my child needs to lose weight. How can I stop my child gaining weight? I am worried he/she is becoming obese and unhealthy.
Some really helpful information can be found on the Parents section of the www.direct.gov website and includes a link to a calculator which will help you work out if your child's weight is a health risk. It also includes a link to a leaflet specially designed for parents on the importance of a healthy weight for children and steps parents can take to help their child lead a healthy lifestyle. There are some 'top tips for top mums' on the www.nhs.uk/livewell/5ADAY/Pages/5ADAYhome.aspx website which give really simple practical advice on ways you can get your child to eat more fruit and vegetables.
If you are really concerned, you should also make an appointment to talk your GP, and, if your child is at school, the school nurse will also be able to help.
If you are worried about a pre-school or a school aged child you can contact your local health visiting and School Nurser team who will be able to offer help and advice. The following websites may also be useful www.nhs.uk/Change4life or www.fruits&veggiematter.gov
Alternatively try the NHS Direct Helpline 0845 4647.

For advice from your local Health Visiting and School Nursing services in Redcar and Cleveland please visit links below

Health Visiting and School Nursing - West (covers Eston, Grangetown, Normanby,South Bank, Nunthorpe, Teesville, Ormesby and Overfields)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

Health Visiting and School Nursing - East (This service covers Boosbeck, Brotton, Carlin How, Charltons, Guisborough, Lingdale, Loftus,
Saltburn, Skelton and Skinningrove) http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=469A9195AB94DD9C80257375003C58F2

Health Visiting and School Nursing - Central (This service covers Marske, New Marske,Redcar and Saltburn)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A





I am a parent with a young disabled child, what childcare and support is available?
You can find all the information you need about what help and support is available and what you can expect from local services, plus everything you need to know in caring for a disabled child, on the Early Support website at www.earlysupport.org.uk. Early support is the Government's support programme for families and young disabled children. You can also get in touch with Contact a Family, who provide a full range of similar help and advice. For help finding appropriate local childcare to meet your child's needs, please contact the Families' Information Service on 01642 771173.


Where can I get advice on being a Parent?
For information and advice on lots of parenting issues you may find the following websites very useful.

www.direct.gov.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/parenting
Parentline Plus visit www.parentlineplus.org.uk or telephone 0808 800 2222
Website for single parents visit www.singleparents.org.uk


I have been adopted/my child has been adopted/we have adopted a child. Where can we find independent advice, information, counselling and support?
The following organisations can help you:
After Adoption - Confidential Helpline Call 0800 0568 578 or visit website www.afteradoption.org.uk

Talk Adopotion Helpline 0800 808 1234 Mon - Fri 3.00pm - 9.00pm or visit www.talkadoption.org.uk


I am in care, where can I find information about the law and my rights?
An information service for children in care can be found at: www.carelaw.org.uk or National Youth Advocacy Service. - this has an Advocacy Service for children in care. Any young person looked after by a local Authority may ring the freephone helpline on 0800 616101 - Lines are open 3.30pm - 9.30pm every weekday and 2.00pm - 8.00pm on Saturday's and Sundays.
Visit website www.nyas.net or call helpline.
Redcar & Cleveland also have a Children in Care Council who have worked together to design their own website full of lots of useful information for children and young people living in care. Please visit www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/childrenincare
For more information about the Children in Care Council please contact:
Children's Participation Officer - Tel: 01642 777546 or Mobile: 07500606968

These organisations can also give advice about being in care.
Who Cares Trust - visit www.thewhocarestrust.org.uk


Who is a lead professional?
If a number of people are providing support to your child, one of these people may be appointed as a 'lead professional'.

This person will keep you informed, listen to your views and support you. The named worker will also co-ordinate all the services supporting your child.

You and your child will have a say in who should be the lead professional.

For more information about the Common Assessment please contact: CAF Team, Shirley Guffick/Ellie McFadyen on 01642 771500.


What is the Common Assessment Framework?
The Common Assessment Framework (or CAF) is a new way of working with children and young people. It involves listening to you and your child to find out your child's needs, and what is working well in your child's life.

An action plan, agreed with you and your, is also put in place to make sure your child gets the right sort of help.

The CAF is voluntary - you and your child can choose to be involved.


