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Posts by Stuart Valentine

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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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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This Year May We Retain the Gift of Compassion

With the images we currently see every day on our TV screens, of refugees desperately struggling across oceans and fields to escape the horrors of war, it may be slightly more difficult this year than most for people to find further compassion for those who are homeless this winter. Around 25,000 people are officially classified…

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On Becoming a Mediator

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I recently undertook Core Solution’s Flagship ‘Mediation, Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills’ Course. Having been with Relationships Scotland for over 7 years, I had been very keen to explore both counselling and mediation from a practitioners viewpoint. By chance, mediation presented the first opportunity. Here’s what I learned: For many years I have found significant…

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Annual Review 2014

Infographic showing 15694 clients seen by Relationships Scotland in 2014

In the last year the Relationships Scotland Network received over 30,000 calls from people across the country, an increase of 50% from the year before. Many went on to receive face-to-face support through relationship counselling, family mediation, child contact services and many other forms of related family support, whilst others will have received information, advice and referrals…

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Remember what really matters on Valentine’s Day

Stuart Valentine

This article first appeared in Scotland on Sunday. For many couples, Valentine’s Day is simply something to be ignored – an overly commercialised and artificial event designed to encourage us to spend money that we can ill afford. This perhaps understandable reaction fails, however, to make the most of an opportunity for couples to take…

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Should mediation be mandatory for separating couples?

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This article originally featured in The Scotsman. Family mediation helps resolve issues between separating couples more quickly and more cost effectively than those cases that go through the courts. Family mediators work directly with separating partners to improve communication, reduce conflict and help the couple themselves agree on practical, workable arrangements for the future care…

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How to avoid a Christmas crime scene

The idea of an extended family get-together can be absolutely the best thing about Christmas for many people, but for some, we have to acknowledge, it can be the most stressful. Even in intact families problems can arise if in-laws don’t get along: I’m lucky with my own in-laws so I asked a counsellor colleague,…

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Relationships are Trending

Stuart Valentine

  Stuart Valentine, Chief Executive of Relationships Scotland Today we have heard the news that the Scottish Government has begun the process that may lead to the introduction of same sex marriage in Scotland, the first part of the UK to make such a move. This week also saw the publication of the UK Government’s…

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