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Family Dispute Resolution Pilot

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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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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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Wrong Heads In Wrong Beds

One of our counsellors Di Farmer has currently submitted her dissertation as part of a MA  (hons) Sociology Degree at Glasgow University. The title is “Wrong Heads In Wrong Beds” – explaining Relationship Counsellors views of Infidelity. It seeks to address a gap in sociological research,  in a subject which is more widely recognised psychologically. The main …

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Parenting Apart Project – Year 1 Summary

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Parenting Apart information sessions have been offered across Scotland, from 11 Member Services, since funding was awarded by the Scottish Government in April 2015.  In that time over 300 parents have participated in group or individual sessions and found out how to make splitting up less stressful for children.  The feedback from parents has been…

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LGBT Chartermark

Relationships Scotland have become the first national counselling and mediation organisation to receive the prestigious Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual Charter Mark Award this week.   Stuart Valentine, Chief Executive of Relationships Scotland, and Heather Lickley, Head of Network Services, received the award from Brandi Lee Lough Dennell, Assistant Policy Director of LGBT Youth Scotland.…

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Learning from MIAMs in England and making it work in Scotland

Rosanne Cubitt, Mediator and Head of Professional Practice (Mediation) Relationships Scotland is calling for more families to be made aware of mediation as an alternate route to court action and, off the back of our manifesto, we are asking for a change to the current law to make this happen We are encouraged by the…

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