Who We Help

Safe Families for Children offers volunteer support for families with young children, usually with at least one child under the age of 10 in the household. Respite stays with our ‘Host Homes’ are offered to children aged 10 and under, except in instances of sibling groups when older children may be cared for together with their younger brothers or sisters.

The only restrictions to the type of family difficulties for which Safe Families may be able to help is that our volunteers are generalists rather than specialists, and as such ought not assume the role of professionals in handling complex disabilities or behavioural issues. Due consideration is given to any risks to the child or other family members or to volunteers.

Care is taken to make an appropriate match of the child and family’s needs with volunteers able to provide the support required.

Support can be beneficial in cases where:

  • There is a short to medium-term crisis or need that is affecting or likely to affect the wellbeing of the children.
  • Either respite for the child or support to the parent/carer is beneficial to enable sustained healthy parenting. Respite can be stays with a host family or day time support, both one-off and recurring.
  • The parents/carers are choosing to become involved with Safe Families under no pressure or coercion.
  • The request for support is manageable by available volunteers.
‘The social worker burst into tears when she came in.’ One of our Host Homes talks about two young boys that were hosted and what the outcome for them was.


Safe Families accepts referrals from partnering local authorities in the North West, the Midlands, the North East, the South and South West, Wales and Scotland.