How will the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) help my family?
The CAF exists to help you support your child. It can lead to a quick solution or help to identify extra support if needed.

The CAF will ensure that everyone involved with your child - such as teachers and health visitors - works together to support your child.

The CAF will help your child receive the right support at an early stage before their needs increase. As the CAF is a shared assessment, you and your child will not have to repeat the same story to different workers.

For more information about the Common Assessment, please contact: CAF Team - Shirley Guffick/Ellie McFadyen on 01642 771500.


How can I deal with my child's temper tantrums?
You could gain help and advice from the Health Visiting Services. For further details on the Health Visiting and School Nursing services in Redcar & Cleveland please visit links below

Health Visiting and School Nursing - West (covers Eston, Grangetown, Normanby,South Bank, Nunthorpe, Teesville, Ormesby and Overfields)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

Health Visiting and School Nursing - East (This service covers Boosbeck, Brotton, Carlin How, Charltons, Guisborough, Lingdale, Loftus,
Saltburn, Skelton and Skinningrove) http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=469A9195AB94DD9C80257375003C58F2

Health Visiting and School Nursing - Central (This service covers Marske, New Marske,Redcar and Saltburn)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A




Why shouldn't I smack my child?
For help and advice on parenting the Safe Parenting Handbook can give good advice visit htttp://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/ChildProtection/Parenting/default.html

You can also gain advice from your local Health Visiting and School Nursing services in Redcar and Cleveland please visit links below

Health Visiting and School Nursing - West (covers Eston, Grangetown, Normanby,South Bank, Nunthorpe, Teesville, Ormesby and Overfields)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

Health Visiting and School Nursing - East (This service covers Boosbeck, Brotton, Carlin How, Charltons, Guisborough, Lingdale, Loftus,
Saltburn, Skelton and Skinningrove) http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=469A9195AB94DD9C80257375003C58F2

Health Visiting and School Nursing - Central (This service covers Marske, New Marske,Redcar and Saltburn)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A




What is NHS LifeCheck?
NHS LifeCheck is an online health service that will help people assess and manage their own health through the major life stages and beyond. It will inform, empower and support people, to help them change their lives so that they can be healthier, and live longer.

NHS LifeCheck is for everyone, particularly those from the most deprived communities. It provides information and practical advice, supporting people in making small changes that make a big difference to future health and well-being. For more information visit: www.nhs.uk/lifecheck


Where did NHS LifeCheck come from?
In the public consultation Your Health, Your Care, Your Say people clearly stated that they want to take more responsibility for their health and well-being. Three quarters of participants identified regular health checks as a top priority to help them do this. In response, the 2006 White Paper Our Health, Our Care, Our Say announced the development of NHS LifeCheck.

Since then, the Department of Health has been working with partners including health and social care professionals, academic researchers, stakeholders, experts and end-users to develop LifeChecks for three key stages in peoples lives:
  • NHS Early Years LifeCheck for parents and carers with babies 5-8 months old
  • NHS Teen LifeCheck for young people aged 12-15
  • NHS Mid-life LifeCheck for the 45-60 age group

For more information visit: www.nhs.uk/lifecheck


How does the NHS LifeCheck work?
Each NHS LifeCheck takes the user through a four-step process:

1. a straightforward and confidential lifestyle assessment questionnaire that covers topics such as emotional well-being, smoking, diet and exercise. 2. clear results are produced and specific feedback given about how identified health risks may affect the persons health and longevity. 3. NHS LifeCheck then encourages users to think about modifying their day-to-day behaviour and assists them in planning for change by setting realistic and motivating personal goals, with the option of personal reminders.

4. a save and return facility gives users the freedom to return and review their results at their leisure, with the option of planning for change in a different lifestyle area.



For more information please visit: www.nhs.uk/lifecheck



When will NHS LifeCheck be available?
To ensure maximum penetration in hard to reach areas, both the NHS Early Years and Teen LifeChecks are being promoted initially in 83 Communities for Health areas from late 2008. Following a high-profile marketing campaign, both tools will then be promoted across the rest of England from early 2009. The NHS Mid-life LifeCheck is expected to go to open pilot in early 2009, with national roll-out later in the year.
For more information visit: www.nhs.uk/lifecheck


Where can I get more information about NHS LifeCheck?
For more information about NHS LifeCheck please visit www.nhs.uk/lifecheck or email your questions to lifecheck@dh.gsi.gov.uk


I am eligible for the Health in Pregnancy grant?
If your expected date of delivery is on or after 6th April 2009, and you are at least 25 weeks pregnant, then YES you can make a claim.

