Getting support

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust – 0 to 19 Torbay – Child and young peoples safety

Information on keeping your young child, teenager and family safe, with links to local and national advice and videos and accessing further help.

South Devon College

Find out more about the courses and apprenticeships available near you. – Smoking

Free, proven support to help you quit!

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust – 0 to 19 Torbay – Toileting, wetting and soiling

Toilet training, wetting and soiling information, support and advice for all ages.

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust – 0 to 19 Torbay – Illness, allergy and keeping healthy

Information from common childhood illnesses, health promotion and family wellbeing, through to serious illnesses – what to look for and expect, how to manage, and when to seek help.

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust – 0 to 19 Torbay – Child development

Advice on helping to support development for all the family. Useful links to video clips, local and national information and guidance.

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust – 0 to 19 Torbay – Immunisations

Vaccines are quick, safe and very effective and help protect you, your child, and whole family from a range of potentially serious and even fatal diseases. Lots of helpful information and websites to help answer all your questions.

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust – 0 to 19 Torbay – Emotional health and wellbeing

Advice, helpful website and information to support the whole families wellbeing.

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust – Teething and dental health

Poor dental hygiene affects not only your child’s teeth but also their health and wellbeing. Information and help to find local Dentists.

Hungry Little Minds

HM Government provides digital information, strategies and videos for parents to use at home.

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust – 0 to 19 Torbay – Behaviour

Advice and support on managing behaviours in children and teenagers, common behavioural habits and difficulties, with explanations to why these behaviours often occur.

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust – 0 to 19 Torbay – Special needs learning and physical disabilities

The Children’s Learning Disability Health Team offers a specialist community based service for children with a learning disability within Torbay.

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust – 0 to 19 Torbay – Starting and moving school

Information you and your children may want to know before they start or move schools including; preparation and advice; health screening programmes; and local and national guidance.

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust – 0 to 19 Torbay – Safeguarding

Information and advice to support children in having safe, healthy and happy childhoods that help to prepare them for adult life.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

Provides information, advice, resources and training, and is actively involved in the promotion of safety in all areas of life – at work, in the home, and on the roads, in schools, at leisure and on or near water.

British Allergy Foundation

Information and support to sufferers and their families. Leaflets, fact sheets and regular newsletters are available. In addition they run a help line and support groups throughout the country.

The Communication Trust

Four films entitled ‘through the eyes of a child’ for parents of children between birth and 3 years. The Communication Trust films are full of useful advice on how parents can encourage their child to talk and interact with them. – Vaccinations

You’ll find all the information you need about which vaccinations your baby will be offered and when in the Red Book (your child’s personal health record).

NHS England – South West – Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

The South West Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Network (SWPIMH) works with and alongside the Maternity Clinical Network (SWMCN) to bring together stakeholders from across the South West region to support each other in improving the overall safety and quality of perinatal and maternity services while improving women’s experience.

Parent Talk

Down-to-earth parenting advice you can trust. We’re on hand to support parents, when you need us. Browse our articles on the most common parenting questions from our experts. Or talk one-to-one with a qualified parenting coach about anything that’s worrying you. It’s all free, and no topic is too big, small, or embarrassing.

Torbay Safeguarding Children Partnership

The Torbay Safeguarding Children Partnership aims to help children, young people and families stay safe at home, at school and out and about.

Torbay Family Information Service

The Family Information Service (FIS) Directory provides information for families and people working with them in Torbay

Job Centre Plus Torquay

Advice and information on a range of employment and training issues for people of working age

Christians Against Poverty

CAP can help if you are struggling with debt or unemployment, need some help breaking free from habits or learning new life skills.

Torbay Council – Special education needs and disability support (SEND)

Find support, guidance and information for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.


If you’re having sleep problems, there are simple steps you can take to ease those restless nights. Find out how to get to sleep and how to sleep better.

NHS sleep self-assessment

Most people experience problems with sleep in their life. In fact, it’s thought that a third of Brits will have episodes of insomnia at some point. This short test from Sleepio will give you a ‘sleep score’ plus practical tips and advice for improving your sleep.

Speech & Language UK

Information to help you understand and support children and young people’s speech, language and communication.

BBC Bitesize – Starting primary school

Lots of help, advice and games to get your child ready and feeling more confident about starting school.

Potty Training

Information and advice around potty training.

Solihull online course – Understanding your baby

‘Understanding your baby’ is for everyone around a new baby: supporting you and the new arrival from birth to 12 months.

This course gives you information about your baby’s brain development and your baby’s physical and emotional development. It shows how important your relationship with the baby is for the baby’s development.

It integrates the traditional information given on a postnatal course with this new approach to developing your relationship with your baby. It looks at your baby’s sleeping, feeding, crying, playing and childcare options.

If you have already done the Solihull Approach antenatal course ‘Understanding pregnancy’ you may recognise some of the Units about feelings and support, You may want to think about this again, now you have your baby. If you are a Dad you may recognise parts of the Module for fathers, but you may want to look at the Units again.

Health & Care Videos – Children’s Allergies

Lot’s of useful videos on children’s allergies from cow’s milk allergy to hay fever.

Health & Care Videos – Head Lice

Find out more about finding and treating head lice in this short video.

Children & Family Health Devon – Children’s Learning Disability

We are a specialist team of Learning Disability Nurses and Child Learning Disability Clinical Psychologists. We provide a community Learning Disability service providing advice and support to children, young people, and parents/carers as well as to healthcare and education professionals. Children & Family Health Devon provides the NHS Learning Disability service across Devon, including Torbay.

The service we offer includes behavioural, sleep and assessments to support continence and skills for independence with children and young people who have profound and severe levels of learning disability; working with children who have profound and severe levels of learning disability (including children with additional diagnosis such as Autism, Down’s Syndrome etc.) and supporting the development of community and school-based programmes of support. As such, we offer support both directly to children and young people with learning disabilities and indirectly in order to facilitate access to mainstream services.


DaddiLife – A parenting website for dads which includes advice, tips and help on family, health, lifestyle and much more.

Speech and Communication

Find out how you can help your child’s language and reading skills and communication milestones.


Sleep explained. We answer your questions on everything from bedtime and naps to the stuff that keeps us all awake.

Childline – CalmZone

There are lots of way to feel calmer. It’s about finding what works for you. Try some of CalmZones breathing exercises, activities, games and videos to help let go of stress.

GOV.UK – Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Information and advice if you have a child or young person with a disability or special educational need.

Torbay Council, special educational needs and disability (SEND)

Find support, guidance and information for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

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Relationship support for everyone of all ages.

NHS – Choosing a baby car seat

Information and tips on buying a car seat and how to safely fix them into your car.

Who am I? Videos explaining various health professionals roles

Have you every wondered what the different health professionals do? If so, these videos explain the various roles you might meet.

Here’s a link to videos which explain health professionals roles from your health visitor to dietician to junior doctor or speech and language therapist.

Torbay Community Helpline

The Torbay Community Helpline is a one-stop-shop for access to advice, information and referral to a whole range of support in the community and beyond.

Call or use the online form to ask for help or signposting about anything, including:

  • Benefits, debt, and finance
  • Housing issues
  • Activities and groups in your area
  • Mental and physical wellbeing
  • Caring for someone
  • Accessing training and skills
  • Domestic abuse
  • Volunteering

Our child’s development

Every child is unique and develops differently. Each will struggle with different things. While some seem to breeze through life and school, others can find certain things very difficult. This can come out in their behaviour and it can be hard for families and schools to know the best way to support them. There is never a simple explanation for why a child is struggling. Often it is a matter of trial and error to find out what works and setting realistic expectations for each individual child.

This “First Steps” booklet is for those caring for a child with development needs. It is a record and a guide.

As a record it is for you to hold, keep updated and share with anyone involved. Recording needs and discussing them as a family might be enough, but if you need further help (from school, friends or health professionals) you can share what you like from this booklet. This way everyone is kept on track, and you will not have to keep repeating your story.

As a guide, it takes you through a comprehensive assessment of your child. You can then focus on areas of need using the initial tips in each section, seeking help from appropriate professionals if required.

First Steps Booklet

Child Accident Prevention Trust

Free child safety advice to parents and carers, support professionals working with children and families, support senior professionals and policy-makers and advise the government and organisations on child safety.

One of the reasons children have accidents is because they develop so fast that Mum and Dad can’t keep up! How many times have you heard the phrase … “I didn’t know he could do that”? Find out more from CAPT.

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Are you ok?

If your partner or someone in your family is hurting your mind or your body that’s not OK. Support is available.

UNICEF – Breastfeeding in the UK

Find out about breastfeeding rates in the UK and our work to improve them.