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Looked after children

Looked after children are children who are cared for by their local council. By law, we must look after children who cannot live with their families. This can be for a number of reasons. However, this is generally due to a voluntary agreement by the…

My Wellbeing Plan

Welcome to Waltham Forest's health and wellbeing planner. My Wellbeing Plan is an easy to use online tool which allows you to create a plan of action to boost your family's wellbeing and make positive changes. Your plans can be as long or short as…

Parenting and family support

There may be times when parents and families need extra support to deal with the challenges of family life.   The Early Help service deals with problems that may arise at the earliest opportunity to prevent them getting worse. Support is also available to parents and…

Parenting support

Although being a parent can be very rewarding, there may be times when you need some extra support. Support is available to parents and carers in Waltham Forest through local parenting programmes and services. View all parenting courses and support services

Photo exhibition of local mums and infants for Breastfeeding Week

National Breastfeeding week (1 to 7 August 2018) is to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding, explain what support is available and highlight the links between good nutrition and breastfeeding. To launch the week, our infant feeding team worked with creative students from George…

Planning for future childcare demand

Help us plan the type of childcare places we will need in the future and where in the borough they should be. Background As more families choose to live in Waltham Forest’s the demand for childcare places is growing.We know that having access to good…

Pregnancy and early years

As soon as you think you’re pregnant, make an appointment to see your GP or midwife to find out about antenatal (pregnancy) care in Waltham Forest. NHS Choices has information on pregnancy, the different stages and the support you can expect. We run a Family Nurse Partnership programme to support…

Preparing for Adulthood for 19 to 25 years

Preparing for Adulthood is an exciting time for young people and it’s a time when you will make a decision about what you are going to do in the future and where you are going to live. Most young people go on to live independently…

Private fostering

Private fostering is when a child under 16 (18 if they are disabled) is in the care of someone other than their parents or close relative. Parents and carers must notify the council when agreeing on private fostering. Professionals working with children have a duty…
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