If you or your family are struggling with some difficult problems, there are lots of things you can do to overcome those difficulties.
Click on the headings below for advice on what you can do to deal with each of these issues.
If you are having difficulties with several of these issues, there are ways in which we may be able to help you, before the situation reaches crisis point. You can contact the Children & Families support Gateway for information, advice and assistance by telephone on 01824 712200 or using an online form to request a call back.
Caring for someone can be demanding and isolating, which is why it is so important to get support from other carers or from organisations. Find out how you can get help and support.
If you are under 18 and you look after a family member due to a long term illness, we can help you to get advice, information and support. Find out how we can help young carers.
If you are an unpaid carer, you may be entitled to some financial help. Find out what is available and how to apply.
There are several different types of childcare available, whether you need childcare for all or part of the day, or just during the school holidays. Find out about the different kinds of childcare, and see what's available in your area.
You may also be entitled to some financial help with the cost of childcare.
There are lots of organisations that can help if you or someone in your family is experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence. Find out what help is available.
You can study a wide range of courses in the community. Studying can help you to get a qualification, learn new skills to get ahead at work, or to learn something new for fun. Find out more about adult learning. Attendance at school
You have a legal responsibility to make sure your child goes to school. If you think there may be a reason why your child may not want to go to school, you should speak to your child's class teacher for help and support. Difficulties at school
There are many reasons why a child may have problems at school, such as emotional or social difficulties, communication difficulties, behavioural problems, hearing or visual impairments, or bulliyng. If you are concerned about your child, speak to their class teacher for advice on what to do. You can get advice on how to deal with bullying here.
Find out what support we can provide if your child is having difficulties at school. Financial help
You may be entitled to some financial help while your child is at school, such as free school meals, or a school uniform grant. Find out what support is available, whether you are eligible, and how to apply.
There are lots of organisations that offer support and advice to help to get you back into work, or to develop your career. Get advice on jobs and careers
. Working for the council
Look at our current vacancies and find out about the rewards and benefits of working for us.
All mothers and most fathers have legal rights and responsibilities as a parent. This is known as parental responsibility. If you have parental responsibility, you must provide a home for the child, and protect and maintain the child.
A mother automatically has parental responsibility for her child from birth. The father has parental responsibility if he is married to the mother, and / or if he is named on the child's birth certificate. If you don't automatically have parental responsibility, you can apply for it. Find out more about parental responsibility.
There are lots of organisations that can help if your child's behaviour is challenging, or if you would like some advice on parenting. Click on the links below for details of how these organisations can support you: Home Start Family Lives (formerly Parentline Plus) NSPCC
Your pregnancy NHS Wales
provides information about all aspects of your pregnancy, including how to stay healthy while you're pregnant, your baby's development, labour and giving birth. They also have advice on how to adjust after the baby is born, and what help is available if you're finding things difficult. Maternity and paternity rights
When you take time off work to have a baby, you might be entitled to statutory maternity leave, statutory maternity pay, paid time off for antenatal care, and extra help for the government. Find out what you're entitled to on the Gov.uk website.