From April 2009, you can claim a one-off, tax-free payment from H M Revenue & Customs (HMRC) if you're a mum-to-be who's at least 25 weeks pregnant. The payment is called 'Health in Pregnancy Grant' and is to help you prepare for the birth of your baby.

Your due date needs to be on or after 6 April 2009 for you to make a claim.

Who can get Health in Pregnancy Grant?

You can get the grant if all of the following apply:

  • you are 25 weeks pregnant or more
  • your expected date of delivery is on or after 6 April 2009
  • you have been given health advice from a midwife or doctor
you may not get the grant if:
  • you are subject to immigration control or
  • you are not present, ordinarily resident or have a right to reside in the UK
How much do you get?

The grant will be a one-off payment of £190 for each pregnancy. It will not affect your tax credits or any other benefits. Everyone will get the same amount you will not be asked about your income.

How do you claim?

Get a claim form from your midwife or doctor any time from 1 January 2009 onwards - as long as you're at least 25 weeks pregnant and your expected delivery date is on or after 6 April 2009. Your midwife or doctor must fill in their part of the form and sign it before giving it to you.

You will need to get your claim form to HMRC within 31 days of your midwife or doctor signing the form - otherwise you may miss out on the grant.

You can get a free text message or email reminder to help you remember to claim if you are not 25 weeks pregnant yet.




I wish I knew where I could breastfeed my baby when I'm out and about?
Breastfeeding is completely natural and 85% of people do not find breastfeeding in public offensive. However, if you are still worried about this, there are a number of breastfeeding friendly venues that you can visit. These are all shown in the attachments below, as well as information about Breastfeeding Social groups at the Children's Centres across the borough. For further support, please contact your local Midwife or Health Visitor, or use the following national helplines:

4584 breastfeed booklet.pdf4584 breastfeed booklet.pdf

Breastfeeding Support groups.pdfBreastfeeding Support groups.pdf

Useful websites for further information http://www.breastfeeding.nhs.uk
Useful helplines National Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 100 0212, La Leche League 08451 202918, NCT Helpline 0300 3300771

For further details on the Health Visiting and School Nursing services in Redcar and Cleveland please visit links below

Health Visiting and School Nursing - West (covers Eston, Grangetown, Normanby,South Bank, Nunthorpe, Teesville, Ormesby and Overfields)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

Health Visiting and School Nursing - East (This service covers Boosbeck, Brotton, Carlin How, Charltons, Guisborough, Lingdale, Loftus,
Saltburn, Skelton and Skinningrove) http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=469A9195AB94DD9C80257375003C58F2

Health Visiting and School Nursing - Central (This service covers Marske, New Marske,Redcar and Saltburn)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A



How do I know that my child will be safe ?
Keeping Children Safe - When choosing services or activities.

What you must ask yourself:
1) Have the activity leaders/staff been CRB checked ?
2) Do I have their address and contact number & do they have mine ?
3) Does my organisation looking after your child have a Child Protection policy & procedures ?
4) Is my child happy to talk about activities & individuals ?
5) Will my child be supervised by a safe adult at all times ?
6) Are the staff suitably qualified ?
7) What kind of reputation has the service or activity got? (Ask around)

Hzve you got a concern?
You should always talk to the senior person in charge of the service if you have concerns.

If you are worried that a child is being abused:

DO NOT DELAY!

Contact:

Redcar and Cleveland Children's Social Care: 01642 771500.
Out of Hours Duty Team: 08702402994.
Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit: 01642 326326.
For further advice phone NSPCC 24-hour helpline: 0808 800 5000


My child has a learning disability and is being bullied, where can I get advice on how to deal with this?
This factsheet explains what bullying is and why it takes place. It looks at some ways you can try to prevent bullying from happening or to stop it when it is happening.

