Patterns of family life vary and there is no one, perfect way to bring up children. Good parenting involves caring for children’s basic needs which includes:
- Keeping them safe;
- Showing them warmth and love;
- Providing the stimulation needed for their development and to help them achieve their potential;
- Provide a stable environment where they experience consistent guidance and boundaries.
As a parent, carer, neighbour or anyone in contact with children and families you may at times have concerns about the welfare of a child. These could be concerns about their development, appearance or behaviour which may indicate signs of abuse.
If you have concerns about a child you can and should seek advice from professionals. The Integrated Access and Referral Team 0300 123 7 047 will give advice and guidance about making referral. If you believe that a child or young person is at immediate risk, this should be reported without delay to the police service as a 999 emergency.
Supporting Children to achieve
The things you do at home can help your child do so much better at school.
- Get your child to school on time
- Give them the confidence to do well
- Ask how school was
- Find time to read with your child
- Go to parents evening
- Help your child with their homework
- Practise numbers with your child.
Every parent wants to know what to do if their child is unwell and how to recognise the signs. The first years of a child’s life are crucial to their healthy development and will have a big influence on their well-being . As well as general well-being, this guide will help you understand when is the right time to call NHS 111, visit your GP, chat to your health visitor or take a visit to your local pharmacy. The guide is also available as a Smartphone App – please search Cheshire Child Health in the Apple Store or Google Play.
As children get older their health needs change so the guide below looks at the health and well-being of adolecents aged 12 – 19 years.
Supporting Young People’s Mental Health
As a parent, you might suspect your child is self-harming. This Coping with Self Harm Guide (PDF, 918kB) developed by the University of Oxford, is aimed at helping parents, carers, other family members and friends cope when a young person is self-harming.
Parents and Carers can also access this free online training from Virtual College which equips those with caring responsibilities to recognise the signs of mental distress and how to respond.
OurPact is a breakthrough parental control app that harnesses the power of Internet and Application blocking in order to teach children proper device use and responsibility. By syncing your family’s iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch to OurPact, you now have the power to manage your entire family’s device use under one platform.
Services for Children and Families in Cheshire West and Chester – The Local Offer
A new website that provides comprehensive local information, advice and support for families is now available:
If you would like further information about Domestic Abuse and Safeguarding Children please follow the link to the Cheshire Domestic Abuse Partnership web pages.
If you are a parent or carer concerned about Domestic Abuse within your teenagers relationship there is literature to help you on the Teenage Relationship Abuse Page and information available for them on the young people’s page
Car Seat Safety
Each year hundreds of children are injured as a result of poorly-fitted car seats when collisions happen. Cheshire West and Chester’s Road Safety Officers offer free child car seat safety checks to parents and carers. If the seat is fitted incorrectly they will demonstrate how to install the seat correctly and help parents how to do it themselves. Parents/Carers are required to bring the vehicle and seat to Northern Lights Business Park, Rossfield Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 3AW. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org