If you need advice or support, please ask for help. There are many professionals that can help you:
Your GP, health visitor or school nurse
If you have concerns about your child's health and wellbeing or development, discuss it with your GP, health visitor or school nurse. They will be able to advise you on issues such as eating disorders, speech problems, bedwetting, potty training, sleeping problems, establishing a routine, behaviour and tantrums, mental health, emotional health, self harming, drugs and alcohol, pregnancy and contraception.
Your child's school
The school will be able to help you if you have concerns about your child's attendance at school or about your child being bullied at school.
The police can help you if you are concerned about domestic abuse, bullying outside school or if your child is missing from home.
The county council
The Family Information Service provide information on parenting, from learning how to feed your baby, help with child behaviour issues, coping without sleep right up to dealing with teenage problems or finding activities to keep the kids entertained during the holidays.
Our Children and Family Wellbeing Service (previously children's centres) provide many services to help you with parenting including courses and advice.
To help you with your parenting we also offer:
- Advice and services for a range of health issues
- Services for children and young people with special needs and disabilities
- Advice and guidance if you think your child might need extra support
- Advice on finding and paying for childcare
- Leisure activities and initiatives including our libraries and museums to inspire and stimulate your children
- Information and advice on benefits and financial help you or your child may be entitled to
- Employment support if you or you're disabled, have a long-term condition or mental health problems.
- Information about helping young people to avoid becoming homeless including services that support families to improve their relationships so that young people are less likely to become homeless (an East Lancashire pilot scheme).
Other sources of information and help
The are other organisations and sources of information that can help you.