Your personal circumstances

There might be a time when you need advice outside the realm of being a parent. Here you will find contacts to provide you with professional advice on many areas of your personal life.


Offers practical help to families with children at risk.
Tel: 0131 446 2300

National Domestic Violence Helpline
Tel: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)

Scottish Domestic Abuse helpline
Tel: 0800 027 1234 (24 hours)

ParentLine Scotland
Confidential helpline, email and web chat service for anyone caring for or concerned about a child.
Tel: 0800 028 2233 (Open seven days a week, 365 days a year)

Scottish Women’s Aid
Advice, support and refuge for women who have been abused mentally, physically or sexually (by their partner or ex-partner), and their children.
Tel: 0800 027 1234 (24 hours)


Smart Play Network
To support, deliver and promote the value and benefits of play projects and services, toy libraries and other services for children in Scotland.

Scottish Childminding Association
An association committed to meeting the needs of registered childminders and actively promoting childminding as
a quality childcare choice.
Tel: 01786 449063 (10:00am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday)

Scottish Preschool Play Association
An organisation for playgroups, mother-and-toddler groups and under-fives groups in Scotland.
Tel: 0141 221 4148

School Out of School Care Network
A Scottish charity supporting school-aged play, care and learning, which promotes, supports and develops good quality sustainable out-of-school care.
Tel: 0141 564 1284 (10:00am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday)

Care Inspectorate
A national organisation which regulates and inspects Scottish care services including childcare services.
Tel: 0845 600 9527

Loss and bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland 
Support service for people suffering bereavement.
Tel: 0845 600 2227

The Lullaby Trust
Personal support and information for parents who have lost a child through cot death.
Tel: 0808 802 6868 (helpline 10:00am – 6:00pm Monday to Friday, 6:00pm – 10:00pm weekends and Bank Holidays)

Scottish Cot Death Trust
Support and information for parents bereaved by sudden infant death. Puts parents in touch with local support groups or other bereaved parents.
Tel: 0141 357 3946

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS)
Information and a national network of support groups for bereaved parents.
Tel: 020 7436 5881 (9:30am – 5:30pm Monday to Friday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings)

The Compassionate Friends
Nationwide organisation of, and for, bereaved parents offering friendship and understanding to other bereaved parents.
Tel: 0845 123 2304 (helpline 10:00am – 4:00pm and 7:00pm – 10:00pm daily)

Information, advice  and supporting families through miscarriage, preterm birth and stillbirth.
Tel: 0800 01 47 800 (Pregnancy line information service 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday)



Relationships Scotland
Advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, consultations and support face-to-face, by phone and through their website.
Tel: 0845 119 2020 (9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday) 

The Spark (formerly Scottish Marriage Care)
Relationship counselling available across Scotland.
Tel: 0808 802 2088 (helpline 9:00am - 8:00pm Monday to Thursday, 9:00am - 5:00pm Friday)
Tel: 0845 271 2711 (appointments)

Scottish Mediation Network
Maintains the register for mediators in Scotland and promotes a wider understanding of the appropriate use of mediation and other related forms of conflict management and prevention.
Tel: 0131 556 1221

Scotland Patients Association
Provides patients with an opportunity to raise concerns about healthcare.
Tel: 0141 942 0376 (9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday) 

Last Updated: 08 September 2015
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