Where to Go for Further Support
Parenting and caring for a child can be very rewarding, but it can also bring it’s challenges and difficult situations throughout all stages of bringing up a child.
NYSCP has provided useful links to information, advice, local and national resources, and services who can provide support to deal with the challenges parenting and caring can throw up to help keep your child safe.
This page will provide general advice and information on where you can go to access further support for you and your child. However should you worried that your child is in immediate danger please visit the NYSCP Worried About a Child page on the steps you can take and the services you can contact who can help you in these circumstances.
Support Services in North Yorkshire
In North Yorkshire there are a number of organisations you can contact to access further support for you and your child, below is a selection of the services you can go to for further support. For a more wider range of services please visit Services in North Yorkshire page or the Do You Some Help page for children and young people.
All organisations who work with children and families are signed up to NYSCP’s Early Help Strategy.
This means that organisations such as your child’s nursery, school, health visiting team, voluntary group may be able to offer you further support depending on yours and your child’s needs.
You can access Early Help support by simply having a conversation with an organisation you already have contact with such as the nursery or school your child attends. For more information about Early Help in North Yorkshire visit the NYSCP Early Help page.
North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) provide a range of services such as children and family hubs, early education and childcare, the Early Help Service, Youth Justice, Children’s Social Care which can provide general through to more intensive support to help you safeguard your child depending on your needs.
Visit NYCC’s Children and Families page here for further information.
Compass REACH is a free, confidential health and wellbeing service for children and young people in North Yorkshire who need support with issues related to drugs, alcohol, mental health and / or sexual health.
Compass REACH are a small team of qualified nurses and practitioners who support young people aged 9 to 19 (or up to 25 years old if you have special educational needs or disabilities) to lead happier, healthier lives.
The service is free, confidential and voluntary – plus they’ll meet young people somewhere that they feel comfortable and safe.
How the service can help:
Compass REACH can offer face-to-face support for any of the following reasons:
…because drugs and / or alcohol have become a pretty big problem and are starting to impact on daily life so a young person wants some help in sorting it out.
…because a young person is starting to struggle with aspects of their emotional wellbeing, also known as ‘mental health’, and want some help to stop it getting worse.
…because a young person needs access to contraception, are having unsafe sex, are currently in an unhealthy relationship, or they feel pressured into having sex either by a partner or peer. Compass Reach can help with all these things
The support Compass REACH offer involves meeting face-to-face, they use ‘talking therapies’ (sometimes called ‘therapeutic interventions’) designed to help young people cope and understand their issues in a way that’s as unique as they are. Compass REACH can also suggest useful strategies as to how family members and others close to a young person might be able to support them at home, but this is something they would talk to a young person about first.
What Compass REACH can support a young person with:
– Emotional wellbeing and mental health
– Substance misuse, including alcohol and drugs
– Blood borne virus (BBV) screening and vaccinations
– Pregnancy testing and guidance
– Chlamydia screening
– Condom distribution
– Signposting to other services for further support
– Emergency hormonal contraception prescribing (Levonelle)
– Sexual risk-taking behaviours
How a Young Person can access the service:
An adult can speak to someone from Compass REACH by ringing on 01609 777 662 or on their freephone number 0800 008 7452. You’ll be asked a few questions to get started, then one of Compass REACH nurses will call you back to make sure they are the right people to help.
Compass REACH operate an open referral system which means that as well as taking self-referrals they can also take referrals from parents and carers.
To find out more information visit Compass REACH website here
If your child is caring for you or helping to care for a sibling or family member who lives with you there are Young Carer’s services across the county who can provide a wide range of support. To find out what support is available, contact the carers’ centres in the area you live in for further information:
Hambleton & Richmondshire:
Telephone: 01609 780872
Scarborough & Ryedale:
Telephone: 01723 850155
Harrogate & Craven:
IDAS provides support for victims and survivors of domestic abuse in North Yorkshire.
You can self-refer yourself for support and IDAS will support you whether you make a formal report to the police or not.
· 1 to 1 emotional and practical support, including support through any police investigation and/or court proceedings
· Target Hardening where necessary to help victims remain safely within their own homes
· Supported group work and peer support networks
· Onward referrals and/or liaison with other support services as appropriate.
Use the below contact details for further information:
· Online at https://www.idas.org.uk/contact/make-a-referral/
· Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
· Phone on 03000 110 110
· Live Chat web chat facility Monday to Friday early evenings via the IDAS website
Places for practical information and advice
NSPCC have a wide range of information and advice for parents and carers which includes:
- Baby parenting tips
- How to cope with tantrums
- Working from home
- Talking to children about racism
- Separation and divorce
- Mental health and parenting
- Alcohol, drugs and parenting
- PANTS: the underwear rule
- Talking about difficult topics
- Look Say Sing Play
Visit the NSPCC’s Parent and Carer Support page for further information.
On-the-go wellbeing support is available to new and expectant fathers in North Yorkshire. DadPad is free to download and provides on-the-go advice to help fathers enjoy their babies, feel more confident and support their mental and emotional wellbeing.
You can download the App from the following link: www.thedadpad.co.uk/app.