Parenting

These contacts provide a range of services for parents, such as accident prevention, breastfeeding support services and activities for you and your child.

Accident prevention and safety


British Red Cross Society (Scottish Region)
Provides a range of caring and first-aid services and courses.

Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT)
Offers help and advice to parents on the prevention of childhood accidents.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
Information and advice on the prevention of accidents of all kinds.

Home Safety Scotland
The Scottish organisation working to reduce deaths and injuries in the home.

St Andrew’s First Aid
Provides training in first aid and related subjects.
Tel: 0141 332 4031

RoadSafetyScotland
Provides advice and guidance for road users, with remit to develop and coordinate Scotland-wide road safety initiatives and campaigns.
Email: enquiries@roadsafetyscotland.org.uk
Tel: 0131 244 6133

Adoption


Scottish Adoption Association
Offers a comprehensive adoption service including advice and counselling to anyone affected by adoption.
Email: info@scottishadoption.org
Tel: 0131 553 5060

Behavioural difficulties


Hyperactive Children’s Support Group
Provides information and ideas to parents and professionals about nutritional/dietary therapies for hyperactive and allergic children.
Email: hacsg@hacsg.org.uk
Tel: 01243 539966 (2:30pm – 4:30pm Monday to Friday)

Breastfeeding


Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM)
Gives support and information to all women wishing to breastfeed, and offers counselling around the UK.
Tel: 0300 330 5453 (9:30am – 10:30pm daily)

The Breastfeeding Network (BfN)
Offers independent information and support about breastfeeding.
Email: enquiries@breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk
Tel: 0844 120 995  (Supporter helpline 9:30am – 9:30pm daily)
Tel: 0300 100 0212  (National breastfeeding helpline 9:30am – 9:30pm daily)

La Leche League (Great Britain)
Help and information for women wanting to breastfeed their babies and personal counselling to mothers having problems in breastfeeding.
Email: enquiries@laleche.org.uk
Tel: 0845 120 2918

National Childbirth Trust (NCT)
Help and information for women wanting to breastfeed their babies.
Email: enquiries@nct.org.uk
Tel: 0300 330 0700 (8:00am – midnight daily)

UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative
Works with health services to improve practice so that parents are enabled and supported to make informed choices about how they feed and care for their babies.
Email: bfi@unicef.org.uk
Tel: 020 7375 6052

Parent support


Bliss 
Provides education, resources and support for parents and carers of babies who are, or have been, in special care.
Email: scotland@bliss.org.uk
Tel: 07725 204167

Cry-sis
Self-help and support for families with excessively crying, sleepless and demanding children through a national helpline.
Email: info@cry-sis.org.uk
Tel: 08451 228 669 (9:00am – 10:00pm daily)

Fathers Network Scotland  
Connect with Scottish fathers for support, advice and friendship.
Email: info@fathersnetworkscotland.org.uk
Tel: 0131 5100 445

Families Need Fathers
Email: scotland@fnf.org.uk
Tel: 0300 0300 363 (6:00pm -10:00pm Monday to Friday)

Families Outside
An independent Scottish national charity which offers support and information to families affected by imprisonment.
Email: support@familiesoutside.org.uk
Tel: 0131 557 9800
Tel: 0500 83 93 83 (Freephone support and information helpline)

Gingerbread
Support, friendship, information, advice and practical help to one-parent families.
Tel: 0808 802 0925 (10:00am – 6:00pm Monday. 10:00 – 4:00pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. 10:00am – 1:00pm and 5:00pm – 7:00pm Wednesday)

Home-Start
Offers friendly, practical help and emotional support to families who may be experiencing stress (must have at least one child under five years old).
Email:  info@home-start.org.uk
Tel: 0800 068 6368

One Parent Families Scotland
The national voluntary organisation for lone parents offering family support services and a range of help and information.
Email: helpline@opfs.org.uk
Tel:0808 801 0323 (helpline) 

Play Scotland
Works to promote the importance of play for all children and young people, and campaigns to create increased play opportunities in the community.
Email: info@playscotland.org
Tel: 0131 440 9070

Play Talk Read
A website with a wealth of ideas, activities and materials to get you playing, talking and reading with your baby.

Tommy’s
Information and advice on having a healthy pregnancy to women and their partners. You can also order free books and leaflets from the website, including ‘The young woman’s guide to pregnancy’, which is aimed at women aged 16-19.
Email: info@tommys.org
Tel: 0800 01 47 800 (Pregnancy line information service 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday)

Twins and Multiple Births Association (TAMBA)
Aims to provide information and mutual support networks for families of twins, triplets and more, highlighting their unique needs to all involved in their care.
Email: asktwinline@tamba.org.uk
Tel: 0800 138 0509 (10:00am – 1:00pm and 7:00pm – 10:00pm daily)

Fatherhood Institute
A UK-wide information centre for fathers. The website has a special section for new dads.
Email: mail@fatherhoodinstitute.org
Tel: 0845 634 1328

ParentLine Scotland
Email: parentlinescotland@children1st.org.uk
Tel: 0800 028 2233 (Open seven days a week, 365 days a year)

Scottish Book Trust

Bookbug
A national programme that encourages parents to share and enjoy books with their children.
Email: info@scottishbooktrust.com
Tel: 0131 524 0160

Last Updated: 10 December 2015
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