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Family and Relationships

We realise how important positive and supportive relationships with family, friends and others can be to living a happy, safe and successful life, and we will support you to have a strong and safe support network around you.

Strong & safe support network

If you want to, we can advise and support you to get in touch with people who are special to you or who cared for you in the past.  We can also support you to re-connect with family in cases where it will be a positive step for you.  We will help you to develop new and keep safe and healthy relationships with friends and family.  Your personal adviser can help you with this.  

Your life history

If and when you want to we will help you to understand your time in care and your life history, including your case files.  This can include support to trace your family if needed and support to access extra emotional support if you need it as we understand this can be a challenging time. Speak to your personal adviser if you would like to look at this.

We will give you extra and specialist support if you have been adopted. When you are over 18 years old we can help you access your adoption records, receive birth records counselling, get advice on tracing birth relatives, and request intermediary services to meet birth family members. More information can be found online here: http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/care/adoption/support-after-adoption/people-who-have-been-adopted

Your rights

You have the right to have support from an Independent Advocate who can help you to be involved in all the decisions about when you leave care and your plans for leaving care.  They inform you of your rights and help you to be heard in meetings.  They can help you if you’re not happy with the decisions we make about the support we give you.  Independent Advocates don’t work for social services or the Council, they are completely separate from us, and work for a charity.  If you would like an Independent Advocate call Freephone 0808 901 9488 or email advocay@childrenssociety.org.uk  or ask your personal adviser to help you get one.

Personal relationship support

If you find yourself in relationships that you feel are difficult, making you unhappy and/or aren’t good for you, your personal adviser can offer support.  For example, they can help with domestic abuse and sexual exploitation issues to make sure you are safe and feel safe.

Your personal adviser will always respect your own gender and sexual identity. They can help you access services that offer support with your sexual and gender identity needs.

Your personal adviser will give you advice and help you to challenge any discrimination you face as a care leaver.

Being a parent

Your personal advisor can help you find support if you have a young child. Children’s Centres are great places to find things like parenting groups and other support for young families with children under 5.  For more information please see:  www.surestart.notts.nhs.uk soon to be www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/xxxxx tbc January 2019

If your child is over 5, then the Family Service may be able to help you with parenting support.  To ask for help from the Family Service you, or a professional working with you, should get in touch with the Early Help Unit on 0115 8041248  or early.help@nottscc.gov.uk

The Parent/Carer zone of Notts Help Yourself www.nottshelpyourself.org.uk  provides useful information to parents and parents-to-be

If you are a first-time teenage mum-to-be, you may also be able to access support through the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), which is a home visiting service providing on-going support to first-time teenage mothers and their babies (plus fathers and other family members, with mum’s permission).  For more information go to www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/family-nurse-partnership .  Please ask your Personal Advisor how to do this because it will be different if you want some extra support.

The Healthy Families Teams are also there to support you with your child’s development and health needs.  For more information please see: https://www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/healthy-family-teams

 

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