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For the Sake of the Kids

Children should be supported to keep in touch with both parents after separation, whenever it is safe and possible for them to do so, says Stuart Valentine, Chief Executive of Relationships Scotland (This article originally appeared in the Scotsman) Bringing up children is one of the toughest challenges anyone can face. Even with the well-intentioned…

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Parenting Apart – free support for families whose parents live apart

Families across Scotland can continue to benefit from the insights gained by participating in a Parenting Apart session – for free.  The Scottish Government have recently confirmed that funding to allow these sessions to be developed and offered from Relationships Scotland’s family mediation services will continue for a third year. Parenting Apart information/education sessions are…

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Hearing from children when their parents separate or divorce

Should we be listening to children and young people directly, or hearing their views via their parents?  This is a question that exercises the minds of those who work in the family law field and is receiving heightened attention from policy makers in Scotland at the moment. Does it put pressure on children and young…

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International perspectives on post-separation parenting

Children do better when they can have a positive relationship with both their parents, whether they live together or apart.  This was the clear message from both speakers at our International Perspectives on Post Separation Parenting Event in Edinburgh on 30th November.  The challenging question for all of us at the event who work in…

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Family Dispute Resolution Pilot

Dad with two children

Relationships Scotland have been working with our lawyer mediator colleagues from CALM Scotland to put together a proposal to encourage families with disputes over contact arrangements to look in to their options for resolving their differences, prior to going to court.  It is widely accepted that if parents can find a way to move forward…

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The Four Cs – Advice from Ten Years of Family Mediation

Rosanne Cubitt, our Head of Professional Practice (Mediation) reflects on over a decade of experience as a family mediator. She’s worked with parents across Scotland dealing with the process of separation and divorce. I often say to parents that there are better and worse ways of splitting up – my job is to help them find…

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New Report from JRF highlights Key Role of Family Relationships

A major new report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has highlighted the importance of family relationships and their impact on poverty across the UK. ‘UK Poverty, Causes, Costs and Solutions’, published by JRF on 6th September, outlines what it means to live in poverty and offers realistic suggestions for actions that would make a…

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Mike on Parenting Apart

  Mike recently attended Parenting Apart and shares what he learnt from this free service. Interested? Book a place, or find out more information on Parenting Apart near you.

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HaveYourSay – SCCR National Survey 2016

Diane Marr, Network Development Manager, SCCR Every year in Scotland, the life chances of almost 4,500 young people are left hanging in the balance as they become homeless due to family relationships breaking down[1]. That’s the equivalent of nearly five high schools worth of pupils! But they are just the tip of the iceberg; we…

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