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Information for Parents & Carers

The BSCB has a wide range of information available for Parents & Carers.

Keeping Children Safe

The Keeping Children Safe leaflet contains advice on what to do if you are concerned about a child.


Parenting Handbook (for parents with children aged 0 – 11yrs)

This useful resource has been updated. While it remains full of a wide range of helpful information, covering issues such as babysitting, bullying, child minding, internet safety, positive parenting and temper tantrums, each topic is now available to download as an individual factsheet.

These factsheets can be downloaded as separate documents, for training purposes, guidance and advice or for general information. Alternatively, the factsheets have been developed in such a way that they can be downloaded to create, along with a front cover, contents page and useful organisation pages, a complete hardcopy handbook.

Front Cover


Contents Page

Factsheet 1: Babysitting

Factsheet 2 : Bedwetting & Sleeping Difficulties

Factsheet 3 : Bullying

Factsheet 4 : Child Protection

Factsheet 5 : Childminding & Daycare

Factsheet 6 : Children Left Alone

Factsheet 7 : Children With Disabilities

Factsheet 8 : Domestic Abuse

Factsheet 9 : Don’t Shake The Baby

Factsheet 10 : Health & Safety

Factsheet 11 : Internet Safety

Factsheet 12 : Positive Parenting & Self Esteem

Factsheet 13 : Smacking

Factsheet 14 : Temper Tantrums

Factsheet 15 : Worried About A Child

Helpful Organisations : Local

Helpful Organisations : National



Other useful links for Parents & Carers:

Alcohol: Drinkaware provides information about alcohol and its effects. It also provides advice and guidance for those parents and carers wishing to speak to their children about alcohol.

You can also click on the online Drinks Diary to calculate the units in alcoholic drinks.

Bullying: For information on how to help your child deal with being bullied, or if your child is bullying others, please visit: http://www.bullying.co.uk/advice-for-parents/.

Drugs: http://www.talktofrank.com/ provides a wide range of information about drugs and their effects, as well real life stories and interactive material.

If your family is being affected by drug misuse (either by your children, or yourself), information on the local help and support available to you can be found at http://www.addaction.org.uk/

Preventing Accidental Child Injury: Child Accident Prevention Trust is a networking site and knowledge hub for those working to prevent accidental injury to children and young people across England http://www.makingthelink.net/

The Water Safety Code: Water may look safe, but it can be dangerous.  This poster gives some top tips for spotting dangers and how to get help.

Self Harm

Self-harming is when a young person chooses to inflict pain on themselves in some way. Young people who are self-harming  may be cut or burn themselves, bite their nails excessively, develop an eating disorder or take an overdose of tablets. It can also include taking drugs or excessive amounts of alcohol. It is usually a sign that something is wrong.

Young people may self-harm if they are feeling anxious, depressed or stressed or if they are being bullied and feel that they do not have a support network or way to deal with their problems. Young people who self-harm often talk about the ‘release’ that they feel after they have self-harmed, as they use it as a mechanism to cope with their problems.

Self-harm can be really hard to understand but it is a lot more common than some people think. Between one in 12 and 1 in 15 people self-harm.

YoungMinds provide information on self-harm especially for parents and carers, including links to lots of organisations that can provide help. They also have a free, confidential YoungMinds Parents’ Helpline: 0808 802 5544 (Mon – Fri 9.30am – 4pm. Free for mobiles and landlines)

The NSPCC, and the Samaritans also provide useful information on understanding self-harm and what you can do as a parent or carer.