A guide to claiming Child Maintenance if you have separated or divorced, but have a child or children under 16 (under 20 if in full-time education) living with you. You can speak to the Child Maintenance Options for impartial information on 0800 988 0988.
Alternatively you can visit their office at:
Child Maintenance Options
The Child Support Agency now only handle exisiting cases. New applications are dealt with by the Child Maintenance Service.
Parents can now register for the government's new childcare offers at the Childcare Choices website.
The Tax-Free Childcare scheme will begin on 28 April 2017 and will be gradually rolled out over 2017 - cutting childcare costs for working families across the UK by up to £2000 per child per year, or £4000 for disabled children. From September 2017, parents of three and four year olds living in England will be able to apply for a new 30 hours free childcare offer worth around £5000 per child.
Are you a grandparent or other family member looking after a child under the age of 12 whilst their parent (or main carer) is working? If so, you may be entitled to claim Specified Adult Childcare credits towards your pension which could be worth more than £230 a year in retirement.
For more information and how to apply for Specified Adult Childcare credits also see:
Provides information on careers, educational courses, volunteering, training opportunities and other personal support for young people aged 13-19 years old (up to 25 for those with a learning difficulty or disability) enabling young people to make informed decisions and choices.
It is a parent's responsibility to make sure their child gets to and from school, however in some cases Plymouth City Council may be able to help with transport. Your child may be able to get free transport to school if:
they aren't in walking distance of their nearest school
The Devon Autism Alert Card is a free credit style card that states the holder is on the Autistic Spectrum. It includes the holder's name and a unique identifying number.
On the back, emergency contact numbers can be added. The text on the back also gives the following information:
You could have communication difficulties with me
Your behaviour may seem confusing and/or threatening
You do not understand my thought processes
I may be frightened, feel threatened and overwhelmed
My sensory processing is very likely overloaded
The card was launched to help people with autism, so that they could show someone in situations they might find challenging. It is supported by Devon and Cornwall police and other emergency services. They hope that it will help identify people on the autistic spectrum, and will support improved engagement.
You can apply for a card on the Dimensions for Living website.
The National Children's Bureau is a charitable organisation which acts as an umbrella organisation who have created an authoritive and influential voice to improve the lives of children and young people.
If you or a family member have certain disabilities you may be eligible to apply for a free bus pass. This gives free travel on most local bus services in England between 9.30an and 11pm on weekdays and all day at weekends and public holidays.
If you have a disability, you may be eligible to apply for either a year or 3 year Disabled Persons Railcard. This will enable you (and another adult travelling with you) to get 1/3 off adult rail fares travelling on any National Rail network in Great Britain.
This is a charity that works in partnership with parents and carers to enable disabled children and young people to develop their skills and abilities and to fulfil their potential, hopes and aspirations.
Parents whose children have special educational needs can appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal against decisions made by Local Authorities (LAs) in England about their children's education.
The purpose of the site is ultimately to provide the UK with a huge life coach support network, enabling individuals to find a life coach close to them and appropriate for their needs. This is a free, confidential service that will help those seeking a new direction in their life to find the encouragement they need. Every life coach on the site who has a full profile has either provided a copy of their qualifications and insurance cover, or is registered with a professional body with recognised codes of ethics and practice, this way we can be assured of their professionalism.
If you are looking for organisations that promote disability sport or those that can offer advice and support for people with disabilities, please contact Plymouth City Council's Sports and Recreation team on 01752 307013 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A list of alternative and complementary therapists for occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, Chinese acupuncture, massage therapy and Bowen therapy.
The site promotes the benefits of complementary therapy and aims to give visitors all the information they need to help them make an informed decision about whether therapy would be right for them. The website has an FAQ's section, a number of useful articles written by it's members and the facility to search for a practitioner in your area.
All therapists listed in the directory have provided qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership of a professional body.
The Family and Childcare Trust aims to make the UK a better place for families, through research, campaigning and information provision, and working with government, employers and parents to reduce pressures on family life.
A registered charity for the support of lone parents in Britain, run by lone parents. Includes links to regional groups and also advice and information sheets covering a wide range of topics and issues facing single parents.
Nutrition is the way in which the body receives the materials (food) it needs to continue to function. Poor nutrition can lead to health problems, whereas good nutrition can help prevent and cure health problems. This website is a directory of nutritionist's providing advice and support.
Reading Well is a collection of books for 13 to 18 year olds chosen by young people and health experts that can help you cope with the pressures of daily life, boost your confidence and help you with difficult feelings and experiences.
They contain information and advice as well as personal stories about dealing with feelings such as anxiety, depression or stress, or experiences such as bullying along with a range of health topics including eating disorders and managing relationships in young people.
Skills and employability is a useful resource from Plymouth City Council for young people & parents from Year 7 through to Year 12 and practitioners. It contains useful information on skills and employability including links to directories for schools, colleges, the Training Provider Network & Higher Education. It also signposts a range of useful resources including careers advice, local job types / career ideas & ideas for inspiring young people with SEND into employment.