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For parents, guardians and carers

Patterns of family life vary and there is no one way to bring up children. Good parenting involves caring for children’s basic needs which includes:

  • Keeping them safe;
  • Showing them warmth and love;
  • Providing the stimulation needed for their development and to help them achieve their potential;
  • Provide a stable environment where they experience consistent guidance and boundaries.

As a parent, carer, neighbour or anyone in contact with children and families you may at times have concerns about the welfare of a child. These could be concerns about their development, appearance or behaviour which may indicate signs of abuse.

If you have any concerns that a child might be at risk of harm or being harmed contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01432 260800 (01905 768020 out of hours). If you believe that a child or young person is at immediate risk, this should be reported without delay to the Police service as a 999 emergency

The Children Society have developed a Parent’s Guide entitled How to support your child’s well-being which gives some simple tips on how they can encourage children to take part in the activities that could enhance their well-being.

Supporting Children to achieve

The things you do at home can help your child do so much better at school.

  • Get your child to school on time
  • Give them the confidence to do well
  • Ask how school was
  • Find time to read with your child
  • Go to parents evening
  • Help your child with their homework
  • Practise numbers with your child.