Shropshire Council

Divorce and Separation

Net Mums

Founded in 2000, Netmums is the UK's fastest-growing online parenting organisation with over 756,000 members, most of whom are mums. Netmums is a family of local sites that cover the UK, each site offering information to mothers on everything from where to find playgroups and how to eat healthily to where to meet other mothers. The local sites are backed by a wealth of parenting articles that start with pregnancy and follow through each stage of childhood helping mums to enjoy a happy and healthy family life.

For more information about the available support and contact details, see the Shropshire Council Family Information Directory or go to the Net Mums website.

Family Lives

Family Lives is a charity that has over three decades of experience in helping parents deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. We know that many people play active roles in the raising of children within any family, from Dads, Grandparents, stepparents and non-resident parents. Our role is to support all of you to achieve the best relationship possible with the children that you care about.

For further information about divorce and separation advice, available support and contact details, see the Shropshire Council Family Information Directory or go to the Family Lives website.

ChildLine

ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything - no problem is too big or too small. You can talk to us about anything including, stress, anxiety or loneliness.

For further information about advice and support available and contact details, see the Shropshire Council Family Information Directory or go to the ChildLine website.

Young Minds

Young Minds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences we research, campaign and influence policy and practice. We also provide expert knowledge to professionals, parents and young people through our Parents' Helpline, online resources, training and development, outreach work, and publications to ensure you get the support you need.

For further information about the advice and support available and contact details, see the Shropshire Council Family Information Directory or visit the Young Minds website.

Gingerbread

We provide advice and practical support for single parents. Expert advisers answer our helpline, and we offer training to help you cope with your situation. We also campaign to improve the lives of all single parent families, and because we’re a national charity, it’s all free.

For further information about available advice and support and contact details, see the Shropshire Council Family Information Directory or visit the Gingerbread website.

Separated Families

Practical information for parents who are sharing care, those who are caring for their children alone and those who are not able to spend time with their children. Parents, carers, grandparents or anyone else with concerns about family separation are welcome.

For further information about available advice and support and contact details, see the Shropshire Council Family Information Directory or visit the Separated Families website.

Money Advice Service

We give free, unbiased money advice to help you make informed choices throughout your life and whatever your circumstances. Our advice and information is available online, over the phone and face to face.

For further information about available advice and support and how to get in touch, see the Shropshire Council Family Information Directory or visit the Money Advice Service website.

Shropshire Child Contact Centres

Shropshire Child Contact Centres – SCCC – run four Supported Child Contact Centres in Shropshire, and are Accredited Members of the National Association of Child Contact Centres.

SCCC members running the centres are trained volunteers. They are selected by interview, must give references and are CRB checked. Members operate within the SCCC code of practice at every centre.

What is a Child Contact Centre? It is a friendly, safe and neutral environment where children can meet a parent or other family members they might not otherwise see. Child Contact Centres is a registered charity.

For more information about our county's Child Contact Centres, see Shropshire's Family Information Directory.

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice give free confidential advice on every subject from debt, benefits, housing, consumer, relationships and employment to law, immigration and discrimination. It is independent and gives advice in an unbiased way. It is free and confidential and works for change. It recommends improvements to local and national policy based on experience of client’s problems. Citizens Advice is committed to equal opportunities and aims to provide a service that meets the needs of all people, regardless of race, gender, sexuality or disability.

For more information about our county's Child Contact Centres, see Shropshire's Family Information Directory or visit the Citizens Advice website.

TAMHS - Season for Growth

The Seasons for Growth programme is designed for primary and secondary school children and young people to assist them in managing and understanding the effects of significant change, loss and grief in their lives. These groups provide a safe and creative space to explore feelings, memories, loss and grief. It is based on the belief that loss and grief is normal and can be a valuable part of life, and is based on the reality that children and young people need to be provided with the opportunity to examine how grief - as a result of death, separation, divorce or any other significant change or loss - has impacted on their lives.

Seasons for Growth is one of the tools available to schools through Think Good Feel Good which supports children and young people with their emotional health and wellbeing. Children who are mentally healthy are able to develop psychological, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Mental health is accompanied by a sense of personal wellbeing. An ability to get along with others, to be able to cope with the normal range of problems/setbacks and learn from them. Good mental health enables children to play and learn, develop a sense of right and wrong and make and maintain positive relationships. It is not uncommon for children and young people to experience mental health difficulties. Some schools may not have the capacity or resources to deliver Seasons for Growth so please check with the school. 

For more information about Seasons for Growth and the support available, visit Shropshire's Family Information Directory.

Cafcass

Cafcass champions the interests of children involved in family proceedings. They work with children and their families, and then advise the family courts in England on what they consider to be in the best interests of individual children. Their role is to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, give advice to the family courts, to make provision for children to be represented and provide information, advice and support to children and their families.

If you would like more information about Cafcass and the support and advice they offer, or would like to contact them, visit Shropshire Family Information Directory or go to their website.

Confide Counselling Services

Providing professional, affordable and confidential counselling in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.

We all need emotional support and sometimes friends and family are not enough. People come to confide with a wide range of problems. These may include:

  • Family or relationship problems
  • Seperation, divorce, bereavement
  • Anxiey, loneliness, depression
  • Low self esteem
  • Work issues and redundancy
  • Sexual, Physical or emotional abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Major life change

Confide offers individual sessions by professionally trained counsellors in Shrewsbury, Telford and other locations in the county.