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: 0345 123 2303

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

Families Outside: 0800 254 0088

Support and information for prisoners' families.

Year of the Dad 2016


In celebration of Year of the Dad 2016 we are highlighting the difference shared parental leave and dad friendly policies have made in Northern European countries. Read PAS project manager, Clare Simpson's blog about being a dad in Sweden.

Kinship carers and employment

PAS commissioned Scotinform to conduct research with kinship carers because of the significant work-related issues which affect kinship carers after they assume care of a child. Read the full report and findings here.

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