Whilst we hope that our Family Breakups website has shown you that you are not alone in your experience of parental separation, we know how important it is to get help from professional organisations as well.
The following specialists are there for you, whether you just need someone to talk to, are looking for legal advice, or just want to read more information on dealing with separation or divorce in your home. To find someone who can help face-to-face in your local area, visit StepFinder. Alternatively, if you live in the Oxfordshire area, why not contact Oxfordshire Family Mediation's Children's Voice service and arrange to meet with a Support Worker?
For listening and support nationally:
ChildLine regularly talk to young people about their families – whether it’s dealing with parents splitting up or arguments with step-parents – they are there to listen whenever you need them. You can speak to a counsellor for free by calling 0800 1111 or through 1-2-1 chat. They also have message boards, forums and games!
The Hideout is a website for children and young people who are experiencing violence in their home. It’s there to help increase understanding about domestic violence and help you to take positive action if it’s happening to you.
For information on mediation and the courts nationally:
CAFCASS represents young people in family court cases, making sure their voices are heard and that decisions are taken in their best interests.
National Family Mediation can help you find a local mediation service near you. If your parents decide to mediate, this is where they can discuss the practical arrangements following their separation. Sometimes, this may involve you speaking with a mediator so that your views and feelings are heard.