Engaging with Families

Supporting Schools to raise attainment and close the inequity gap

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Supporting Organisations

There are a number of organisations who can provide support for schools and parents who may be dealing with particular issues.

Aberlour is the largest, solely Scottish, children’s charity and aims to provide help to over 6000 of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families each year.

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BEMIS aims to represent and support the development of the ethnic minority voluntary sector across Scotland, and to support the diverse communities and individuals that this sector represents, especially those who are under- represented and disadvantaged.

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Capability Scotland campaigns with, and provides education, employment and care services for, disabled children and adults across Scotland.

The charity works with disabled people, their families and carers to provide a mix of services that meet their aspirations at all stages of their lives.

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CHILDREN 1ST, work with children, young people, their families, communities and other organisations to improve the lives of vulnerable children and young people in Scotland.

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Children in Scotland is the national agency for voluntary, statutory and professional organisations and individuals working with children and their families in Scotland.

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Children’s Parliament gives children the opportunity to voice their ideas, thoughts and feelings so that their concerns and opinions can be listened to and included in our social and political landscape. They do this by working directly with children through projects and consultations and secondly by educating and equipping adults with knowledge and skills in order that they can replicate Children’s Parliament’s approach in their own locations.

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Comann nam Pàrant (CnP), which means "Parents’ Organisation", consists of a network of around 30 local groups, representing the interests of parents whose children are educated through the medium of Gaelic at the various levels, from pre-school to secondary level.  

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Education Scotland provide a wide range of resources to support practitioners to develop strategies and ideas for engaging with parents

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ENABLE Scotland is charity founded by the parents of children who had learning disabilities in order to ensure that people who have learning disabilities have the same choices and opportunities in life as everyone else. They are a campaigning organisation and a service provider offering a wide range of person centred services.

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Enquire are the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning. They offer independent and impartial advice and information for parents, carers, practitioners, children and young people through their telephone helpline and online enquiry service.

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Families Outside is the only national charity in Scotland that works solely to support the families of people affected by imprisonment. They work to mitigate the effects of imprisonment on children and families and consequently to reduce the likelihood of reoffending through support and information for families and for the people who work with them. 

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Fathers Network Scotland work with a range of organisations to help them make their family services father-friendly and inclusive, they do this through practical services including training, events, peer support and research.   

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Good to know is a leaflet providing advice for parents with teenagers on bullying. The leaflet has information for parents to help them consider how to help and support their children to be confident and happy in their relationships with others. There is a further leaflet for parents with primary school children.

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A registered charity, Includem works in the community with young people who are excluded from more mainstream services. They offer intensive support services (ISS) to young people and are now recognised as a key partner in the delivery of ISS in some of the major cities in Scotland. 

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Kidscape are a UK charity established specifically to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse. Their website provides information, training and support for parents, professionals and young people.

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The National Parent Forum of Scotland has been set up to give Parent Councils and Parents an opportunity to discuss and raise educational issues of mutual interest or concerns at a national level. The Forum works in partnership with national and local government and other organisations involved in education and wellbeing issues to represent parents.

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One Parent Families Scotland aims to encourage and enable parents across Scotland to make the most of the opportunities available to them so they can flourish as happy, healthy and achieving families. One Parent Families Scotland provides help to all lone parent families; mums, dads, young parents and kinship carers.

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Parent Network Scotland can support parents and carers to develop their own ability to bring up confident, happy and co-operative children. They offer a wide range of courses for parents of pre-5 children, children at primary school and teenagers.

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Parenting Across Scotland is a partnership of charities which offers support to children and families through their information service and partners’ helplines. 

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 This national, confidential helpline provides advice and support to anyone caring for or concerned about a child.

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Parents Enquiry Scotland is a voluntary organisation which provides information and support for parents whose sons or daughters have come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. They offer a range of information leaflets and booklets in addition to helplines.

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Relationships Scotland’s network of affiliated local services provide relationship counselling, family mediation, child contact centres and other family support services across all of mainland and island Scotland. Its work supports individuals, couples and families experiencing relationship difficulties.

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Save the Children aim to end Child Poverty in Scotland through policy and campaign work. They are also the providers of the Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme which aims to support parents to improve their child’s learning and development at home. 

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SPTC provides help, information and support to parents and carers who want to be involved in their child's education.

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This site provides information for parents and carers on exams and the new curriculum. It also has links to past papers, study plans and exam timetables which can be helpful for parents when supporting children’s learning during exams.

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The Spark provides relationship support for families in Scotland including counseling for couples, individuals and families. They provide a Relationship Helpline and offer both online and telephone support. The Spark relationship services for children and young people help children and young people to better understand their emotions and develop positive relationship skills.

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WithScotland is a national resource supporting professionals working with children and adults at risk of harm and abuse.

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