Parents and carers

We have information and advice for parents and carers including anyone with parental responsibility, children's relatives, friends and neighbours.

What is abuse?

Read the NSPCC's types of child abuse and how to spot the signs.

Read more about Child sexual exploitation in Hertfordshire.

Domestic violence and abuse

Take a look at Herts Sunflower if someone you know is being abused. It includes where to get help and how to stay safe.

Guidance for using a private tutor, tuition centre or after-school arts or sports class for your child


Bullying affects everyone at some point in their lives. It may be at school, college, in the workplace or even at home.

Parents, carers, teachers and other professionals have a duty to take action if they suspect or discover that a child is being bullied.

Bullying includes:

  • name calling
  • making things up to get someone else into trouble
  • hitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving
  • taking things away from from someone
  • damaging another persons belongings
  • stealing someone's money
  • taking someone friends away from them
  • cyberbullying
  • spreading rumours
  • threats and intimidation
  • making silent or abusive phone calls
  • bullies can also frighten the victim so that they don't want to go to school. The victim may pretend to be ill to avoid the bully.

Learn more at Bullying UK.

E-safety – advice for parents and carers

Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are.

If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe.

Childnet leaflet for parents

If you are bereaved

The death of a child is tragic and we don’t usually expect a child to die before their parents. Talking and thinking about a child’s death is a sensitive and painful subject.

The Lullaby Trust provides information and support for families and anyone affected by the death of a child. 


Child death review processes

Our 2 local leaflets for parents, families and carers help explain why the death of every child under the age of 18 needs to be reviewed by professionals from a number of different organisations:


Report a concern about an adult