Help for Families

opfs logoOne Parent Families Scotland

13 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3NX

Tel freephone: 0808 801 0323

OPFS can provide advice and support to single-parent families in areas such as fuel poverty, work, education, separation & divorce as well as providing information packs and publications for individuals and for groups.  They operate a free helpline to advise and signpost services to single parents, as well as operating some services directly through groups and local authorities.

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Helpline: 0808 8020925

The Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline provides support and expert advice on anything from dealing with a break-up, to going back to work or sorting out maintenance, benefit or tax credit issues.  The helpline team are trained to advise the parent with the main or equal care of the child. They can also support those who may become a single parent and those ringing on behalf of a single parent.  They can provide advice on child maintenance, contact, employment, education, welfare benefits and tax credits, housing, and debt.  They also have a wealth of information and advice on their website.

CYPCS-roundel-redChildren’s and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland

Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5EZ

Tel: 0800 019 1179

The CYPC is a statutory post created by the Scottish Government in 2004 to help safeguard the rights of children and young people.  Their job is to help children and young people understand their rights and make sure those rights are respected.

Glasgow City Council – Education ServicesGCCLogo

City Chambers, George Square, G2 1DU

Tel: 0141 287 2000

Glasgow City Council is the education authority for state schools in Glasgow.  GCC operate nursery, primary, secondary and ASL schools across Glasgow South West and the city.  GCC can advise on placing requests, placements in ASL schools, school transport, nursery provision, EMA, clothing grants and free school meals, and much more.


barnardos logoBarnardos

111 Oxgangs Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1ED

Tel: 0131 446 7000

Barnardo’s Scotland has been working in Scotland for more than a century. Our purpose is to reach out to the most disadvantaged children, young people, families and communities to help ensure that every child has the best possible start in life. We aim to make sure that every young person is able to reach their full potential, whatever their circumstances in life.

Today we run more than 122 community-based services across Scotland including:

  • leaving care services which help young people to bridge the gap between being in care and living in the adult world
  • parental support services to provide assistance in the crucial early years of a child’s life
  • services which work to support children and young people who have been or are at risk of being sexually exploited
  • support services for families affected by the imprisonment of a parent.

Our vision is to realise Thomas Barnardo’s dream of a world where no child is turned away from the help that they need. We believe in the abused, the vulnerable, the forgotten and the neglected. We will support them, stand up for them and bring out the best in each and every child. As one of the leading children’s charities this is our pledge.

children1stChildren 1st

83 Whitehouse Loan, Edinburgh, EH9 1AT

Tel: 0131 446 2300

We began in 1884 and for many years were known as the RSSPCC (Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children). We became Children 1st in 1995. We did this to say that children are at the heart of everything we do. And that not only do we want to prevent harm – we also want to ensure every child gets the love and nurture they deserve.

We help Scotland’s families to put children first, with practical advice and with support in difficult times. And when the worst happens, we support survivors of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events in childhood, to recover.


relationshipscotlandRelationships Scotland

18 York Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EP

Tel (infoline): 0845 119 2020

Relationships Scotland’s network provide relationship counselling, family mediation, child contact centres and other family support services across all of mainland and island Scotland. Our work supports individuals, couples and families experiencing relationship difficulties. Around 20,000 people have contact with our services each year.

The National Office of Relationships Scotland supports the network of 22 counselling and mediation member services, and 45 child contact centres. We provide training, development and quality assurance of our practitioners and services. We are a national voice for relationship services and we influence political and legislative policy development in the area of family support.

We wholeheartedly support the principle of equal opportunities and oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, culture, religion or belief, age, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital / civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, disability, or socio-economic group

Relationships Scotland believes that behaviour that seeks to secure power and control, or instil fear for one person over another through violence, coercion, control and inequality is unacceptable. We support people to live with dignity and safety and to enjoy healthy relationships, and we respect the rights of all people, in all their diversity. We believe that people have the capacity to change their behaviour and how they relate to others. We take seriously our responsibility for ensuring safety for adults, children and young people.


scottish family logoScottish Family Information Service

Providing free, impartial information for families such as:

  • Childcare availability in your area including: nurseries, childminders, playgroups and out of school care
  • Early learning and childcare places for three and four year olds
  • How different types of childcare are organised and what to look for when choosing a service
  • Organisations offering support, information and guidance at local and national levels
  • Local activities, events and initiatives