Each family is different. They are made up of different people, with different needs, ideas and ways of behaving. This can make a family a special group, but can also mean that getting on well with each other is not always easy.
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Living in care
Living in care is when you live away from your parents, either with foster parents, other family members, in a care home, a residential school or secure accommodation.
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Young carers are young people who look after a member of their family who can’t care for themselves. People might need looking after because they are sick, have a disability, have mental health issues or are misusing drugs or alcohol.
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Stepfamilies come together when parents marry again or live with a new partner. It can also mean that children from different families end up living together for all or part of the time.
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Divorce and separation
Sometimes, people decide to split up, separate or divorce from one another - for many different reasons. It is not your fault and you shouldn't blame yourself.
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A forced marriage is when someone is made to marry another person who they don’t want to. Forced marriages can happen in secret and can also be planned by parents, family or religious leaders. It may involve physical abuse, sexual abuse or emotional abuse.
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Domestic violence is when a grown up threatens, bullies, or hurts another adult in the family. Sometimes it’s called domestic abuse. It can happen between parents, married couples, girlfriends and boyfriends, in gay or lesbian relationships, or after a couple has split up. Domestic violence can happen to anybody.
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Parents and alcohol
Lots of people drink alcohol, and in sensible amounts it's usually fine, but drinking to excess can cause lots of problems and lasting damage to your body. If a parent is drinking too much, this can affect you too.
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Mother's Day isn't always easy if you don’t get on with your Mum, or she’s not around for some reason. It can make the day a difficult time of year for some people.
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Father’s Day is a celebration of all dads and a chance to show your dad that you love and appreciate him. If you get on with your dad then it’s a great time to show him you care. It’s not always easy though if you don’t get on with your dad, or he’s not around for some reason - it can make Father’s Day a difficult time of year for some people.
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Parents in prison
Having a parent or carer in prison can be tough. It not only affects the person but it can affect the family too. Whatever you're going through, we're here to help.
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