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The Scottish Child Law Centre has no responsibility for the content of these sites.



Adoption and fostering



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Mental health

Parents and families

Pregnancy and sexual health

Special needs


Counselling and advocacy support service, including a national helpline, for people who have suffered childhood abuse in care and their families.
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood is a national organisation that has an info-line referring people to relevant help groups and support in their area. Scotland’s National Domestic Abuse & Forced Marriage Helpline, Tel. 0800 027 1234.  Helpline open 24/7 offering support and advice to anyone with experience of domestic abuse or forced marriage, as well as their family members, friends, colleagues and professionals who support them. (Abused Men in Scotland)

Provide information and support for men affected by domestic abuse, publish research and offer training for organisations and agencies.
Created by Women's Aid to help children and young people understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action.

Information and support for victims of rape

Survivor Scotland oversees the National Strategy for survivors of Childhood abuse 


Useful information on smoking and its effects, and help if you are trying to quit smoking

Support for those wanting to quit smoking

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Adoption and fostering

The Fostering Network Scotland is a membership organisation linking people across Scotland in local authority and independent foster care.
Adoption UK's supportive online community
The website of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering
Foster Care Associates Scotland

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Advocacy   Providing independent advocacy to children and young people with additional support needs or mental health issues across Greater Glasgow & Clyde, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh and the Lothians and Dundee.  Providing independent advocacy for children and young people.

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The Anti-Bullying Network gives information on what can be done about bullying  A call to stop bullying
Lots of information and links on what to do about bullying
Kidscape can advise you on any issue to do with bullying

Anti-bullying teaching resources to support those working to prevent violence amongst young people

Advice for teens, parents, teachers and health professionals on bullying, case studies and cyber safety

A great list of links to organisations offering advice and information on bullying and sexual harrassment

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Crisis Support
Childline provides a free confidential phone counselling service for any child with any problem 24 hours a day every day.   Children and young people can also visit the website where they can have a 1-2-1 chat with a counsellor, send an e-mail, post messages and get lots of advice and information on any issues.   The free help line is 0800 11 11
Rape Crisis offer a strictly confidential advice and counselling service, and will listen if you just want to talk to someone
The Samaritans provide confidential emotional support to anyone who is in crisis or distress.  Their help line is 08457 90 90 90
Winston's Wish helps bereaved children and young people rebuild their lives after a family death. they offer practical support and guidance to families, professionals and anyone concerned about a grieving child.

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Contact a Family provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children. Groups provide parents of disabled children with essential practical and emotional support. For the details of  local groups in Scotland call 0131 659 2930.

Child Action Poverty Group Factsheets available on Disabled Young People and Benefits for disabled children and their families - a checklist Firsthand Lothian offers support for lone parents, families, children and young people affected by disability

RNIB Scotland is the leading charity working with blind and partially sighted people in Scotland. Their website provides advice and guidance specifically aimed at blind and partially sighted young people, including choosing school subjects, planning for the future, starting college or university and moving into employment. Co-designed and peer reviewed by young people, it also offers information on leaving home, emotional support, leisure activities, technology and more.

The education law site of Govan Law Centre
Early Years Scotland works with professionals and families of children pre-birth to age 5.
Charity providing adventure play experiences for disabled children and young people, alongside sibling and whole family support. Locations across Scotland.

The Pupil Inclusion Network Scotland is a national network that supports professionals engaged in education, informal or formal learning, and support for learning, particularly those who work with Scotland’s most vulnerable and marginalised children and young people.  It provides online resources, examples of good practice, and policy updates, and facilitate a range of events and seminars. 

'Definitive Guide to Home Schooling' Information for parents considering schooling their children at home.


For a comprehensive guide to rights and responsibilities at work for employers and employees try the ACAS website

See also the information about youth employment and work experience in our Info Zone pages

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The Aberlour Trust provides a range of services for children and young people
Barnardo's offers a range of services for children and young people
bfriends volunteers provide friendship and support to children and young people who are experiencing difficulties at home, at school, or in the community
Citizens Advice Scotland provides advice and information on issues including debt, benefits, housing and employment
Children in Scotland is the national agency for voluntary, statutory and professional organisations and individuals working with children and their families in Scotland
The Children's Parliament is a national network of groups of children talking about issues that affect them
The website for Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People
The Young Scot website has information on lots of issues for young people
If you have been asked to be a witness in court, this website will help you. The website tells you about going to court and being a witness
UK resource for interesting features and practical advice on working with children
I CAN works to support the development of speech, language and communication skills in all children with a special focus on those who find this hard
Talking Point is your first stop on the internet for information about speech, language and communication difficulties in children
Search our network to be connected with a professional counsellor or psychotherapist. Counselling Directory lists full profiles, detailing the areas of counselling each counsellor offers, the fees they charge and background information as to the kind of person they are. Each individual searching for a counsellor has different needs and will look for different qualities, but the more information available, the more choice those in distress will have.

