How to Get Help

The Cumbria Children and Families Information Service provides information, a helpline and publications that are of benefit to parents and prospective parents and to children and young people up to the age of 20 years old.

Children's Services Directory

The Children’s Services Directorythis external link will open in a new window is an on-line source of information for parents, carers, young people and practitioners to obtain details about:

  • Support and advice groups
  • Activities for children and young people
  • Health and leisure
  • National helplines and websites

Find out more from Childrens and Families Support at Cumbria County Council.

Here are some websites from other organisations which parents and young people may find useful:

Cumbria Clinical Commisioning Group have created advice and guidance for parents in relation to common conditions that affect children.
http://www.northcumbriaccg.nhs.uk/health-services/Advice-and-Guidance-for-Children/Advice-and-Guidance-for-Children.aspx

Cumbria Children and Families Information Service provides free information, advice and guidance about a wide range of services, activities and entitlements for families with 0-19 year olds.
www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/childrenandfamilies/cfis/

Cumbria Local Safeguarding Childrens Board working with partners to keep children and young people safe in Cumbria.
www.cumbrialscb.com

Howgill Family Centre is local charitable organisations that provide advice and support for children and families.
www.howgill-centre.co.uk

Active Cumbria work with all partners in Cumbria to achieve healthy and active communities in Cumbria through sport and physical activity with many programmes for young people and their families.
www.activecumbria.org

Inspira is a Cumbrian based social enterprise company who supports and empowers people and communities to achieve their goals. Focused on developing life skills, Inspira is a lead provider of youth work in Cumbria and provides information and guidance about careers, routes to employment and further education to young people and adults in Cumbria. 
www.inspira.org.uk

Young Cumbria is an umbrella organisation that provides guidance, information and development support services to youth clubs/projects/groups based in Cumbria as well as direct delivery of youth work within the most disadvantaged communities in the county. 
www.youngcumbria.org.uk

Safety Net is a service for children and young people and their families in Cumbria aged between 3 and 25 who are suffering the traumatic effects of rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence, recent or historical.
www.safetynet-carlisle.org.uk

Barnardos provide advice and support for children, young people and families affected by drug abuse, disability, sexual/domestic abuse, homelessness, poverty and many other issues.
www.barnardos.org.uk

Change 4 Life healthy food & activity tips for you and your family.
www.nhs.uk/change4life

Action for Children - a national charitable organisations that provide advice and support for children and families.
www.actionforchildren.org.uk

Child Line provides information for young people on a wide variety of issues.
www.childline.org.uk

Young Minds provides a wide variety of information on all aspects of emotional well-being for young people.
www.youngminds.org.uk

Am I Normal? is a website for anyone hearing voices, experiencing paranoia or worrying that they or someone they care about may be experiencing a mental health problem.
www.aminormal.org

Netmums is unique network for both Mums and Dads which offers a wealth of information at both a local and national level.
www.netmums.co.uk

The Association for Post-Natal Illness provide support to mothers suffering from post-natal illness.
www.apni.org

The Birth Trauma Association – support for women with post-traumatic stress disorder or birth trauma.
www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk

Lullaby Trust – provides information on the prevention of sudden deaths, health promotion, and support to bereaved families.
http://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/

UK physical activity guidelines - information on how much physical activity children should be doing
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-physical-activity-guidelines

Child Accident Prevention Trust - information and advice on preventing child injuries
http://www.capt.org.uk/