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Little Voice

Article 12 of the UNCRC states that children’s voices must be sought, listened to, and taken into account in matters affecting them. Rosanne Cubitt explains how this right is being respected for children in cases of parental separation.  The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children who are capable of…

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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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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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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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