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Advice Services

In this section are some websites and numbers you may find useful for advice on the range of issues included in the study. If you have any concerns about yours or your child’s health and wellbeing, we would also recommend that you talk to your health visitor or GP.

Your child’s wellbeing and development
More information about preparing for parenthood and on the development of children aged five and under can be found on the Families in the Foundation Years website at, or by calling them on 020 7512 2100.

For advice on how to develop your child’s speech, reading and communication skills, or if you have questions or concerns please visit:
at, or telephone 020 7843 2544 to reach the free, confidential callback or email service from an I CAN speech and language therapist.
Words for Life at (online service only).

NHS Choices (online service only) also has advice on how to help your child’s speech at

You can obtain information about healthy eating and nutrition for you when you are pregnant and for your child at First Steps Nutrition Trust, (online service only).

General advice
Your local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) can offer independent advice in person on a range of general issues including housing, debt and consumer issues. You can find out more, including where your nearest CAB is, at CAB’s national phone service – Adviceline – is currently being rolled out across England. If it is not yet available in your area, you will hear options for recorded information by calling 03444 111 444.

Quitting smoking
If you would like help to stop smoking, the NHS provides guidance about help and support on its website or call NHS Go Smokefree on 0800 169 0169 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 5pm). You can also go to or call the QUIT helpline on 0800 00 22 00.

Alcohol and drug abuse
Drinkline is the national alcohol helpline. If you're worried about your own, or someone else's drinking, you can call this free helpline, in confidence. Call 0800 917 8282 (weekdays 9am-8pm, weekends 11am-4pm).

Talk to FRANK offers free confidential advice on drugs and alcohol. You can email, text (on 82111), phone on 0300 123 6600 (24-hours a day, every day), or get advice via webchat at

Domestic violence
One in four women experience domestic abuse or domestic violence at some point in their lives. Thirty per cent of this abuse starts in pregnancy, and existing abuse may get worse during pregnancy or after giving birth. Domestic abuse during pregnancy puts you and your unborn child in danger. NHS Choices has advice about how to identify domestic violence during pregnancy at
If you are concerned about your safety, please contact Women’s Aid and Refuge, which has a free 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247.

Mind provides advice on a range of mental health problems, including the types of mental health problem; where to get help; medication and alternative treatments; and advocacy. Visit or phone 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm, Mon–Fri).

The Samaritans provide confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Phone: 08457 90 90 90 (24-hour helpline).

If you are suffering from postnatal illness, the Association for Post Natal Illness offers advice and support. Visit their website or call 020 7386 0868 (10am-2pm, Mon-Fri).