Bullying and children with a learning disability[1].pdf


What is Aspergers Syndrome?
Hans Asperger first described what is now called Asperger syndrome. It is a form of autism and is used to describe people at the higher functioning end of the autistic spectrum. It is a life-long condition and is more commonly diagnosed in males than females. See the attached PDF for more information:

Asperger Syndrome[1].pdf


Are the records of people with a learning disability confidential?
People with a learning disability have the right to confidentiality. People with a learning disability should be involved or consulted in decisions which have the effect of disclosing or passing on confidential information about them. There is no single law of privacy in the UK. There are several overlapping laws, which provide protection overaspects of confidentiality. The three areas of law that deal with confidentiality are: Common Law, Human Rights, Act Data Protection Act.

CAANWFDY..pdf


What is Autism?
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them. People with autism have difficulties with everyday interaction. You can see more information from The National Autistic Society on the following website:

www.nas.org.uk


What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is defined by two broad groups of behavioural problems: inattentiveness, and a combination of hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Common symptoms within these groups include a short attention span, restlessness, being easily distracted, and constant fidgeting.There is no cure for ADHD, but it can be managed using medication. There are several medical treatments for ADHD, all of which should be accompanied by psychological, educational and social therapies.

For more information visit:

www.nhs.uk/conditions/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder




Do Children grow out of ADHD?
The more help a child gets, right from the start, the more likely they are to go on to lead positive and successful lives. The longer hyperactivity or behavioural problems go on, the greater the chance of both school and family reacting against the child, and the child reacting against them. School and family environment have an enormous influence on the way a child grows up. People who were hyperactive as children do sometimes go on to have problems in adult life. These tend to be around self-organisation, organising their thoughts and sustaining focus.

Although it's hard to generalise, because of all the different kinds of behaviours included under ADHD, it's clear that many children do grow out of their problems. There's no reason to assume that your child won't.

For more details Visit: www.mind.org.uk




Can children get arthritis?
The answer is yes and the name for it is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. It is defined as inflammation of one or more joints for at least three months in a child under the age of 16 years in whom other known causes of arthritis have been excluded. These other causes of arthritis include septic arthritis, where there is direct infection of the joint; reactive arthritis, where an infection elsewhere in the body results in inflammation of joints; and connective tissue diseases, such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (SLE or Lupus).

More information can be found at: www.ccaa.org.uk


My child is a fussy eater and it is difficult to get him/her to eat, what can I do?
For help and advice please call your local health team consisting of Health Visitors, Community Nursery Nurses, School Nurses and School Nurse Assistants.

For further details on the Health Visiting and School Nursing services in Redcar and Cleveland please visit links below

Health Visiting and School Nursing - West (covers Eston, Grangetown, Normanby,South Bank, Nunthorpe, Teesville, Ormesby and Overfields)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

Health Visiting and School Nursing - East (This service covers Boosbeck, Brotton, Carlin How, Charltons, Guisborough, Lingdale, Loftus,
Saltburn, Skelton and Skinningrove) http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=469A9195AB94DD9C80257375003C58F2

Health Visiting and School Nursing - Central (This service covers Marske, New Marske,Redcar and Saltburn)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

The following website may be useful movingon.blog.gov.uk/useful-gov-uk-pages/


I am concerned about my childs eyesight that he/she may have a squint, what should I do?
Eyesight problems can be passed down in families so it is worth detecting problems early so they can be monitored and corrected.
For children under the age of 5 see your GP for a referral to the hospital optician.
The School Nurses perform a check on children at school entry at 5 years old.
For further details on the Health Visiting and School Nursing services in Redcar and Cleveland please visit links below

Health Visiting and School Nursing - West (covers Eston, Grangetown, Normanby,South Bank, Nunthorpe, Teesville, Ormesby and Overfields)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

Health Visiting and School Nursing - East (This service covers Boosbeck, Brotton, Carlin How, Charltons, Guisborough, Lingdale, Loftus,
Saltburn, Skelton and Skinningrove) http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=469A9195AB94DD9C80257375003C58F2

Health Visiting and School Nursing - Central (This service covers Marske, New Marske,Redcar and Saltburn)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A





Who can I leave my child with when I need a babysitter?
Use people you trust to care for your child or ask them to recommend someone. Speak to other families who have used the babysitter you are considering. The NSPCC recommend that the minimum age of a babysitter should be 16 years of age. This age limit is also linked with the possible action which could be taken by the Police if anything were to go wrong and an injury resulted. It is most likely that you as a parent would be held responsible if anything goes wrong. If your babysitter is under 16 years of age.

