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Youth offending – information for parents and carers

​We offer support and advice to parents and carers who are concerned about a young person's criminal or antisocial behaviour.

If your child (10–17) has been arrested or has been charged with an offence, please contact us. We'll talk to you about how we can help, and can meet you to discuss the services on offer.

Young people and the law

The Government provides information for young people and parents about the youth justice system:

Organisations that can help you

Local organisations

Cassell Centre, Forest Hill

Tel: 020 8291 3436
Counselling for people for all ages, including parents who need support or have relationship problems within their families.

Lewisham Contact a Family
Tel: 020 7635 6333
A well established project working with over 500 families within the borough who have a child or children with disabilities or additional needs.

National organisations

Tel: 0808 800 2222
National helpline providing support, information and guidance to parents and carers.

Tel: 020 7628 2128
Helps parents balance work and family life and supports parents' employment rights.

Young Minds

Tel: 020 7336 8445
Provides information to anyone with concerns about the mental or emotional wellbeing of a child or young person.

Women’s Aid

Tel: 0808 2000 247
Freephone 24-hour national domestic violence helpline run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge.
Email: helpline@womensaid.org.uk

Parent Support Group

Tel: 020 8469 0205
One-to-one and group support work with parents of adolescents.


Youth Offending Service