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Baby and toddler eating and mealtimes

Mealtimes are often a time when children learn that they can gain some control over their parents. Parents may become concerned that their child is not eating enough and frustrated when their child refuses food and/or demand alternative meals. Most children go through a phase…

Early behaviour and emotional development

A toddler temper tantrum is the emotional equivalent of a summer storm; sudden and sometimes fierce. Children between the ages of one and three are especially prone to these episodes and it is a normal part of their development. Though you may worry that you…

Bedtime and sleeping routines

Getting your child to go to bed can be quite a battle. As soon as you mention the word ‘bed’ your child may run riot in a bid to show you how awake they are. Even if you get them into bed you may still…

Children's Centres

Children's Centres provide support to families with children and young adults 0-19 years (up to 25 years if they have special education needs or disabilities). They offer family support, early learning , information and advice on health, parenting, money and benefits, education and school readiness. …

Being a teenager

Being a teenager is an exciting and special time. Everything starts changing and family life can feel mixed up. There's lots to deal with, body changes and body image, exams, peer pressure, sex and relationships. You might want to know stuff but don't want to…

Parenting classes and support

Parenting programmes provide you with the opportunities to learn and improve your parenting skills, helping you understand your children's needs and helping you cope with present and future difficulties. They also provide you with a chance to meet and share experiences with other parents and…

Early Help

Sometimes families need extra support. They may struggle to provide the care and love their children need to be safe and thrive. Early Help is a support system for families. It is there to help parents and carers deal with problems early. Facing problems early…

Child sexual exploitation and abuse

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) happens when a young person is encouraged or forced to take part in sexual activity. It might be in exchange for presents, money, alcohol or simply emotional attention. Child Sexual Abuse is the sexual abuse of a child or young person…

Criminal exploitation and gang culture

There is a growing culture amongst young people to become involved in gangs for protection, a sense of identity, status, friendship, money and sex. Joining a gang will not give you more protection. Being in a gang makes you more vulnerable to becoming a victim of…

Knife crime

Carrying knives is an increasing problem in society, with young people feeling the need to have to be armed with a knife. The biggest concern and risk is that if a young person carries a knife they will almost definitely use it in situations where they…