Getting support with domestic abuse, substance or alcohol misuse and mental health

Some parents need support with a variety of needs that are preventing them from being the best parent or carer that they could be.  If you are experiencing issues around domestic abuse, substance or alcohol misuse, or mental health, there are a number of different support services available in Redbridge to assist you.  It is important that you seek support as these issues affect the whole family and most importantly, can impact on the safeguarding of children and young people.  Research shows that the environment in which a child lives is crucial to his or her health, safety and well-being.

Domestic Abuse

Redbridge Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)

The Redbridge VAWG, delivered by Refuge, is an integrated support service for women and girls affected by gender-based domestic violence and also men experiencing abuse within intimate or family relationships. Refuge is the country’s largest provider of specialist support for women and children experiencing domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse including sexual violence, FGM, stalking and harassment. Our services change lives and save lives.  The Redbridge VAWG service is confidential and non-judgmental.  Call 0800 169 7759 for further information and support.

Refuge also offer support to children and young people affected by domestic violence or abuse in teenage relationships.

Linda Hooper, Children’s Outreach Support Worker

Tel:  Refuge Office:  0800 169 7759          Mobile:  07464480228

Nahima Begum, Young People’s Advocate

Tel:  Refuge Office:  0800 169 7759          Mobile:  07464480227

For more information on domestic abuse, visit Redbridge Families Information Direct (FiND).

 Substance and Alcohol Misuse

R3 – Redbridge Recovery and Reintegration R3 is a one stop service which provides advice, treatment and support to people whose lives are affected by drug or alcohol use.  East London NHS Foundation Trust provides this service in partnership with Blenheim CDP, a London based voluntary sector organisation and Redbridge Outreach Service, an established local provider delivering services in Redbridge since 2011. This is a one stop service irrespective of the type of substance(s) used by the individual.  R3 is an integrated service with a range of expertise available in one place.  The service is non-judgemental and will support those people wanting to make changes in their life in relation to substance misuse.

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy puts the unborn child at risk of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) which includes serious mental and physical problems that can affect the baby throughout their whole life.  FAS is completely avoidable if you don’t drink alcohol during pregnancy.  Experts are still unsure exactly how much alcohol is safe for you to have while pregnant, which is why not drinking at all is the safest approach.  If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, do refer to the guidance on NHS Choices about the risks of FAS.  Support and guidance can also be accessed from your GP and via the websites below:

  • NOFAS-UK – national organisation dedicated to supporting people affected by FAS.
  • FASD Trust – national charity supporting families affected by FAS.
  • Drinkaware – independent charity working to raise awareness of the effects of alcohol abuse.
  • Children’s Commissioner booklet – You are not on your own – support to enable children, young people and parents talk about parental drinking

Mental Health

If you have mental health concerns, in the first instance, contact your GP.  They can offer advice or refer you to a specialist service in Redbridge.  You can also contact the Access, Assessment and Brief Intervention Service on 0300 555 1088 for enquiries about services available. The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, known as Talking Therapies,  provides free psychological treatment for people with mild to moderate anxiety and depression who have a GP in Redbridge. You can refer yourself to the service by calling 0300 555 1220 or you can complete an online form by visiting the IAPT portal. For more information, visit NELFT or  Redbridge MyLife. For additional information on parenting through difficult times, including the issues above, visit Redbridge Families Information Direct (FiND).