Family life is full of ups and downs

Parents and families in Scotland mostly do a fantastic job but everyone struggles at times. This website brings together the best free support and information.

Parenting across Scotland is a partnership of charities -read about us.

We've gathered together the organisations that can help, plus good websites and leaflets for parents and families in Scotland.

Recently added resources for parents, families and carers:

Children and teenagers' online safety

Free nursery places for two year olds

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Need someone to talk to? Phone one of our partners' helplines…

All advice is free and confidential.

ParentLine Scotland: 0800 028 2233

For any parent or carer who needs information, support or guidance, or simply someone to talk to.

Lone Parent Helpline: 0808 801 0323

For any single parent needing advice, including benefit calculations and help finding childcare.

Advice Service Capability Scotland: 0131 313 5510 or textphone 0131 346 2529

If you or your child has a disability, call Capability Scotland for advice and information.

The Relationship Helpline: 0808 802 2088

Support with all issues that affect your relationships.

Enquire: 0845 123 2303

Practical advice and information about education and additional support for learning in Scotland.

Families Outside: 0500 839 383

Support and information for prisoners' families.

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To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we're asking parents and carers to make a video 'selfie' sharing what they love about being a parent. 

We'll be putting all the videos together in a short film to be shown at our 10th anniversary event at the Scottish Parliament on 4 December.

Find out more here, including how to submit your video and our prize draw

One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) are conducting a survey to collect the views and experiences of single parents around the issues of stigma, discrimination and stereotyping. If you are a single parent please complete the survey, all reponses will be anonymous.


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