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Surrey Family Information Service: Support parents and carers of children and young people from 0 to 25 years, and the professionals working with them. Search for services, organisations, groups, support groups, courses, grants, childcare, events, etc.
Surrey SEND Local Offer: Provides information and support services to families with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 0 to 25 years
SEND Advice Surrey: SEND information, advice and support
Family Lives: Supporting parents/carers through all aspects of family life.
Young Minds: Parental helpline and advice for those who are worried about their child's behaviour and emotional problems.
Safe Space Health: Information for children and young people covering subjects such as emotional well-being.
Homestart UK: Supporting families with young children through challenging times.
Children and Family Health Surrey: Surrey-wide NHS community health service for children and young people from birth up to 19 years of age and their parents and carers.
Action for Children: Works closely with children and families to spot problems early, and offer extra help when it's needed, from childcare to mental health programmes and parenting support
Dental Hygiene for Kids!
Here's how you and your children can have healthy teeth and keep trips to the dentist to a minimum
Brush your teeth twice a day
Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
Floss between your teeth
Floss or use an interdental brush every day to remove food, debris and plaque lodged between your teeth.
Cut down on sugar, and other lifestyle tips
Have a healthy lifestyle, including eating well, not smoking and limiting your alcohol and sugar intake. It's good for your whole body, including your teeth, gums and mouth.
Brush baby teeth as soon as they come through
Start brushing a baby's teeth as soon as they come through.
Get children into a teeth-cleaning routine
Help your child have healthy teeth for life by having a good dental health routine.
Straighten crooked teeth with braces
More and more teenagers (and some adults) are having braces and orthodontics to straighten their teeth
Have regular dental check-ups
Have regular check-ups with your dentist. Do not put off going for a check-up. Detecting problems early can mean they're easier to treat.
If problems are not treated, they may lead to damage that's harder, or even impossible, to repair.
For information on where your nearest dentist is, see how to find an NHS dentist.
Protecting your children online
More and more children are spending more time online. While the internet is great in supporting children with their school work and keeping in-touch with friends and family, it can also bring risks. Now more than ever it is important to talk to your child about staying safe online and about the apps and sites they may be using.
NSPCC Top Tips for Parents
- Reassure children that you’re interested in their life both online and offline.
- Ask your child to show you what they enjoy doing online.
- Be positive but also open about anything you’re worried about.
- Ask them if they are worried about anything, and let them know they can come to you.
- Ask them about their friends online and how they know they are who they say they are.
- Listen for the reasons why your child wanted to use apps or sites you don’t think are suitable, so you can talk about these together.
- Ask your child what they think is okay for children of different ages so they feel involved in the decision making.
Top Tips for managing screen time:
- Set a good example with your own device use.
- Talk together about the time children spend online.
- Agree on an appropriate length of time that they can use their device for.
- Get the whole family to unplug and create 'screen free' zones at home.
- Use technology and apps to help manage screen time.
Top Tips for Kids!
- Don’t post any personal information online- like your address, email address, or phone number.
- Think carefully before posting picture or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online, people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore!
- Keep your privacy settings as high as possible.
- Never give out your passwords.
- Do not accept or befriend people you don’t know.
- Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online.
- Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
- Think carefully about what you say before you post something online.
- Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with them.
- If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried; leave the website, turn off your computer and tell a trusted adult immediately.
A family agreement is a great way to start a conversation with your whole family about how you all use the internet, and to start discussion together around how to behave in a positive way when online. As a family you could discuss and produce a family agreement about what is expected and unexpected when online.
Here are some great websites for internet safety