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Advice for families

Families, parenting and healthy relationships

Managing family life can be tough - limited time to rest, balancing work and childcare commitments, supporting your child's schoolwork, keeping in touch with others and looking after your own wellbeing. There is a wide range of free advice and support available on-line to help you manage a calm, stable family life during difficult times. Many families are experiencing extra pressures on family relationships and household income during this time. If you need essential support to meet basic needs, such as help with food or bills, you can request help on our community support pages.

Remember to check the Family activities and food 2022 for updates on local holiday activities over the summer months.

Support for parents

Healthy relationships with your child

Family Links Nurture

My Kids Time

Triple P

Net Mums

Family Lives

Safe parenting - putting your child first


Action for Children

CAFCASS – Family Courts


Supporting children with additional needs

Council for Disabled Children


National Autistic Society


Special Educational Needs

COVID-19 guide for carers and family supporting adults and children with learning disabilities or autistic adults and children

Adult relationships


Support for parents (PDF) [154KB] (opens new window)

You can also access free digital support on the One Plus One website

Parent Resources FAQs (PDF) [205KB] (opens new window)

Space for us too

If you have a social/family support worker, you can talk to them about the 'Relationships Matter' programme or call 0191 433 3355 for details. Alternatively you can complete an enquiry form on the Relate website.

Domestic abuse

Home may not be the safe place it should be. Contact Northumbria Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency and dial 55 if unable to speak.

Gateshead Domestic Abuse Team can be contacted directly on 0191 433 3333.

Domestic Abuse Helpline

Women’s Aid


Men’s Advice Line

Keep well, stay in control

Just like our physical health, our emotional wellbeing needs care and attention.

NHS: Stress, anxiety and depression




Life balance

Live Life to the Full

Action for Happiness

Supporting and engaging your children

Activities for children of all ages

Change4Life: Activities

Activity Village

Gateshead Libraries Children's Team - Twitter

Woodland Trust

Tyne and Wear Museums

Live Science

Save the Children

Sport England

Our Gateshead: Things to do

Gateshead parks

Activities for younger children


Hungry Little Minds

Easy Peasy

Seven Stories - Twitter

Gateshead Children's Centres

Family Information Service and directory

Support for home schooling

Many parents are now responsible for home schooling alongside work and other commitments. Most schools are providing useful links to learning resources on their websites, through direct email or on social media platforms. Extra help is available online.

BBC Bitesize

Oak National Academy


Home Education UK

Wellbeing of children and young people

It's normal for your children to feel worried or anxious right now.



Young Minds

The Mix


Child Bereavement UK

Growing Healthy Gateshead

Guide to mental health support for children and young people (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)

Eating disorders


Managing your child's sleep

ICON - Babies cry you can cope - Advice and Support

Sleep Advice Service - Cerebra

The Lullaby Trust - Safer sleep for babies, Support for families

Healthy sleep tips for children - NHS

Self harm

Calm Harm

Staying safe online

More time at home often means more screen time for children. Keep it safe - supervise and set parental controls.

Net Aware


If you have concerns about the safety of a child you should phone Gateshead Children's Services on 0191 433 2653 Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm or 0191 477 0844 out of hours, evenings, weekends and bank holidays. Further details are available on our worried about a child in Gateshead webpage.

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