Support for parents

Find out more about groups for parents

Find out more about online guides for parents

Support for parents is delivered by a wide range of providers. There are Local Authority-commissioned providers for each district who deliver support groups and programmes to help parents – these are often called parenting programmes. These services offer welcoming and supportive groups for parents (that are fun too!) to help with understanding more about their child or teenager. Many parents have said they feel calmer, more confident and have a better relationship with their child or teenager after attending a group. Contact the providers below to find out more about the types of support for parents:

Parenting support is also delivered by health visitors, midwives, school nurses, schools, early years settings and voluntary groups.

There are also a large number of parent support groups and activities running across the county. These are delivered through children’s centres and other community buildings. More information can be found on the activities and events page.

Support for first time young parents

The Family Nursing Service (opens in a new window) supports first time young mothers who are under the age of 25 and might need some more support at home.  It is a voluntary programme of support where a specially trained family nurse will visit you regularly from the early stages of pregnancy until your child is two. The programme aims to enable young mums to have a healthy pregnancy, improve child health and development and help parents to plan their own futures and achieve their aspirations. The service is accessed via a referral from a professional such as your midwife.


Netmums is a website for parents in the United Kingdom. It operates as a network of local sites, and offers information to both mothers and fathers about parenting.

Website: Netmums (opens in a new window)