Pastoral Care Resources

Please see below for a list of resources for parents which provide help and guidence for issues relating to pastoral care. Click on the title of each resource for more information.

General Safety

Brake The Road Safety Charity
BRAKE campaigns nationally and regionally, to raise awareness among the public, to stop road deaths and injuries, make our communities safer and greener, and improve support for crash victims.

BrightKidz is a social enterprise promoting walk to school schemes and high visibility clothing for children.

The NSPCC are the leading children's charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. The NSPCC provide help to children who've been abused to rebuild their lives, protect those at risk, and find the best ways of preventing abuse from ever happening

Think You Know
Providing the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what's good, what's not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there's an area for you too - with resources you can use in the classroom or at home.

Help for parents

Action on Addiction
Action on Addiction is a registered charity, which was formed in May 2007 to help people with addictions in various wats. They have treatment centres throughout England, a specialist family service, innovative research programmes and an expert training centre.

Cafcass Putting Children and Young People First in the Family Courts
Every year Cafcass helps over 140,000 children and young people who are going through care or adoption proceedings, or whose parents have separated and are unable to agree about future arrangements for their children. Cafcass is the voice of children in the family courts and helps to ensure that children's welfare is put first during proceedings.

Carers Trust
Carers Trust is a new charity which was formed by the merger of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care in April 2012. Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. With their Network Partners, they aim to ensure that information, advice and practical support are available to all carers across the UK.

Department for Education Services and Guidance
The Department for Education is responsible for education and children's services in England. They work to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for children and young people, no matter what their background or family circumstances.

Gaming and Gambling
Providing parents with resources regarding gaming and gambling.

Gingerbread Single parents, Equal families
Gingerbread provides advice and practical support for single parents. Expert advisers answer their helpline and their website is packed full of useful information. They also campaign to improve the lives of all single parent families.

Ofsted Raising Standards Improving Lives
Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills, which report directly to Parliament and we are independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Helpful advice for parents on parenting.

Parents Against Child Exploitation
Pace is a resource that helps parents to understand what is happening to their child and how parents are the prime agents in helping their child avoid or exit exploitative relationships.

Parents Project
Stop it Now! believes sexual abuse is preventable and gives adults the information they need to protect children effectively whilst urging abusers and potential abusers to seek help. Stop it Now! encourages adults to create a society that no longer tolerates the sexual abuse of children.

Samaritans is a charity whose mission is to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicide feelings and suicidal behaviour among people of all ages.

Single Parent Action Network
SPAN is a Bristol based grassroots charity with national reach. Their vision is to engage and empower one-parent families living in poverty and isolation, from different backgrounds and cultures, to improve their lives and play a greater part in society.

Supercamps provide activities for children of all ages during school holiday periods. They are Ofsted registered.

Mental Health

Harmless Self Harm Support
Harmless was established at the beginning of October 2007. It is a national voluntary organisation for people who self-harm, their friends, families and professionals.

Mencap The Voice of Learning Disability
MENCAP is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything they do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.

NHS Choices
The official NHS website offering guidance and support in all areas of physical and mental well being.

Teen Mental Health – A Guide for Parents
Your child’s teenage years are an exciting time, but they can be tricky too. With hormones going wild and bigger pressures at school, challenging mood swings are par for the course. With mental ill-health on the rise though, you’ll want to keep watch on whether their moods are normal, or if they need a bit of help.

The Children's Trust, For Children with Brain Injury
The Children's Trust is the UK's leading charity for children with brain injury. They work with children and young people from across the UK, both from their specialist centre in Tadworth Surrey, and in communities around the country.

The Mental Health Charity
MIND provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Young Minds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. They campaign, research and where possible influence policy and practice. They also provide expert knowledge to professionals, parents and young people through their Parents' Helpline, online resources, training and development, outreach work and publications.

Sexual Health

Brook provide free and confidential sexual health services and advice for young people under 25.

