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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.

Early Help - as a family or young person, there may be times when you need some extra support.

If you think an Early Help Assessment would help you or your family, please contact us on the Early Help information line 01432 260261

Parenting courses - Herefordshire Council run a range of parenting courses for parents, guardians and carers who'd like a little extra support, information or advice, when it comes to bringing up children and young people.  They cover all age ranges from birth to 18 years old.

The different courses available, including the Triple P programme and the Solihull Approach, are all free and are delivered at venues in Hereford, Ledbury, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye.

To find out more, or see details of free online courses, click the link below to visit the WISH website.

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.