For more information please see the Safe Parenting Handbook which you can view by visiting http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/childprotection

You can also get information and advice by contacting your local Health Visiting and School Nursing team, please see details below:

Health Visiting and School Nursing - West (covers Eston, Grangetown, Normanby,South Bank, Nunthorpe, Teesville, Ormesby and Overfields)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

Health Visiting and School Nursing - East (This service covers Boosbeck, Brotton, Carlin How, Charltons, Guisborough, Lingdale, Loftus,
Saltburn, Skelton and Skinningrove) http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=469A9195AB94DD9C80257375003C58F2

Health Visiting and School Nursing - Central (This service covers Marske, New Marske,Redcar and Saltburn)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

For information and advice you could also contact the following helplines:
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) 0121 248 2000
NSPCC National Helpline 0808 800 5000
NSPCC Asian Helpline 0800 096 7719


Does it matter whether you get a diagnosis of disability for your child or not?
Not having a diagnosis may matter very much to you as a parent and it may matter to your child as they get older, so they can understand why they can't walk or see or have an impairment. However, for many practical purposes, it doesn't make any difference whether you have a diagnosis or not. This is because:
  • Treatment, therapy or teaching should be tailored to your child's needs, not to the name of their condition.
  • You're entitled to have a social services assessment of your child's needs and of your needs as a parent or carer, whether your child has a named diagnosis or not.
  • You're entitled to receive benefits such as Disability Living Allowance on the basis of the difficulties that your child has and the support they need. Entitlement does not dependon being able to name the disorder your child has.
  • Your child is entitled to have an extra or different support to help them at school, if they need it. This does not depend on knowing the cause of their learning difficulties.

For more information visit: www.earlysupport.org.uk


Where can I get support if I don't know why my child needs help?
Many areas in the UK have a local parents' support group where families' of children with all kinds of disabilities come together for mutual support and contact. It might be helpful to find out if there's one near you. Even if you had a diagnosis, it's unlikely that another child in the group would have the same condition. However, a lot of issues you face on a day-to-day basis will be familiar to other parents and they often have practical advice to share. Local groups have the advantage of meeting regularly and locally, which can be important in providing a support network, if you need one. Another advantage is that other members can pass on information about support and services that are available in your area and that they have already used.

For more information please visit: www.earlysupport.org.uk


Why Is It So Hard to Get a Diagnosis for Disabilities?
There are many things that can cause disability in a child. Difficulties during pregnancy, prematurity, genetic conditions or trauma during birth itself can all be relevant. In some cases it's impossible to single out a specific cause - especially where children have a range of health problems that do not fit easily into any known syndrome. A syndrome is a characteristic pattern, or group of symptoms, which often appear in combination with one another.

Some children have a rare disorder, which may only affect a handful of other children across the country or perhaps none at all. It's harder for doctors to diagnose a condition they've never seen before, and where there are very few studies which would make it possible to compare the features of your child's difficulties with other cases. Many conditions have quite similar features and symptoms, which can also make it hard to be specific about your child's particular condition.

Soem features may not appear until your child id older, when it will become more obvious that they are affected by a particular syndrome or disorder. More and more syndromes are being discovered each year, so it may be that a diagnosis will be achieved for your child in the future, even if it does not seem to be possible now.

If you feel strongly that all avenues to getting a diagnosis have not been explored, you should certainly discuss this with your child's doctor and request a second opinion. But sometimes everything that can be done has been done and you are still left with no diagnosis.

For more information please visit: www.earlysupport.org.uk


How can I get a tax credit decision changed?
The revenue can revise a decision if there is a change of circumstances, if they have made a mistake or if they think your award is wrong. If you disagree with their decision you can appeal. The time limit for appealing is 30 days from the date of the decision. An appeal must be in writing and must say why you are appealing. Appeals can be made on form TC623, found at the leaflet ATC/AP available from the Revenue. Unless you are reporting a change of circumstances it is usually better to ask for an appeal rather than a revision. This is because the appeal deadline of 30 days is not extended if you ask for a revision and it is turned down. Late appeals are sometimes possible up to one year and 30 days after a decision. But a late appeal is only granted in 'special circumstances', so you should always try and make sure that you meet the normal appeal deadline.

