Grandparents' Plus has launched an advice service for grandparents and other family members who are bringing up the child of a relation or a friend. The telephone line - 0300 123 7015 - is open 10am-3pm Monday-Friday; email: advice@grandparentsplus.org.uk.

Family Rights Group - the charity in England and Wales that advises, advocates and campaigns for families whose children are involved with, or require, social care services.

Separated Families - a national charity that works with everyone affected by family separation in order to bring about better outcomes for children.

Family Lives - a charity that provides support and advice to parents. There's a freephone helpline - 0808 800 2222.

Gingerbread- campaigns for single parents and their children, and operates a Single Parent Helpline: 0808 802 0925.

Family Rights Group - this charity advises parents (and other family members) whose children are involved with or require social care services. They run a confidential phone advice service for families: 0845 4349585

Contact a Family - for families with disabled children. They provide a vast range of factsheets, e-bulletins, a special "dads area" on their website, and a freephone helpline: 0808 808 3555.