Help and advice for parents and carers

Being a parent or carer is one of the hardest jobs any of us will ever do. And from time to time, we all need a little help, whether the problem is big or small.

Sometimes, all you need is someone to talk to - and importantly, someone who'll listen.

Help and advice

ParentLine Scotland, the national, confidential helpline for anyone caring for or concerned about a child, is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 9pm, on 08000 28 22 33. Our trained call-takers can offer advice and support and signpost you to another organisation if you need information on a specific issue.

Kinship carers

There's also a dedicated helpline for kinship carers (08000 28 22 33) with help, advice and support available for anyone raising a child who can no longer stay with their parents. 

Parenting across Scotland

Family life is full of ups and downs and decisions to make. But there is a lot of good, support and information available. Our partners, Parenting across Scotland, have free information on a range of topics for mothers, fathers and carers.

Advice on specific topics
  • Family relationships

    Advice on managing family relationships, conflict and changes - including divorce and separation

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  • Parents and teenagers

    Being the parent of a teenager isn’t always easy, but then, neither is being a teenager

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  • Bullying

    Help to spot the signs of bullying and have the confidence to raise the issue

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  • Understanding self harm

    Advice on responding to children and young people who self harm

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  • Abuse and neglect

    How to spot the signs of abuse and neglect - and where to get help

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