Law Society of England and Wales. You can find a solicitor specialising in family mediation by contacting the Law Society, either from their website (where you can search by geographic location) at www.lawsociety.org.uk or by telephone on 0870 606 6575 (find a solicitor telephone service).
The Collaborative Family Law Group. A new way to resolve divorce and family disputes with dignity and respect. Website: www.collablaw.org.uk
Support Groups / Charities / Campaigning Organisations<><><>
Families Need Fathers (FNF) is a registered charity providing support to divorced and separated parents, irrespective of gender or marital status on shared parenting issues arising from family breakdown. Their primary concern is to maintain the child's relationship with both parents and support parents through separation. Members of the charity believe that shared parenting is the best outcome for children (which research fully supports). www.fnf.org.uk
JUMP is a voluntary Jewish support and lobby group that aims to assist with better parenting time arrangements for the non-resident parent to see their children following difficulties after the breakdown of their relationship with their former partner.www.jump-parenting.org.uk
Dads UK is a self help and support discussion forum for single fathers. Although primarily for fathers, mothers and grandparents are welcome too.www.dads-uk.co.uk
MATCH is a registered charity run by Trustees who are mothers separated from their children in a wide variety of circumstances. Since 1979 it has offered non-judgemental emotional support to all mothers who are apart as a result of short or long-term mental or physical ill-health when children have been fostered or adopted, to mothers whose children have been abducted abroad by their fathers, to mothers who are apart as a result of alienation following high conflict family breakdown when children profess not to want to see their mother, and to mothers of adult children who are apart as a result of a family row.
|Campaigning Direct Action Parenting Group, raising public awareness and applying pressure for long overdue changes in UK Family Law. www.realfathersforjustice.org|
The Equal Parenting Alliance is constituted as a political party, with the aim of enabling anyone who wishes to stand for election on a platform of equality for both parents to do so.
Standing as a candidate in Local Government elections, in Scottish/Welsh/Northern Ireland elections, or in Westminster Parliamentary elections, are all effective ways to introduce into the political debate those issues which are close to your heart. www.equalparentingalliance.com
The Grandparents Association (Website: www.grandparents-association.org.uk). Their mission is to improve the lives of children by working with and for all grandparents especially those who:
|Grandparents as Parents (Website: www.grandparentsasparents.org.uk) campaign for greater rights for grandparents who care for their grandchildren and other kinship carers. Please join them and support this cause.|
|Grandparents Apart a self help group dedicated to ease the suffering of grandparents and grandchildren and extended families torn apart. The organisation campaigns for fairer family laws based on the real best interests of the child. Website http://www.grandparentsapart.co.uk|
Grandparents Plus is an organisation that raises the profile of grandparents and the extended family as providers of essential care, especially to vulnerable children. They establish policy and good practice in the support of grandparents and the extended family in caring for children, and especially vulnerable children and share this with policy makers, practitioners and the public. Website: www.grandparentsplus.org.uk
Reunite are the leading UK charity specialising in international parental child abduction. They operate the only telephone advice line in the UK offering practical, impartial advice, information and support to parents, family members, and guardians who have had their child abducted, as well as parents and guardians who may have abducted their child. Reunite also provide advice, information and support to parents who fear their child may be at risk of abduction and assist and advise in international contact issues and cases of ´permission to remove.www.reunite.org
Family Mediation Helpline. Telephone number 0845 60 26 627. Website: www.familymediationhelpline.co.uk.
UK College of Family Mediators. The College sets standards for family mediation and maintaines a register of family mediators who meet these standards. Website: www.ukcfm.co.uk. Their address is Alexander House, Telephone Avenue, Bristol BS1 4BS. Telephone number 0117 904 7223. Fax number 0117 904 3331.
Counselling and Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. You can find a local therapist on their website: www.bacp.co.uk.
Counselling Directory is a support network of UK counsellors and psychotherapists, with information on their training and experience, areas of counselling, fees and contact details. The service is free, confidential and easy to use.
Expert Witnesses and Court Welfare Services
British Psychological Society. You can find a specialist psychologist on their website. Their address is: St Andrews House, 48 Princess Road East, Leicester, LE1 7DR. Telephone Number 0116 254 9568. Fax 0116 247 0787. Website: www.bps.org.uk. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAFCASS. The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. Website: www.cafcass.gov.uk.
Tricho-Tech Limited. A forensic drug testing laboratory. Their address is: No.1 Pentwym Business Centre, Cardiff, CF23 7HB. Telephone number 029 2054 0542. Fax Number 029 2073 5036. Email address email@example.com. Website: www.tricho-tech.co.uk.
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The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) is the UK's leading charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children.” Website: www.nspcc.org.uk.
Samaritans. Helpine 08457 90 90 90. You can send texts to 07725 90 90 90. Website: www.samaritans.org.uk
Domestic Violence Helplines
The National Domestic Violence Helpline providing access to 24-hour emergency refuge accommodation as well as an information service, including safety planning and translation facilities. Telephone number 0808 2000 247. Website: www.womensaid.org.uk
MANKIND is the UK's leading charity helping male victims of domestice violence 01823 334244 (10am-4pm and 7-9pm Monday to Friday). Website: www.mankind.org.uk
1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be victims of domestic violence during their lifetime. It is a myth that domestic violence is a gender specific problem.
Single Parent Support and Information
Allkids An online parenting magazine including information on a range of topics and useful links. Website: www.allkids.co.uk/parenting-information-index.shtml.
Family Onwards Help and support for families, including parents, grandparents, and stepparents on a wide range of issues. Website: www.familyonwards.com
OneUpMagazine The first magazine for single parents and step parents. www.oneupmagazine.co.uk
Just Parents Parenting and Pregnancy advice for mums and dads. With baby names, gender predictor, forums, and parents blogs. www.justparents.co.uk
Surestart A government organisation providing a range of information to parents on subjects including childcare. Website: www.surestart.gov.uk.
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