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. Around 40,000 people have contact with our services each year.
The National Office of Relationships Scotland supports the network of 21 Member Services. We provide training, development and quality assurance of our practitioners and services. We are a national voice for relationship services and we influence political and legislative policy development in the area of family support.
We wholeheartedly support the principle of equal opportunities and oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, culture, religion or belief, age, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital / civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, disability, or socio-economic group.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a core international human rights treaty which details the rights all children under the age of 18 years should have. Governments are expected to do all they can to implement the Convention. Children’s rights are the basic rights and freedoms to which children are all entitled in order to live with dignity, equality and fairness, and to develop and reach their potential. Every child has these rights, no matter what their circumstances.
See an excellent summary of the UNCRC produced by UNICEF.
Relationships Scotland believes that behaviour that seeks to secure power and control, or instil fear for one person over another through violence, coercion, control and inequality is unacceptable. We support people to live with dignity and safety and to enjoy healthy relationships, and we respect the rights of all people, in all their diversity. We believe that people have the capacity to change their behaviour and how they relate to others. We take seriously our responsibility for ensuring safety for adults, children and young people.
If you have concerns about your own safety or the safety of others please go to https://www.relationships-scotland.org.uk/family-support
We are accredited by various external bodies – Organisational Member of COSCA, Affiliated Organisation to College of Mediators, Organisational Member of Scottish Mediation Network, holder of the Help and Support for Separated Parents kite mark and LGBT Youth Scotland LGBT Chartermark, members of Parenting Across Scotland.
We take client feedback seriously and as such we have an easy to understand National Complaints Policy and Procedures which is openly available. There is also Guidance for those wishing to make a complaint which will help you to understand better the process and who to approach if you want to make a complaint.
The Relationships Scotland Network operates under nationally agreed policies that cover issues such as Child Protection, Domestic Abuse, Equality & Diversity, Confidentiality and Adult Support and Protection. These policies cover all areas of our work, including relationship counselling, family mediation and child contact centres.
For all media enquiries please contact Stuart Valentine – Chief Executive
- 0131 514 1046