Making Parent Support more available to us all

Published: August, 2013

Children and young people  often benefit from a Parent Support Advisor or PSA who works with their parents or carers to  provide parent and family support. This can be a very useful intervention during times of family stress such as bereavement, divorce, separation, parental ill health or coping with additional needs. PSAs are usually funded through the Department for Education and based in schools. Unfortunately with general cut backs and wih the current financial austerity many schools are struggling to provide sufficient PSA time to meet demand which has led to a need for alternative ways of providing Parent Support. We are putting together a directory of private and charitable options with the aim of making Parent Support available for us all - see below for details or to book a consultation email Doctor Sarah Temple.


Doctor Sarah Temple works in London, Bristol and Dorset. She has extensive experience both within NHS General Practice and Children's Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and  offers  private appointments for families who wish to explore management of behavioural issues or look at the effect of life traumas such as divorce, separation or parental ill health (including cancer) on children and young people from 0-25 years. Sarah works as a GP rather than as a counsellor or therapist and by having a minimum of 40 minutes with the family offers a very different experience from the 10 -20 minutes available from NHS GPs. Sarah is not a Parent Support Advisor- she is, however, gathering a team of Parent Support Advisors across London and the South West who will be able to provide support for families- see below. She enables  an understanding of NHS, Local Authority and Community Voluntary Sector Services for Children and Young People as well as offering screening for neurodevelopmental conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder -ADHD- or Autistic Spectrum Disorder -ASD. Working closely with her is Shoba Manro Holly , an experienced social worker who, like Sarah, takes a whole family approach to bahavioural issues. Together Sarah and Shoba provide a service that  sits comfortably  alongside existing  services within local schools, CAMHS services and charities such as the Dorset Child and Family Counselling Trust (DCFCT) .


Fees are kept to a minimum  with an option to look at funding from EHCaP  or DCFCT where finances are an issue.


Sarah  takes a particular interest in the well being of parents and professional carers   -  how our emotional resilience affects our ability to care and parent effectively and how times of stress (eg divorce or illness)   expose  our emotional vulnerabilities. Identifying the issues behind a child's behaviour  is a complex process requiring us as parents and carers alike to acknowlege challenges we  face and overcome feelings of stigma or failure. The process can be eased by attending to our own needs for example through complementary therapies such as mindfulness and meditation or  through accessing effective parenting support. Sarah  will explore options available and help you navigate local referral pathways.


to book a consultation email Doctor Sarah Temple.


Finding Private and Funded Parent and Family Support

Family Lives is a leading national parenting and family charity primarily funded by the DfE, providing a wide range of support services to parents and families across the country.  They offer free national services - such as a 24/7 free helpline, live chat and email support and local face to face services for anyone caring for a child.  Every day, Family Lives transforms lives, supporting parents to make changes in their own and their child's lives to improve children's outcomes.  Mental health, stress, problem behaviour, bullying, relationship and separation issues are just some of the key issues that they work with parents and professionals to resolve day in, day out.


Click here for free support :


Place2be provides parent support in schools and is funded partly by the DfE and partly through charitable donation

Special KIds in the UK provides on line parenting support for families with children with additional needs 

Contact a Family 

Young Minds provide a directory of counsellors nationwide. 



 Dr Victoria Samuel runs The Parent Support Service  in Bristol and has an experienced team working with her enabling parents, children and young people to better understand complicated feelings, improve difficult relationships & to learn practical skills so as to feel more confident, content & in control.


Dr Clare Bailey runs  Parenting Matters from Penn in Buckinghamshire  and  has a team of experienced parenting coaches working with her. Working with parents individually, on local courses, through schools and in large organisations, they help parents develop simple strategies that have been proven to be highly effective at creating a more harmonious family environment in which happy, confident children can develop to their fullest potential


Family works can help you to find out how to make family life more enjoyable and find new ways to approach difficult situations.


Family Works aims to:


  • Inspire and support positive change in parents and children.
  • Increase the confidence, knowledge and skills of parents.
  • Strengthen relationships in families.


Family Works is a team of dedicated professionals providing a pioneering service to support families in Cornwall. We aim to provide holistic interventions and innovative parent education to support the varying needs of families in Cornwall.


Dorset Child and Fanily Counselling Trust 

Hot News ** DCFCT plan to provide Parent and Family Support - ask your GP, school or children's centre staff to complete a referral form

 Jenny Boswell -  Counsellor and Trained Parent Support Advisor Supervisor  - based in Yetminster, Dorset   [email protected]

 Sue Eley -  Counsellor with experience in Family Support  - based South Dorset [email protected]


Parentskool  practical parent to parent antenatal classes in the Brighton area


information , advice and guidnce for parents and carers with children with additional needs -Somerset Parent Support

Penny O Brien - integrative counsellor with family experience


Dr Sarah Temple has researched established private providers of parent and fammily support - click here for details

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