Note: Many single parents find it difficult to find work that fits with family life and pays enough to meet the costs of childcare and transport. That sort of juggling makes it difficult to get qualifications too. If you’re out of work for a while, it can be hard to get back into it again. You can find out more about work, training and education from our Advice and Information Service.

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You’ll find lots of useful information about health and wellbeing here. If you need advice on issues such as welfare benefits, separation or child maintenance contact our Lone Parent Helpline or chat to us online.

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