Health and Wellbeing in Your Family

Information to help you find out about a range of services for health and wellbeing, including getting support for specific issues


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Vale Parenting Service

Vale Parenting Service

We support families with children between 0-18 across the Vale of Glamorgan in order to build on strengths and make positive changes, enabling parents to feel more confident in managing; behaviour, routines and boundaries. The service also benefits from specialist midwifery support from an under 19's midwife, in order to provide targeted support which both complement and enhance the Parenting Service.


We deliver parenting programmes in a small group setting, or offer a 1:1 bespoke intervention in line with what the family see as the focus of support required.


 Parenting Programmes


Please contact the Families First Advice Line:


  • 0800 0327 322



Parenting.Give it Time.

Parenting. Give it time.

This website has been developed by the Welsh Government with the help of a range of organisations and professionals. Every child and every parent is  unique. Parenting. Give it time. gives parents ideas so they can make decisions about what can work for their child and family. It aims to help parents to build a positive, healthy relationship with their children.


Understanding more about your child’s development may help you understand your child and their behaviour better. 

Parenting. Give it time      

Vale Families First Advice Line

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The Families First Advice Line is a first point of contact telephone service aimed at families with children 0 - 18 years of age who live in the Vale of Glamorgan.


The Advice Line offers a personal service aimed at listening and assessing the needs of each family. The Advice Line provides advice to the family that will enable them to resolve their concern independently, or will assist the family in identifying services and will support the family to be referred to them.


Families First Advice Line is open Weekdays:

9:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm – 4:30pm

  • 0800 0327 322

  Families First Advice Line


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Most families have times that are difficult to manage. Welsh Government’s Parenting. Give it Time. Campaign has some ideas for dealing with some common parenting concerns. Every child is unique, but these tips may help.

Tricky Moments & Common Behaviours


NSPCC have developed a guide sharing practical advice and tips for positive parenting techniques that work well for children – from babies to teenagers.

NSPCC Positive parenting - Need-to-know: how to set boundaries and build positive relationships



Additional Needs Support:

Vale Family Information Service is responsible for The Index for Children and Young People with Disabilities or Additional Needs. The Index is funded by Families First and aims to provide information to families and professionals across Cardiff and the Vale about the services and support available for children and young people with disabilities or additional needs.

Children with Additional Needs


Young Carers

A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.


Under the Social Services and Well-being Wales Act (2014), Young Carers have a right to an assessment of their own needs as a carer.


There are an estimated 700,000 young carers in the UK and a recent survey in the Vale of Glamorgan indicated that 1 in 12 (8%) of pupils in primary or secondary school could be young carers. 


For more information on support for Young Carers in the Vale, including information on Young Carer’s Assessments in the Vale please visit our Carers Services pages:

Young Carers

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

Mental Health / Emotional Wellbeing

Sarah Stewart-Brown, professor of public health at the University of Warwick and a wellbeing expert, says:


"Feeling happy is a part of mental wellbeing. But it’s far from the whole. 

Feelings of contentment, enjoyment, confidence and engagement with the world are all a part of mental wellbeing.  Self-esteem and self-confidence are, too.

So is a feeling that you can do the things you want to do. And so are good relationships, which bring joy to you and those around you.

Of course, good mental wellbeing does not mean that you never experience feelings or situations that you find difficult,

But it does mean that you feel you have the resilience to cope when times are tougher than usual."

The NHS suggests that there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing:

Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing - NHS


There are a series of mental wellbeing podcasts and audio guides you can listen to in your own time, in private, to help you through times when your mood is low or you're feeling anxious.

NHS Moodzone Mental Wellbeing Audio Guides

Mental wellbeing describes your mental state - how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life.

Mind offer information and support for everyday living:

How to improve your mental wellbeing - Mind


YoungMinds work to prevent mental illness from developing and to improve early intervention and care for young people living with a mental health difficulty.

Looking after yourself – YoungMinds


Relate has specific information pages for Parenting Teenagers, this includes practical advice on ways to deal with common teen issues:

Relate – Parenting Teenagers Mental Health


Reading Well helps you to understand and manage your mental health and wellbeing using helpful reading available from public libraries. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and people with mental health needs.


Reading Well

Physical Health

Physical Health

Vale Sports and Play Development Team aim to increase the number of people taking parts in sports and play opportunities across the Vale to increase their health and wellbeing.

Sports and Play

When children are a healthy weight, they feel better about themselves. They find it easier to play and learn. And they’re more likely to grow up healthy too.  That’s why making sure they’re a healthy weight right from the start is one of the best things you can do to set them up for life.


Every child in Wales has the right to the very best start in life and to help them along the way, Public Health Wales has launched Every Child Wales.


The website is full of ideas to help you give your child a healthy and happy future.

Every Child Wales


Change 4 Life provides fun ideas to help your kids and your family stay healthy, the site includes information on food facts, recipes and activities

NHS Change4Life


Healthier Lunchboxes

Get loads of easy-to-prepare ideas as well as tips of what else to put in their lunchboxes from Change 4 Life

Change 4 Life


Free Health and Wellbeing Check

The 'Add to your life' health and wellbeing check is a free service in Wales which checks your physical health, including your food and alcohol consumption, exercise and BMI, and your mental health and wellbeing. It also provides lots of tips and information from health experts to help make you feel better. You can do the assessment on line and it only takes a few minutes:

'Add to your life' health and wellbeing check



Sexual Health and Relationships


NHS Direct Wales offer a range of information pages relating to Sexual Health:

NHS Sexual Health


If you are a parent / carer, Family Planning Association has a wealth of tips and advice to give you the confidence and knowledge to talk to your children whatever their age:

FPA – Talking to your children about growing up, relationships, sex (and everything else that goes with it)


Vale Youth Service’s C-Card Scheme aim to bring about a reduction in sexually transmitted infections, increase sexual health information, reduce pregnancy rates for young people ages 14 – 15 years and allows them to access contraceptive advice in their leisure time:

C-Card Scheme


Relate has specific information pages for Parenting Teenagers, this includes practical advice on ways to deal with common teen issues:

Relate – Sex and Relationships



Sexual and Gender Identity

Sexual and Gender Identity

Childline offer a range of information and advice around feelings, including sexual orientation, relationships and gender identity.

Childline – Sexual and Gender Identity


Relate has specific information pages for Parenting Teenagers, this includes practical advice on ways to deal with common teen issues including everything from sexuality to break ups:

Relate – Sex and Relationships


Young Stonewall aims to let all young lesbian, gay, bi and trans people – as well as those questioning – know they’re not alone. The website provides specific advice on ‘coming out’:

Young Stonewall - Coming out as LGBT


Drugs and Alcohol

Drugs and Alcohol

Lots of families in the UK are living with a loved one who is using or trying to come off drugs or alcohol.


If you are a parent/carer concerned about your child’s use of drugs or alcohol, Young Minds can offer advice and information on where you can get help.

Parents Guide to Support – Drugs and Alcohol


Adfam is the national charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs or alcohol.

Understanding the issues - Adfam


Talk to Frank provides friendly, confidential drugs advice:

Talk to Frank – Worried about a child?


Footsteps to Recovery through care, aftercare and recovery community support programme for substance misuse in Cardiff and the Vale

Footsteps to recovery


Switched On team run basic awareness sessions around different drugs and alcohol for FREE!

 Switched On

You can call to enquire about more on: 


Contact Us:

  • 01446 704704
  • Vale Family Information Service
  • @ValeFIS