FPA - the sexual health charity
The FPA aim is to establish a society in which everyone has positive, informed and non-judgemental attitudes to sex and relationships; where everyone can make informed choices about sex, relationships and reproduction so that they can enjoy sexual health free from prejudice or harm.

Marie Stopes
Marie Stopes provide free and confidential sexual health services and advice for people of all ages.

Drugs and Bullying

Catch22 has more than 200 years' experience of providing services that help people turn their lives around. Catch22 work with troubled and vulnerable young people, families and offenders, helping them to steer clear of crime or substance misuse, do the best they can in education or employment, and play a full part in their family or community.

ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything - no problem is too big or too small. Call free on 0800 1111, have a 1-2-1 chat online or send an email.

Family Lives Parenting and Family Support
Family Lives works around the clock, transforming the lives of families, supporting parents and making happier relationships, happier families and a stronger society. Family Lives experiences enable them to help families with any problems or challenges that they face.

FRANK Friendly Confidential Drugs Advice
FRANK offer friendly confidential advice about all kinds of drug related issues.

Kidscape Preventing Bullying, Protecting Children
Founded in 1985, Kidscape was the first charity in the UK established specifically to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse. Kidscape are a small organisation with far-reaching influence, committed to sharing our insights and techniques with other organisations and individuals all over the world.

The NSPCC are the leading children's charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. The NSPCC provide help to children who've been abused to rebuild their lives, protect those at risk, and find the best ways of preventing abuse from ever happening.


British Dyslexia Association
The BDA is the voice of dyslexic people. We aim to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential.

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
The Foundation for People with Learning Difficulties aim to break down the economic and social barriers and prejudices that people with learning disabilities face throughout their lives, as well as providing information, resources and services that can help them lead fuller, more independent lives.

The National Autistic Society
As the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families, The National Autistic Society provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.

Health and wellbeing

British Nutrition Foundation
The British Nutrition Foundation - The Foundation's education group helps to achieve our charitable objectives through its Food - a fact of life food and nutrition education programme for schools. This comprehensive, progressive programme communicates up-to-date, unbiased, consistent and accurate messages about food and nutrition to all those involved in education.

The Relationship People
Relate are the UK's largest provider of relationship support, and every year help over a million people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations to strengthen their relationships. Find out more about what they do and how they can help you here.

Walk to School
Living Streets' Walk to School campaign reaches over 13 million people, making it one of the UK's leading behaviour change campaigns for young people. They work directly with over 750,000 children in 2,000 schools and every year thousands more take part in the national schemes and events we run, including 'Walk once a Week' and 'Walk to School Week'.

Youth Sports Trust Sport Changes Lives
The Youth Sport Trust is an independent charity devoted to changing young people's lives through sport. Established in 1994, they are passionate about helping all young people to achieve their full potential in life by delivering high quality physical education and sport opportunities.


Samaritans is a charity whose mission is to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicide feelings and suicidal behaviour among people of all ages.

Winston's Wish
Winston's Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK, supporting children and families in times of difficulty.

exams and learning

BBC Exam Advice
General advice in relation to revision, bullying, sexual health and a number of other teenage topics.

ChildLine Exam Stress
Advice on combatting the stresses and strains associated with revision and examinations.

Examtime GCSE Revision Tips
General advice on the best ways to go about preparing for upcoming examinations.

self improvement

British Science Association
CREST is a UK science award scheme recognising success, building skills and demonstrating personal achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) project work. UCAS endorse CREST Awards for inclusion in students' personal statements - they are well regarde', high-quality and a tangible recognition of success.

Scouts Be Prepared
Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. We help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Leading youth Charity the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme gives all young people aged 14-24 the chance to develop skills for life and work, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future.

UK Youth Positive About Youth
UK Youth is a leading national charity that reaches 693,000 young people every year through the largest network of youth clubs and projects. For over 100 years they have been enabling young people to learn and succeed. They support young people through a range of innovative programmes to gain life-skills that build confidence, resilience and make them more employable.

We Discover, We Grow Girlguiding
Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, they are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities.