Parenting advice and support

We’re here for you, when you need us. Find answers to parenting questions , join a free online course or find helpful support from recommended websites and organisations.

Online courses

These award winning courses are for you, as a parent (although grandparents like these courses too!). No-one gave you a manual about how to enjoy being a parent or how to be the best parent you can be. But there are a few things that can really make a difference. These three courses are all about you and your child. There is an antenatal course, a postnatal course and a course from toddlers to teenagers (this one is in English or in Urdu). For the antenatal course, starting to get to know your child before they are even born and for all courses, getting to grips with how important you are as a mum or a dad. To find out more about the courses, click on Learn. They are free to anyone living in Torbay, Devon, Plymouth and Cornwall. Just enter the access code TAMAR

Solihull online course – Understanding your child with additional needs

This online course is for parents with a child with additional needs. It is for parents, relatives and friends of children who may have a physical or learning disability or who may have autistic traits. In the UK, you may be within the SEND (Special educational needs and disability) system. Some parents describe their child as differently abled, or neuroatypical.

This course is in 2 sections. Level 1 lays the foundation for understanding your child. Level 2 looks at some particular aspects of parenting: sleeping and anger management, together with more about how we interact with each other. Understanding this can make it easier to work with your child’s behaviour as well as supporting their development. Once you finish Level 1 you can progress to Level 2 if you’d like to.

To access this course for free, just enter the code TAMAR.

Solihull online course – Understanding your child’s mental health and wellbeing

If you are either interested or worried about your child’s mental health and wellbeing, then this course is for you.

This course ‘Understanding your child’s mental health and wellbeing’ is unusual as it introduces you to mental health and wellbeing in Part 1…, then you leave this course and complete ‘Understanding your child’ …and then come back to Part 2 of this course.

If you have already completed ‘Understanding your child’ then you don’t need to do it again (unless you want a refresh or to look at it from a different angle).

Enter the code TAMAR to access it for free.

Solihull online course – Understanding your child

An Online course for parents of children aged 6 months to 18 years. The first online course for parents to be awarded the Government’s CANparent Quality Mark. Developed by the Solihull Approach team; health professionals working together with parents and practitioners.

For curious parents, for Dads who want to be the best Dads they can be, for Mums who want to be the best Mums they can be. Over 90% of parents think that a parenting course would be useful.

The course can be done at a time and place to suit family life, just enter the code TAMAR, fill in a few details to create an account. You can then sign in to your course.

Virtual support

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.

Culture Reframed Parent Programme

Culture Reframed understands how daunting it can be to raise kids in a culture where they are bombarded with sexual images, including porn. That’s why they have created a Parents Program — a complete, best-practice toolkit — that will give you the skills and knowledge you need to raise porn-resilient kids.


  • The harmful effects of hypersexualized media and porn.
  • How to teach healthy sexuality and strengthen resilience to porn culture.
  • How the use of porn affects the brain and can lead to habituation and addiction.
  • How to support and guide your adolescent every step of the way.

Access the free Parents Program now at

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

Visit this website to find out how parents can start the mental health conversation with their kids: Unicef: What’s on your mind?

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