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This page has links to organisations that support children and families in Scotland. You can also find information about:

Below you will find information on organisations that may be able to help you. Click on a link below to find the organisation you are looking for. You can click on an organisation's name to go to their website.

Organisations for children and young people

Barnardo's

Barnardo's are the UK's largest childcare charity, providing services to over 100,000 children, young people and families.

ChildLine

Childline offers children and young people aged 18 and under free, confidential advice and support 24 hours a day - no problem is too big or small.  Our trained voluteer counsellors can be contacted through our helpline.

Call: 0800 1111

Children 1st

Since 1884 CHILDREN 1st has been working to build a brighter future for Scotland's vulnerable children and families. At CHILDREN 1st we listen, we support and we take action by delivering services in homes and communities across Scotland. We work to safeguard children and young people, to support them within their families and to help them to recover from abuse, neglect and violence. We speak out for children's rights and we campaign to change attitudes.

Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland

Tam Baillie is Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People. He works to protect children and young people’s rights. He does this for everyone under 18, or up to 21 if they have ever been ‘looked after’ or in care. Rights are a list of promises to children and young people to keep them safe. They are used to make sure that children and young people are treated fairly and looked after properly. Please contact the Commissioner if:

  • you would like more information about rights;
  • you feel that your rights or the rights of someone you know are not being respected;
  • you would like advice, or to be directed to another service that could help you.

Scottish Child Law Centre

The Scottish Child Law Centre provides free legal advice and information on Scottish child law and children's rights. They also provide a range of information leaflets and training.

Call: 0131 667 6333 for advice, or

Freephone Under 21s: 0800 328 8970 if you are under 18.

Young Scot

Young Scot is the national youth information agency for Scotland, supporting young people aged 11-26.

Organisations for families

CALM Scotland

CALM (Comprehensive Accredited Lawyer Mediators) are solicitors who have combined many years of family law experience with intensive training in mediation skill. This combination of practical experience and legal knowledge together with a sympathetic approach makes lawyer mediators ideally equipped to deal with all issues which might arise.

Children in Scotland

Children in Scotland exists to identify and promote the best interests of children, young people and their families, and to enable them to contribute to the development of policies and services which are of the highest possible quality and are able to meet the needs of a diverse society. It does this with, through and for its members.

Couple Counselling Scotland

Couple Counselling Scotland is established for the public benefit to:

  • promote, develop and co-ordinate a confidential counselling service throughout Scotland for people in marriage and other intimate personal relationships
  • ensure the maintenance of high standards of practice and quality assurance of the couple counselling service as delivered by member organisations
  • provide and publish information and conduct research on aspects of marriage and family life
  • develop working relationships with persons and organisations concerned with marriage and family life

Equality Network

The Equality Network campaigns for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Scotland. It creates ways for people to contribute to making Scotland a place in which everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, can live free from hatred, prejudice and discrimination.

Call: 0131 467 6039

Families Need Fathers Scotland

Families Need Fathers Scotland provides information and support to anyone facing problems with contact, residence and other issues and promotes shared parenting and the involvement of both parents after seperation.  Self-help support groups meet monthly in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Stirling.

Family Mediation Scotland

Family mediation is a voluntary process which gives parents who are separating or living apart the opportunity to make their own arrangements for their children's future. Family Mediation Scotland (FMS) provides a network of family mediation services across mainland and island Scotland.

Grandparents Apart Self Help (GASH)

GASH support grandparents who have been denied contact with their grandchildren. They offer a friendly ear and advice from their own experiences.

National Kinship Care Service

The CHILDREN 1st National Kinship Care Service provides information, advice, support, training and outreach support for relatives and family friends who are bringing up someone else’s child. The Kinship Care helpline is available seven days a week and is provided by ParentLine Scotland.

Call: 08000 28 22 33.

One Parent Families Scotland

One Parent Families Scotland works on behalf of lone parents and their families. They provide a freephone helpline, free factsheets, local support services, single father's groups and flexible childcare services.

Freephone: 0808 801 0323

One Plus

One Plus is a dynamic independent organisation for one parent families. They work throughout west and central Scotland.

ParentLine

ParentLine Scotland is the national confidential email and helpline service for parents, kinship carers and  anyone with concerns about a child. The service is available 365 days a year.

Call: 08000 28 22 33

Parenting Across Scotland

Parenting across Scotland (PAS) is a partnership of charities working together to provide a focus for issues and concerns affecting parents and families in Scotland.  There is lots of useful information on our website for mums, dads, carers and professionals.

The Relationship Helpline

The Relationship Helpline is a free, confidential and accessible telephone based service offering support to people in Scotland who are experiencing relationship difficulties.  We offer a safe and supportive space where you can talk through your relationship concerns and be listened to by our experienced Helpline team.

Call: 0808 802 2088

Scottish Women's Aid

Scottish Women's Aid are the lead organisation in Scotland working towards the prevention of domestic abuse and are the umbrella organisation for their membership of Women’s Aid groups in Scotland. These members provide provide advice, information and support to victims of domestic abuse and their children.

The Spark

The Spark has over 45 years of experience in the specialist field of relationships. They offer relationship counselling and early intervention to people of all ages and stages in their relationships. Their services are for everyone without exception.

Legal advice

CALM Scotland

CALM (Comprehensive Accredited Lawyer Mediators) are solicitors who have combined many years of family law experience with intensive training in mediation skill. This combination of practical experience and legal knowledge together with a sympathetic approach makes lawyer mediators ideally equipped to deal with all issues which might arise.

Citizens Advice

You can get information about your rights on Citizens Advice Scotland's public information website http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/scotland.htm. Local Citizens Advice Bureaux can offer you advice on matters such as relationship breakdown, caring for children and options for resolving disputes. You can find details of your local office in the phone book or on Citizens Advice Scotand's website www.cas.org.uk.

Family Law Association

The Family Law Association website gives you access to solicitors throughout Scotland who are either accredited family law specialists, experienced in family law, or have an extensive interest in that field. The Association's website has a number of FAQs (frequently asked questions) that you may find helpful.

Law Society of Scotland

The Law Society of Scotland is the professional body for Scottish solicitors. A solicitor can provide you with independent legal advice. To find a solicitor in your area that can offer you family law advice, go to www.lawscot.org.uk

Scottish Child Law Centre

The Scottish Child Law Centre provides free legal advice and information on Scottish child law and children's rights. They also provide a range of information leaflets and training. Call 0131 667 6333 for advice, or freephone 0800 328 8970 if you are under 18.

Registration of births, marriages and civil partnerships

National Records of Scotland

The National Records of Scotland is responsible for the registration of births, marriages, civil partnerships, deaths, divorces, adoptions and parental orders.  It runs the Census and uses Census and other data to publish information about population and households.