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Organisations for Families

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.

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 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 multi-agency partnership funded by the Scottish Executive to provide a focus for issues and concerns affecting parents in Scotland. PAS focuses on researching the issues and concerns of parents; sharing good practice and information on supportive services and encouraging collaborative working; providing information to families and representing the views of parents to policy makers.

Scottish Marriage Care

Scottish Marriage Care has 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.

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 (SWA) provide advice, information and support to victims of domestic abuse and their children.