Support Organisations

National support organisations

The following is a list of national support organisations who can help kinship carers. For more local organisations, please refer to the sub-pages of this section using the navigation.
Aberlour Trust
T: 01786 450335

A leading children’s charity providing a range of services, support and advice for vulnerable children, young people and families in Scotland.

Aberlour Child Care Trust, 36 Park Terrace, Stirling FK8 2JR

Action for Children Scotland
T: 0141 550 9010

They work to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential.

City Park, 368 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow G31 3AU

Action for Sick Children Scotland
T: 0131 553 6553

Promotes and campaigns for the highest possible standards of healthcare for all children and young people in our healthcare system which includes raising awareness of the health needs and rights of children and young people in and leaving care. They work to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential.

22 Laurie Street, Edinburgh, EH6 7AB

T: 0131 446 7000

Whatever the issue from drug misuse to disability; youth crime to mental health; sexual abuse to domestic violence; poverty to homelessness; Barnardo’s believes we can bring out the best in every child.

Please see website for more contact details.

Capability Scotland
T: 0131 337 9876

Scotland’s leading disability
organisation provides flexible services which support disabled people, their families and carers.

Capability Scotland, Head Office, Westerlea, 11 Ellersly Road, Edinburgh EH12 6HY

Carers Trust
T: 0300 123 2008

Information, advice, discussion and support for carers.

Skypark 3, Suite l-2, 14/18 Elliott Place, Glasgow G3 8EP

Carers UK Scotland
CarersLine: 0808 808 7777

Carers Scotland is the voice of carers. Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner.

Please see website for more contact details.

CHAS (Childrens Hospice Association Scotland)

Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) is a Scottish charity that provides the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

Canal Court, 42 Craiglockhart Avenue, Edinburgh EH14 1LT

Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland
T: 0141 552 3303

We work to get a better life for low-income families in Scotland through campaigning and lobbying, and ensure they get the correct information through our welfare rights work, information, training and advice line for advisers.

Unit 9 Ladywell, 94 Duke Street, Glasgow, G4 0UW

T: 0800 1111

Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online, send ChildLine an email or post on the message boards.

3rd Floor, Ruby House, 8 Ruby Place, Aberdeen AB10 1QZ

Children 1st

Charity supporting families under stress, protecting children from harm and neglect, helping children recover from abuse and promoting children’s rights.

Head office: 83 Whitehouse Loan, Edinburgh, EH9 1AT

Please refer to website for more details.

Children 1st Kinship Care
T: 0131 446 3983

The national training, outreach and helpline service which aims to improve children’s lives through supporting kinship carers. Sign up for our newsletter to find out more about support, policy and events.

Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland
Young Person's Freephone: 0800 0191179

Scotland’s Children’s Commissioner for Children and Young People is responsible for making sure that all children and young people in Scotland have their rights respected.

Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5EZ

Children in Scotland
T: 0131 313 2322

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

Level 1, Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5EZ

T: 0131 552 0305

Supporting families in Scotland

Provides holistic, community based support to marginalised children and families. They provide services throughout Edinburgh, West Lothian, Lanarkshire & Cornton Vale.

18 West Pilton Park, Edinburgh EH4 4EJ

Citizens Advice Bureau
T: 0131 550 1000

Helps people resolve their money, legal and other problems by providing information and advice.

Local CAB offices available on website.

Kinship Care Helpline: 0808 800 0006

Edinburgh Office: 1st Floor,
Spectrum House, 2 Powderhall Road, Edinburgh EH7 4GB

Cl@n Childlaw
T: 0131 475 2567

Deliver free legal advice & representation to children and young people all across Scotland, who would otherwise have found it very difficult or impossible to access the legal help that they require. Help Children & Young People up to the age of 18, or 21 if they have been Looked After Children.

Norton Park, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QY

CRIN – Child Rights International Network
T: 020 3752 5484

The Child Rights International Network (CRIN) is a network of child rights organisations that work to improve the lives of children.

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, London SE11 5RR

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland
National Phoneline: 0845 600 2227

A registered charity which offers support to people who have experienced the loss of someone close.

