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Relationships helplines

Family Lives

Parentline:  0808 800 2222

Parentline Scotland: 08000 28 22 33


Splitting up or staying together

Open 24/7 and specialises in helping parents under stress, no matter what the problem. You can offload on to them and talk through what would be best for your children.  




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Relatehub - WebChat

We’re the UK's largest provider of relationship support, and last year we helped over two million people of all ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities to strengthen their relationships. Find out more about what we do and how we can help you here.

Relationships Scotland

InfoLine:  0345 119 2020


We're Scotland's largest provider of relationship counselling, family mediation and child contact centre services.

Tavistock Relationships

Tel:  020 7380 1975


Online Therapy

Our team of clinicians offer a range of affordable counselling and therapy services to support every individual, couple or parent facing relationship problems. Uniquely Tavistock Relationships is the only London based service that provides a payment sliding scale meaning that our services are accessible for all those who wish to use them.

Between us App

Between Us is an app designed to help you have a better relationship with your partner now or in the future.  It was created by Tavistock Relationships, an organisation based in London, which has been helping couples for more than 70 years.  The app provides individuals and couples with: A range of exercises, Tips, Videos and Information.  The app allows you to better understand what’s going wrong in your relationship and do something about it.

Marriage Care

Relationship Counselling Appointments: 0800 389 3801


Appointments line offering information and listening for people with marriage or any relationship difficulties. 



Single Parent Helpline:  0808 802 0925


One Parent Families / Gingerbread is the leading national charity working to help lone parents and their children.

One Plus One 


One Plus One is an online relationships resource offering information and support through an interactive website Click and online courses such as See it differently designed to help couples see the impact of their arguments on children and learn how to do it differently, and Getting it right for children to help separated parents communicate without distressing their children.



Latest news, product reviews, book club, webchats, special offers, competitions and parenting advice.



www.netmums.com A unique local network for Mums (or Dads), offering a wealth of information on both a national and local level. Once registered, you can access details for all kinds of local resources, from child-friendly cafes to childminders, places to go etc.

Grandparents Apart UK


Campaigning group who offer comfort and lend a friendly ear, helping them to build bridges, hoping to bring the family back together again, prevent further alienation and will act as go-between (mediation) with anyone who is willing to repair family relationships.

National Family Mediators Association Helpline:  01355 244 594


Family mediation is a voluntary process by which couples in dispute, particularly those going through separation or divorce, are helped to deal with arrangements for their future.  NFMA has a network of over 60 not-for-profit Family Mediation Services in England and Wales offering help to couples, married or unmarried, who are in the process of separation and divorce.  

National Family Mediation

Tel:  0300 4000 636


We help families in conflict, especially those divorcing or separating.  Our family mediation service is quicker and more cost-effective than heading to court. It reduces conflict, and your family stays in control of arrangements over children, property and finance.  We work right across England and Wales and our family mediation service has over 30 years’ experience providing expert, professional family mediation service.

Families Need Fathers

Helpline:  0300 0300 363


If you are separating or divorced and are worried about not seeing your children - or worried about the effect the breakdown of your relationship might have on them, Families Need Fathers can provide you with the support and information you need.  Our services are open to mothers, fathers, grandparents, new partners and extended families. We are an organisation dedicated to helping parents and their families continue to provide the love, care and support that their children need after separation - and are there to support parents and families in doing this - especially if you are having problems in coming to an agreement on your own.


The Mix


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Sex & Relationships

Life’s tough, we know that. It can throw a lot your way and make it hard to know what the hell to do with it all.  So, welcome to The Mix. Whether you’re 13, 25, or any age in between, we’re here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts you have. We give you the information and support you need to deal with it all.  Because you can.  Because you’re awesome.  We’ll connect you to experts and your peers who’ll give you the support and tools you need to take on any challenge you’re facing – for everything from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from break-ups to drugs.  We’re a free and confidential multi-channel service. That means that you choose how you access our support, without the worry of anyone else finding out. Whether it be through our articles and video content online or our phoneemailpeer to peer and counselling services – we put the control in your hands. You can even volunteer with us too.

My Horrid Parent


On this website you will find ways to cope with a parent who regularly puts you down, finds fault with what you do and treats you in a negative way. I explain what makes them as they are, try my best to support you and give you lots of ideas on how to get by, especially when you feel vulnerable. I also show you ways of turning your negative experience at home into something much more positive for your future. It's important to accept that having a destructive, difficult parent is unfortunate, but not your fault.  Being an adult or parent doesn’t mean they always know best.  But most of all, every child deserves to be loved.  I would like nothing more than that the children of horrid parents consider this a safe haven for advice, comfort and help. 

My Dearest Enemy, My Dangerous Friend – Dorothy Rowe

In My Dearest Enemy, My Dangerous Friend, Dorothy Rowe presents a radically new way of thinking about siblings that unites the many apparently contradictory aspects of these complex relationships. This helps us to recognise the various experiences involved in sibling relationships as a result of the fundamental drive for survival and validation, enabling us to reach a deeper understanding of our siblings and ourselves.

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