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Advice and information for young single parents

Becoming a parent is exciting at any age. You will have lots of things to consider, including your finances. 

Here we set out some useful advice and information for young parents who are not living with their child’s other parent.


First of all, let’s look at your finances. If you’re under 18, we have an easy to use tool that helps you find out what support you may be entitled to. Other young parents can use this benefits checker.

If you’re still expecting your baby, we have advice for single parents to be.

It’s also important that you look into setting up a child maintenance arrangement with your child’s other parent.


Studying as a single parent is no mean feat, but many single mums and dads take on the challenge successfully. Visit our advice on returning to education.


There is lots of useful information to help you have a happy and healthy pregnancy in the workplace, and you can find out about your rights at work during and after pregnancy. Find out more here

Your future

Making decisions about your future isn’t always straightforward. At Gingerbread we run training and support programmes that give you one to one support for employment training and life skills, as well as the chance to meet other young parents in your local area. See our latest programme for young single parents in London.

Looking after yourself

There’s lots of help and support available for new parents, and it’s important to make sure that you’re looking after yourself and your own wellbeing.

The NHS website and Best Beginnings have some very useful advice and tools.

Read stories from other single mums and dads who have dealt with the ups and downs of single parenthood.

Share your experiences and get support from other single parents. Joining a Gingerbread friendship group or chatting to other single parents in the Gingerbread online forums can be really helpful and supportive.

Become a member of Gingerbread for full access to our forum and much more.

You may also want to check out the community at Little Lullaby, for young parents.

Lots of parents are talking and sharing stories on the Forum.

Become a member today for free so you can join the conversation too*.

*Please note that we do not currently have expert Advisers monitoring the forum, so if you have questions regarding financial or legal matters then please submit your question to one of our Ask an Adviser sessions, or call the helpline if it is more urgent.