Riverview House, Friarton Road, Perth, PH2 8DF

T: 0131 313 8800 / 0345 123 2303

National independent advice and information service for parents who have a child with additional support for learning needs.

Level 1, Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5EZ

Families Outside
Freephone: 0500 83 93 83

Voicing the needs of families affected by imprisonment in Scotland.

13 Great King Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6QW

LGBT Youth Scotland
T: 0131 555 3940

LGBT Youth Scotland is a national youth organisation working towards the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in the life of Scotland. We provide a range of services and opportunities for young people, families and professionals.

Use these contact details to get in contact with a worker, make an appointment or find out more about our services.

Nurture Scotland
T: 01698 264200

We specialise in supporting Kinship Carers in all aspects of their valuable and often underestimated role in nurturing the future generation to realise and achieve their full potential.

55 Alexander Gibson Way, Motherwell, ML1 3FA

One Parent Families Scotland
Lone Parent Helpline: 0808 8010323

Information, links and resources for single parents in Scotland.

Headquarters: 13 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh EH1 3NX

Parentline Scotland
Call: 0800 028 2233

The free confidential helpline and email service for anyone caring for a child to contact about any problem, big or small. Factsheets offering helpful tips can be downloaded form our website on a range of issues. ParentLine Scotland provides support to kinship carers as part of the national Kinship Care service.

The helpline is available 7 days a week.

T: 01505 612224 / 616000

Provide the most diverse range of services in Scotland through more than 100 projects. Our highly trained, professional staff have the expertise and experience to support and care for:

  • Adults and children with a disability
  • Children and families
  • Young people
  • Young people with housing support needs
  • People with epilepsy
  • Carers

Quarriers Head Office, Quarriers Village, Bridge of Weir PA11 3SX

Relationships Scotland
T: 0845 119 2020

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

18 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EP

T: 08457 90 90 90

Provides confidential emotional support 24/7 to those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings.

PO Box 9090, Stirling FK8 2SA

Save the Children
T: 0131 527 8200

We are working flat out to ensure children get proper healthcare, food, education and protection. We’re saving lives in emergencies, campaigning for children’s rights, and improving their futures through long-term development work.

Save the Children Scotland,
Prospect House

2nd Floor, 5 Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DF

Scottish Child Law Centre
Freephone for under 18s: 0800 328 8970

Independent charity which promotes knowledge and use of Scots law and children’s rights for the benefit of children and young people in Scotland.

54 East Crosscauseway, Edinburgh EH8 9HD

Scottish Families Information Service

Your one-stop shop for family information in Scotland. Local and national information on childcare, pre-school education, support for parents and carers.

Shared Care Scotland
T: 01383 622462

Shared Care Scotland is a national charity that works to improve the quality, choice and availability of short break (respite care) provision across Scotland.

Unit 2, Dunfermline Business Centre, Izatt Avenue, Dunfermline, Fife KY11 3BZ

Shelter Scotland
Free helpline: 0808 800 4444

Shelter is a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing.

Shelter Scotland, 4th Floor, Scotiabank House, 6 South Charlotte Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AW

SFAD – Scottish Families Affected by Drugs and Alcohol
Freephone: 08080 101010

We understand the devastating effects drugs can have on families and are here to provide support and information to individual family members and family support groups.

226 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5R

Together – Scottish Alliance for Childrens Rights
T: 0131 337 9015

Together is an alliance of Scottish children’s charities that improves the awareness, understanding and implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. We do this by: promoting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; helping children’s organisations to integrate the Convention into their work; monitoring and reporting on the progress made at a Scottish, UK and UN level.

Level 1 Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5EZ

Who Cares? Scotland
T: 0141 226 4441

Who Cares? Scotland is a voluntary organisation working with and for children and young people.

5 Oswald St, Glasgow G1 4QR

Young Scot
Infoline: 0808 801 0338
(Mon to Fri 10am – 6pm)

Offers information for 12-16 year olds; includes arts, jobs and careers, housing, sport and leisure.

YouthLink Scotland
T: 0131 313 2488

YouthLink Scotland is the national agency in Scotland for youth work.

Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5EZ