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Making sense of the law - Legal terms explained to make court proceedings, legal documents and agreements easier to understand

Scottish Legal Aid Board - Help with finding a solicitor and legal aid enquiries T. 0131 226 7601
The Association of Lawyers for Children is a membership organisation, including lawyers involved in work relating to children, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, paediatricians and guardians, and organisations seeking to promote the interests of children and young people within the legal system

Clan Childlaw -  T. 0333 200 2436 Lawyers for children and young people, free independent legal advice and representation for children up to 18 or 21 if looked after. Representation at Children's Hearings and court in relation to family and child law. Also offer an outreach service when meeting with children and young people. 

Govan Law Centre's general site -

Dunlop Allen & Co Solicitors - family law, child law and children's hearing work T. 0141 552 1726  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hutchesons, Family law Solicitors, East Kilbride, T. 01355 224545  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The website of the Law Society of Scotland -

Lisa Vaughan, Solicitor, McKinnon Forbes This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it T. 01875611211 East Lothian. Lisa specialises in all family and child related matters.
The website of the Family Law Association of Scotland which is the organisation for lawyers specialising in Family Law - information on family law and how to find a lawyer specialising in family law near you.
The website for Lindsays WS who provide legal advice on all aspects of law, including family law

MBS Solicitors 150-152 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2NT T.0131 337 4100
Mowat Hall Dick's Family Team have several accredited specialists (by theLaw Society in Scotland) in Family Law and accreditated mediators.
The Children's Legal Centre is providing legal advice and representation to children, their carers and professionals throughout the UK
Provides representation mainly for children in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Margaret Carlin, Criggies Solcitors (Lanark), specialist in child law and representing children. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it T. 07769208232

Karen Nicol, Shoosmiths Solicitors This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it T. 01312708016 Experienced in adoption/permanence/child protection/child welfare hearings, children's hearings

Thorley Stephenson T. 0131 5569599. Child Law Solicitors based in Edinburgh area but can also act in cases elsewhere in Scotland. Work on behalf of clients in relation to permanence, adoption, children's hearings, contact, residence, Hague Convention cases etc.

Scottish Sentencing Council  The Council provides a comprehensive and accessible resource on sentencing, including how a judge decides a sentence and what sentences are available in Scotland.

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Mental Health
Lots of information from the Mental Health Foundation from rights and research to publications and discussion
Penumbra works in the field of mental health and provide support services for young people and adults.  They also campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues and reduce the social stigma attached to them
HandsOnScotland is an online resource for anybody working with or caring for children and young people. The website provides practical information and techniques on how to respond helpfully to children and young people's troubling behaviour and offers advice and activities on how to help them flourish.
Leading charity committed to improving the emotional well being and mental health of children and young people. Driven by the experiences of children, young people, parents and carers. The telephone helpline for parents and carers is 0808 802 5544

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Parents and Families
The website of Relationships Scotland Parenting Apart helps parents cope with problems after separation, and the service is available across Scotland.
A website with general information for fathers
Information and advice for single parents
Information, counselling and resources from One Parent Families Scotland for lone parents Parentline - free, confidential help line for anyone looking after a child
Information and support for families affected by imprisonment
Parenting Across Scotland is a partnership of adult relationship and children's charities working together to provide a focus for issues and concerns affecting parents and families in Scotland.

The Spark Counselling provides couples, family and young peoples’ counselling and support services across Scotland. The Spark Counselling is focused on helping parents, families and young people work through issues of relationship/family breakdown.

Families Outside is an independent organisation working with families and friends of people in prison. We run a confidential Support & Information Helpline which is available to answer questions on any aspects of imprisonment. We are also able to provide emotional and practical support if anything needs to be discussed in confidence. Families Outside produces a range of factsheets which help to answer the questions families, friends or professionals may have in relation to arrest, trial, imprisonment and release proceedings.

Edinburgh City Council support for families. A range of services is avilable including counselling, parenting courses, family meetings, play and early years.

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Pregnancy and Sexual Health
The website of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service
Brook provides free and confidential sexual health advice and services specifically for people under 25

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Special Needs
Contact a Family is an advice and support service for parents whatever the medical condition of their child
Independent information, advice and mediation to families with young children and young people with educational needs

Parents of children on the Autistic Spectrum. Free telephone advice line, along with seminars across Scotland on troublesome areas such as toilet training and managing anger. Guidance to some families who are particularly struggling - allowing them to become empowered, understand the behaviour and create effective home life strategies.

Scottish Autism offer advice and support for people with autism across Scotland
The website of the Special Needs Information Point

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