Safeguarding Advice for Parents and Carers
- Young Minds
- Safer sleep for babies
- Family Lives
- PACE 'Keep Them Safe' CSE Training Resource
- Early Help Support for Families
- Tool to help parents/carers set up parental controls
- Internet Safety
- Substance misuse and young people
Young Minds offer free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25. Visit the Young Minds website [external link].
Safer sleep for babies - support for families
The Lullaby Trust [External link] promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep and provides special support for anyone bereaved through Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby where no cause is found. While SIDS is rare, it can still happen and there are steps parents can take to help reduce the chance of this tragedy occurring.
• Safer sleep for babies - A guide for parents [PDF Document]
• Safer sleep for babies - Easy read card [PDF Document]
• Sleeping products - Information sheet [PDF Document]
PACE (Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation) 'Keep them Safe' CSE Training Resource
PACE (Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation) [external link] are providing a free CSE training resource for parents and professionals called 'Keep them Safe'. It is an introductory online course designed to help teach the signs and impacts of CSE and what to do if you think a child is being exploited. The resource provides a good overall understanding of CSE with links to films and resources as well as e-safety advice. A certificate will be provided upon completion.
Early Help Support for Families
Families can access Early Help support [external link] through completing an Early Help Assessment. The assessment is developed with child/young person, parents/carers and the professionals that are working with the family such as school, college, GP, Doctor, Health Visitor, Midwife, Nursery Nurse, police, Children’s Services etc. The Early Help Assessment is designed to ensure that children, young people and their families receive the right support at an early stage to reduce the chance of escalation to specialist services. This tool should be used at the earliest opportunity when a family’s needs are not being met by universal services.
Tool to help parents/carers set up parental controls
Online resource to help parents and carers to set up parental controls on games consoles and other gadgets around the home. It allows parents/carers to pick the type of devices used by their children and young people and set the controls by following simple step by step guide with pictures.
Access the easy help guide by clicking here [External Link]
Information on how parents and carers can support their children to manage their rights and privacy online
The Children's Commissioner for England and Tes have produced simplified terms and conditions for Instagram, WhatsApp, YouTube, Snapchat and Facebook to help parents and carers support their children to manage their rights and privacy online. Further details available on the Children's Commissioner website.
SWITCH is the young people’s substance misuse team based in Darlington.
The purpose of the service is to help young people who are misusing, or at risk of misusing drugs and alcohol. Our aim is to offer information, education and practical support. Young people, family or professionals can access and refer into the team through the confidential secure e-mail address:
The team is child/family focused and works flexibly and creatively to overcome problems associated with substance misuse. We provide a holistic approach which centres on the health and well-being of young people.
For further information please contact the SWITCH team on
FREEPHONE 0800 862 0987 or text 07590 442 804