Coping with family pressures – advice and information

The winter months bring extra challenges with financial pressures, families all under one roof, and combined with the stress of coping with Covid-19 this year.
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All of these issues can put increasing pressure on families, making it difficult to cope, which can cause mental health issues and other problems. We have compiled these sources of support and guidance to help Hampshire families cope.  

Connect to Support Hampshire 

Connect to Support Hampshire is the county’s one-stop-shop online directory of care and support for advice and information such as mental health and wellbeing resources specifically related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and self-isolation, and where to find support if you’re unable to look after your pets. The website also provides listings for community groups and services across Hampshire. Connect to Support Hampshire 

Domestic abuse 

Domestic abuse services in Hampshire, including refuge, are available and mainly provided via telephone, email and online. Face to face support is currently unavailable due to national measures introduced. You can view further details here: 

Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service 

Further updates to the local domestic abuse service provision, including service updates, safety planning and useful contacts can be viewed here: 

Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service – Information and Updates 

Early help 

Early help means ‘identifying as early as possible if a child or family need support and helping them to access services, working together to ensure that this has maximum impact. Visit the Hampshire Safeguarding Children’s Partnership Early Help webpage. 

Family Support Service 

The Family Support Service (FSS) is a Hampshire County Council service for families with children aged 0–19 years (or up to 25 for young adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities). Visit the Hampshire County Council Family Support Service webpage. 

Money Matters 

Buy with Confidence 

Buy With Confidence is the only nationally available business approval scheme that’s 100% owned, controlled and operated by independent public sector bodies. Using a Buy with Confidence approved member is the best way to ensure a legal, honest and fair service if you need work doing around your home. Buy With Confidence 

Making Money Matter 

Making Money Matter provides vital information to people with a learning disability about consumer rights and includes useful tips on managing a budget and avoiding the pitfalls of debt.  A resource pack is available comprising of videos which feature topics such as shopping, doorstep sales and credit cards. Making Money Matter 

NSPCC Support for Parents 

Parenting can be rewarding, but it can also be challenging. The NSPCC Support for Parents webpage provides parenting tips for all stages of your child’s life, as well as advice on how to deal with difficult situations. 

Parents and Carers 

Information on a variety of subject to help and support parents and carers of children can be found on the Safeguarding Childrens’ Partnership Parents and Carers webpage. 

We also have a page of support and resources for unpaid carers in Hampshire.  

Important Contact Details 

In an emergency, or if you suspect you or someone else is in immediate danger, phone 999.

For Deaf Access Text 999 or Emergency Minicom TextRelay on 18000 (You must be registered to use this service).  

For more options, see the Hampshire Constabulary Accessible Contact webpage.  

Hampshire Children’s Services 

Public phone number: 0300 555 1384 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm) 

Out of Hours Service: 0300 555 1373 

Professionals should complete the online Interagency Referral Form. For urgent child protection enquiries professionals can phone: 01329 225379. 

Hampshire Adult Services 

Hampshire Adult’s Health and Care: 
0300 555 1386 or out of hours: 0300 555 1373 

If you need advice on accessing health and care serviceshow to stay safe and well this winter, mental health, or dealing with loneliness and isolation, we have developed advice and information pages on all these topics.   



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