Useful organisations for parents

Written by Career Mums

21st April 2020

Here is a list of organisations offering help, support and resources for parents with links to access.

Note services have been validated by Career-Mums.

Parent support organisations

Dad Info gives advice for parents from a dad’s perspective, including articles and ‘dad guides’ on pregnancy, birth and financial issues.

Family Lives is a national charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life.

National Childbirth Trust (NCT) is the largest UK charity for parents, giving accurate, impartial antenatal information so that parents can decide what’s best for their family, and introducing them to a network of local parents to gain practical and emotional support.

Mumsnet gives information and advice for parents, including news articles, product reviews, competitions and blogs. Also includes useful information on pregnancy and birth.

Family and Childcare Trust is an independent charity that exists to make the UK a better place for families and children. They work with charities, businesses and public services to offer practical help to families.

Tommy’s Campaign supporting families through pregnancy and birth.

Parenting Support Centre includes parenting articles and tips along with a useful parenting directory.

Vodaphone Digital Parenting magazine has helpful advice for parents on internet use and mobile technology.

Complications – baby loss and pre-mature babies

Bliss provides support for families of babies born pre-mature and/or sick.

Miscarriage Association provides support for individuals impacted by miscarriage, molar pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy.

SANDS provides support for individuals impacted by stillbirth and neo-natal death. 

Lone parenting

Gingerbread provides expert advice, practical support and campaigns for single parents.

Single Parent Action Network is a uniquely diverse organisation empowering one parent families throughout the UK.

Only Dads give advice and support for single dads.

Only Mums give advice and support for single mums.

Additional needs parenting

Contact a family is a national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability.

Family Fund the UK’s largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people.

Mencap supports both adults and children with learning disabilities.

Sibs is a charity for the brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults.

Scope is a leading UK charity which supports both adults and children with disabilities.

Adoption and fostering

Adoption UK is a national charity run by and for adopters, providing an online forum, support groups, family days and training.

After Adoption provides a helpline with trained counsellors, the ‘SafeBase’ parenting programme, and family days and support groups in certain areas.

PAC provides advice and counselling related to pre adoption, post adoption, and permanency.



Happy Steps provide research and resources for those parenting within stepfamilies.



Gransnet provides information and support for grandparents.

Postnatal depression

Association for Postnatal Illness (APNI) is a network of phone and postal volunteers who have had – and recovered from – postnatal depression.


Employment Rights

Pregnant then Screwed is a campaigning charity offering access to a free expert helpline for guidance on employment rights for pregnant and returning workers.


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