Lone Parents


Gingerbread is a charity which works nationally and locally, for and with single parent families, to improve their lives. They achieve change by championing their voices and needs and providing support services.

National Association of Child Contact Centres

NACCC is the supporting membership body for around 350 child contact centres and services located throughout England (including the Channel Isles), Wales and Northern Ireland. It is the largest in Europe. For details of centres in Scotland please visit Relationships Scotland.

Child contact centres and services are neutral places where children of separated families can enjoy contact with their non-resident parents and sometimes other family members, in a comfortable and safe environment. Over four thousand volunteers and staff work in these centres and over seventeen thousand children use them each year.

One Space for Single Parents

One Space is the parenting site for single parents.

It offers an online community for single parents with support from experienced parenting facilitators and brings together essential information, interactive learning games, multi-media content, links to other support organisations and news. The online groups also act as a support group, where people can gain information and support from others who have been through similar experiences - a lifeline to many who unexpectedly find themselves to be single parents.

Families Need Fathers

Families Need Fathers is a registered UK charity which provides information and support to parents, including unmarried parents, of either sex. FNF is chiefly concerned with the problems of maintaining a child's relationship with both parents during and after family breakdown. Founded in 1974, FNF helps thousands of parents every year.


SeparatedDads was formed to offer a unique reference point on being away from or separated from your children. It's hard to be a father separated from your children. You worry about them, you want to see them and be involved with their lives. But that's not always easy. There are all kinds of problems you have to deal with, legal, financial and emotional. It can be a very rough road.

SeparatedDads is a complete guide to dealing with life as a separated father. They show you how to deal with all the obstacles life can put in your way, what to do when you're in an emotional trough, how to negotiate with problems about custody and contact, and even how to introduce a new partner to your children.

SeparatedDads Website

Private Fostering

Advice for those parents who plan to leave their child(ren) with somebody other than a close family member when they deploy:

Private Fostering Website

Please see our separate page on Child Maintenance