For more information please telephone 0845 300 3900 (Textphone 0845 300 3909) Lines are open from 8am-8pm seven days a week.


Why should I talk to my son/daughter about sex?
Young people are starting to have sex younger and younger. Don't assume that this won't happen to your teenager. By the time you see the warning signs it may be too late to give them the help they need. Make sure they learn about sex early on.
For further information please refer to the Safe Parenting Handbook www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/childprotection
They are many leaflets, books and website that can give advice.
Useful contacts are:
Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting Support Service - Redcar and Cleveland 01642 479324
Sexwise Helpline 0800 28 29 30
Ask Brook 0800 018 5023 or visit www.brook.org.uk
Parentline Plus 0808 800 2222 or visit www.parentlineplus.org.uk
NHS Direct 0845 4647 or visit www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
Sense CDs www.sensecds.com
British Pregnancy Advisory Service 08457 30 40 30 visit www.bpas.org


My child has been skipping school, how do I know he/she is at school?
Notice what times your child is around, if they should be in school and check up if they say school has allowed them out. You may not even know until you are told by the school or Police.
Find out why your child is missing school and talk about any problems such as bullying or fear of failure. Discuss what your child wants for their future and how to reach short-term goals. If you take an active interest in their education they are more likely to talk to you when problems arise.
For further information and advice please see the Safe Parenting Handbook by visiting www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/childprotection
You can also gain information and advice from the following:-
Parentline Plus 0808 800 2222 www.parentlineplus.org.uk
familylives.org.uk/
www.ukparentslounge.com/


I am worried about the safety of a child I know, what can I do?
If you are worried about your own or someone else's treatment of a child, seek advice about what practical and emotional support is available.
It is important that children know what to do when the feel unsafe. Do they know who to talk to and how to get to a safe place or person?
For further information please see the Safe Parenting Handbook by visiting www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/childprotection
You can also contact the following organisations for help and advice:-
Middlesbrough Children, Families and Learning 01642 726004
Redcar and Cleveland Children's Services Department 01642 771500
South Tees Out of Hours 08702 402994
Cleveland Police 01642 326326
NSPCC National Helpline 0808 800 5000
NSPCC Asian Helpline 0800 096 7719
Parentline Plus 0808 800 2222
Family Rights Group 0800 731 1696


At what age can a child be left alone?
Children under 13 years should not be left alone.
If you are worried about a child being left alone, talk to the parent, a Health Visitor, Teacher or a Social Worker.
For further information please see the Safe Parenting Handbook by visiting www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/childprotection
For further advice please contact the following:-
Middlesbrough Children, Families and Learning 01642 726004
Cleveland Police 01642 326326
NSPCC National Helpline 0808 800 5000
NSPCC Asian Helpline 0800 096 7719
National Council for One Parent Families Helpline 0800 018 5026
Redcar and Cleveland Children's Services Department 01642 771500


How can I get my teenager to talk to me more?
The teenage years are tough for your child, so try to understand what they are going through. Accept that friendships, music, their own opinions and most other things are more important that you right now! Despite this, knowing that you are there for them, gives your teenager the confidence to try new things.
For more information please refer to the Safe Parenting Handbook www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/childprotection

Other useful contacts are:-
www.ukparentslounge.com/
Parentline Plus 0808 800 2222 www.parentlineplus.org.uk
www.raisingkids.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/health


I am worried I can't cope and will be a bad parent?
Talk to someone you know and can trust about your anxieties.
Contact your Health Visitor

For more information please refer to the Safe Parenting Handbook www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/childprotection

For contact details of your local Health Visitor please see the following website links for Health Visiting and School Nursing services in Redcar and Cleveland:-

Health Visiting and School Nursing - West (covers Eston, Grangetown, Normanby,South Bank, Nunthorpe, Teesville, Ormesby and Overfields)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

Health Visiting and School Nursing - East (This service covers Boosbeck, Brotton, Carlin How, Charltons, Guisborough, Lingdale, Loftus,
Saltburn, Skelton and Skinningrove) http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=469A9195AB94DD9C80257375003C58F2

