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National Careers Service

The National Careers Service (formerly Next Step) provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential, helpful and impartial advice, supported by qualified careers advisers.  The service can be…

Carers Allowance

This is a benefit for parents and carers who look after a disabled child or adult for at least 35 hours a week.  The disabled person must get Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at the middle or higher rate for personal…

Nia

This project is for women who have been affected by abuse including sexual and domestic violence.  Mothers /carers and their children have access to one-off sessions and an eight week course to assist in developing language and literacy skills, communication skills, and safety planning. For mothers…

Child Benefit

Child Benefit is a tax-free payment that parents claim for their children.  There are separate rates payable for each child. Child Benefit payments usually stop when the child reaches 16, unless they are in education or training.  It is not paid beyond age…

Family Mediation Council

The Family Mediation Council helps you find trained family mediators in England and Wales. Mediation can help couples (both married and unmarried) who are separated, or considering separating, to reach mutually satisfying compromises and to resolve conflict voluntarily. The association provides: help…

Mosaic

Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, Mosaic is an organisation which aims to inspire young people from deprived communities to realise their talents and potential. Mosaic’s mentoring programmes in schools and prisons are delivered by volunteers and lift the aspirations of young people and…

Elays School

Elays School is a supplementary school for Somali children, held every weekend at the Katherine Low Settlement. It is run by the Elays Network, a non-profit making organisation based in Battersea. The supplementary school is for Somali children aged 5-11. Support is offered…

Free School Meals

Parents/carers eligible for free school meals could save themselves hundreds of pounds each year by applying.Children and young people can have free school meals, if their family is receiving:  income-based jobseeker's allowance; income-related employment and support allowance;  or child tax credit, (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax…

Child Support Agency

The Child Support Agency (CSA) provides advice and information on the statutory child maintenance schemes. These are legal processes that enable parents to pay towards the costs of their child(ren) if they are separated. For all children up to the age of…

Child Maintenance Options

Child Maintenance Options is a free service that provides impartial information and support to help separated parents make decisions about their child maintenance arrangements. This impartial information and support service for parents aims to: ensure that parents living apart…