Posted: 30 November 2016

More help should be available for parents

We are calling on national policy and local service provision to address the needs of families with teenagers

Dr. Miriam Stoppard shares our belief that families should have information and services available when they need it through every stage of their lives.

‘Parents want their children to be happy and positive about the future. This doesn’t change as children grow into teenagers but this age can be very challenging for parents.'

Dr Miriam Stppard

Dr. Miriam Stoppard shares her views on our new research

'Many teenagers naturally want to test the boundaries as they grow up, but as The Children’s Society’s new research highlights, teenagers need carefully managed care and support. Because teenagers are often seen as more resilient than younger children, issues such as low well-being can go easily hidden.'

teenagers need carefully managed care and support

'I welcome The Children’s Society’s work to highlight this debate and demonstrate that, just like younger children, teenagers need ongoing care to thrive physically and emotionally, get the most out of their education and keep themselves safe.

Keeping teenage children supported whilst also allowing growing independence is a tricky path to navigate. Showing teenage children warmth is crucial to making sure that they can flourish during this important and exciting period of change.’  Dr. Miriam Stoppard.


Read more about our Troubled Teens Report

Read more about our Understanding Adolescent Neglect: Troubled Teens Report


We offer a number of services to help teenagers and their families.

If you have any concerns about a child or teenager, there are also some useful helplines you can call:


  • Police: 999 - If a child is in immediate danger, contact the police by dialling 999. You don’t need to wait 24 hours if a child goes missing.
  • NSPCC Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 - For counselling, information and advice for parents or care-givers who need support and for anyone who has concerns about a child.
  • ParentPlus Helpline: 0808 800 2222 - For help and information for parents, carers and families.
  • Young Minds: 0808 802 5544 - For concerns about emotional, mental health or behavioural problems of a child

Children and teenagers:

  • Childline: 0800 1111 - For children and young people to talk about any problem affecting them.


By Matt Summers-Sparks - Digital team

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