Health Visiting and School Nursing - Central (This service covers Marske, New Marske,Redcar and Saltburn)
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/family.nsf/Service?readform&id=D76898B136668C4580257377002EEE4A

Other useful contacts are:

NHS Direct 0845 4647
Parentline Plus 0808 800 2222
GP, Midwife
Families' Information Service - Middlesbrough 01642 354200 or Redcar 0800 073 8800


I am worried about my teenager, he/she has dropped all old friends and is now hanging out with older crowd, he/she is buying clothes, games and stuff and won't tell me where he/she is getting money from.
There are many warning signs that might indicate something is wrong. Your child may come under the influence of negative group of friends;staying out late;new clothes or other items appear which cannot be explained;the use of drugs and alcohol.
Raise your concerns with your child. You can seek help and advice from the local Youth Offending Service. Don't ignore the problem. Spending more time with you child in diversionary activity can be effective.
For more information and advice please refer to the Safe Parenting Handbook www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/childprotection
Other useful contacts are:-
Youth Justice Board for England and Wales 020 7210 3033
South Tees Youth Offending Service 01642 501500 or 01642 354000 or 01642 513000


Who do I contact for advice as I think my child may have a hearing problem?
The Hearing Impaired Service is an educational service based in Middlesbrough, which provides support for children and families who live in Redcar & Cleveland and other Tees Valley local authorities. The service is staffed by Teachers of the Deaf who are specially trained in working with children who have an educationally significant hearing loss or auditory processing disorder. It supports children and young people up to the age of 19 years old. The service accepts referrals from Ear Nose and Throat consultants, paediatric audiologists and GPs. Parents should contact their GP in the first instance. Further details are available by following this link:
http://www.mgrid.org.uk/ccm/navigation/parents-carers/hearing-impaired-service/


What is Private Fostering?
Private Fostering is the arrangement between a parent and a private foster carer. A Private Foster Carer is someone who is responsible for caring for a child when:
  • The arrangement is full time for 28 days or more
  • The child is under 16 years of age (18 if disabled)
  • The child lives with them
Private Foster Carers may be from the extended family such as a cousin, or great aunt, a friend of the family, the parent of a friend of the child or someone previously unknown to the childs family who is willing to privately foster a child.

Families find Private Foster Carers themselves and the responsibility remains with the parents to ensure that they find suitable carers. When a child is privately fostered, parents still have parental responsibility. This means they should make decisions about the child.

What do I need to do?
You must tell Childrens Services at least six weeks before a child comes to live with you. If the child comes to live with you in an emergency situation you must tell Children's Services within 48 hours of this happening.

If a child is already living with you, and you have not told Childrens Services already you must do so immediately.
Contact Us - To make an enquiry, obtain further information or access support.

Telephone: (01642) 771500
Fax: 01642 444122

For more detailed information about Private Fostering, please follow the web-link below:
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/main.nsf/Web+Full+List/296B81BC3BEA307B80256DD600523D59?OpenDocument


How do I find out more about National Citizen Service (NCS)?
On Teesside, Safe in Tees Valley are the lead organisation in a consortium of partner agencies who are running one of the 12 government pilots called National Citizen Service for 16 year olds/ school leavers this summer. National Citizen Service (NCS) is aNo cost programme- 3 weeks full time including 2 weeks residential- plus 30 hours part time- for 16 year olds / Year 11 school leavers- Summer 2012.

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a Big Society initiative, supporting young people from all backgrounds to work together, take on new challenges and make a difference.

For more information on how to get involved please visit:
www.safeinteesvalley.org


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Whats the relationship between child maintenance options and the CSA?



If I am separating, when should I start arranging child maintenance?



If I'm a parent with the main day-to-day care and I'm claiming benefits can I get child maintenance as well?



If the parent without the main day-to-day care is claiming benefits can child maintenance still be arranged?



Can I arrange child maintenance without having contact with the other parent?



What happens if the parent without the main day-to-care of the child refuses to pay child maintenance?



Our children spend time living with each of us. What does this mean for child maintenance?



If I pay child maintenance, will this guarantee me access to my child?



Where can I get further support with breastfeeding?