What we do

Together with our member organisations, we work to ensure that all parents and caregivers are valued and supported to raise Scotland’s children.

We work in the following areas:

Legislation, policy and practice

We want to make sure that decisions made by national and local governments meet the needs of families. We spend time listening to parents and carers and working with them, our members and other stakeholders to understand their priorities.

We use the evidence we gather to influence decision makers where we can. This might be in our own campaign work or as a member of wider coalitions.

We respond to Scottish Government consultations, Scottish Parliament Committee calls for evidence, and other consultation opportunities. We sit on national advisory and steering groups. We write letters, briefings and campaign materials.

More on our policy priorities and influencing activity >

Practitioner support and learning

Practitioners working with families have a vital role to play in ensuring that families receive the support they need in the ways that work for them. We want to support professionals to develop their own practice, learning from others in Scotland, the UK and internationally.

We do this by provide access to practitioner resources on our website, sharing good practice through our newsletter and by running themed webinars and events. We also develop our own test of change projects, often in partnership with others. Through our projects we gather our own evidence of what works for families and support others to build on this learning.

More on our work with practitioners >

Involving parents and carers

It is vital that all our work is informed by the views and experiences of all those in a parenting role. Gathering evidence from parents and carers is an important aspect of our work, and we particularly want to understand the needs and priorities of parents and carers whose experiences are seldom heard.

We’re also ambitious in our plans for how parents and carers can get involved in Parenting across Scotland. We want to develop our participation practice and develop new routes for those in a parenting role to share their views. By doing this they will help us make sure that Parenting across Scotland is focused on the right issues and doing the right things.

Keep an eye out on our news page for updates on this >