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Advice for families

Are you a parent/carer who needs help with: 

• Your child’s behaviour? 

• A problem related to domestic violence or substance misuse?

Anyone can ring First Response if they are concerned about a child or young person or if they think they need support. 


First Response can help in different ways including:

• Providing information, advice and guidance about services to help families.
• Making a referral to the Early Help team who can provide support to children, young people and families.
• Making a referral to a social work team.
Please download the leaflet at the bottom of this page for more information.
Do you sometimes wonder how to talk to your children about alcohol? Public Health Bristol has added a new section to the 4YP for Parents website to support you with this.  It gives you information and advice and provides activities that you can share with your children. You can find it all at

In fact, most teenagers don’t drink alcohol and those who do usually don’t drink it very often, but a new report shows that some teenagers in Bristol drink more than their peers in other parts of England. This can cause problems for their health both now and in the future.

As a parent or carer you are in the best position to help your child stay healthy and safe. Research has shown that it is important for parents to have conversations with their children about the enjoyable side and risky side of drinking alcohol and that this can help children to stay safe. Ideally these conversations should begin before they start drinking, but it’s never too late, and you can still talk to them, even if they are drinking already.

Once you have visited the website and read all the information about alcohol and teenagers please click on the section called ‘Was this useful?’ to tell us what you think.

You may also find some of the other 4YP pages for parents helpful. You can find them at:


  1. Children's Services Leaflet

If a parent requires a paper copy of the information on the school's website, please contact us and this will be provided free of charge