No job is as rewarding as being a parent or caring for a child. It is a job where very little training is given to prepare parents for what lies ahead. Every family experiences difficulty from time to time. When extra pressures come along it may be difficult to think about what help or information you may need. We hope you find the guide below helpful and useful resource.
The interactive guide below can offer some ideas to help you find your way through what can be a maze of issues and advice. It gives contacts and further information you can follow up when you are deciding how to deal with issues. This guide also offers helpful tips from professionals and things to look out for.
This guide has been produced by professionals from health, education and social services, as well as parents and carers across Suffolk.
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If you are new to Suffolk things will of course seem a bit strange at first but with our help we can work together to support you. Health workers, teachers and carers can offer a whole host of services to welcome you.
To get the best start, make sure you register with a local GP, Health Visitor and Dentist and find out about schools. Suffolk School Admissions Service will be able to help you. If you have a pre-school child, your nearest Children’s Centre may be able to help get in touch with other services to help you.
Contact Suffolk Family Information Service (FIS) for information.
Going to clubs or local activities will help your child make new friends and begin a new enjoyable learning experience.
Try to make new friends yourself; once you’ve made the effort you will be pleased you did. Join local clubs or learn a new skill - this way you will immediately have something in common with everyone else.
A website for parents, carers, and professionals who are worried about a child or young person’s emotional wellbeing & mental health.
The site provides information, advice and guidance pages on common mental health issues, such as, anxiety, stress, depression, self-harm and eating disorders, and local support services and groups. Visit: www.emotionalwellbeinggateway.org.uk