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Pause Durham - helping women who have had multiple children removed from their care

We work with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeated pregnancies that result in children needing to be removed from their care.

We aim to give women the opportunity to pause and take control of their lives, breaking a destructive cycle that causes both them and their children deep trauma. To make sure that the women are able to take a break from pregnancy, we ask them to choose from the most effective forms of reversible contraception.

Our vision is of a society where women who experience the removal of children into care are given the best possible support, so that it never happens more than once.


To be eligible, the woman must be at risk of further pregnancy and removal, and:

  • has had two or more children removed (one child if young person (under 23) or care experienced)
  • last pregnancy was within five years
  • last child removed was within five years
  • not currently pregnant
  • does not have children in her care
  • lives in County Durham
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  • Pause
Contact us
Pause Durham
03000 267 267
Our address is:
  • 129 Front Street
  • Chester-le-Street
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH3 3BL
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