Children’s charities

Child Action North West (CANW)

CANW predominately operates in Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Cumbria, and offers a broad range of support services to children and young people, families, vulnerable adults and communities. Services include early intervention and family support programmes, family group conferences, therapeutic counselling, youth justice services, community engagement, advocacy services, foster care, young carers, social inclusion, and emotional health and wellbeing services. CANW also offer pro-contact services to facilitate safe and positive contact arrangements for children with separated parents.

Telephone: 01254 244 700
Social Media: Facebook @ChildActionNW / Twitter @TeamCANW

Some services are free, however there is a charge for other services such as pro-contact.

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, provide assistance in case of child abuse. If a child has suffered abuse, past or present, they can contact the NSPCC, so they can put interventions in place to either prevent further abuse or to deal with abuse that happen to the individual way back in time.

Telephone: 0808 800 5000
Social Media: Facebook: @nspcc / @nspccnorthwestandcumbria / Twitter: @NSPCC

Since 1985, Kidscape seeks to support children, and their parents, to help prevent bullying from the source. They aim to remove threats from in the inner circle of young children. They provide methods and techniques to increase the confidence of a child to keep safe.

Telephone: 02077 303 300
Social Media: Facebook: @KidscapeCharity / Twitter: @Kidscape

Home-Start UK
Home-Start UK is a national organisation which has independent schemes dispersed across the country that offer support, friendship and practical help to families who have at least one child under 11 or 12 years (dependent on the scheme). Tailor made support packages are provided to families who may need help with household routines or general parenting skills, disability, domestic abuse, isolation, post-natal illness or dealing with several children under 5 years.
The information provided is for Home-Start schemes based in Central Lancashire and Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, however schemes are also operating in Morecambe and Lancaster, Pendle and Ribble Valley, and Rossendale, Burnley and Hyndburn (information for these schemes can be found online).

Telephone: 01257 241 636 (Central Lancashire team)
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Email: Email either team by completing a contact form online.
Social Media: Facebook @Homestartcentrallancs / Facebook @homestartuk / Twitter @homestartuk