If You Need Help or Support

Caring for a vulnerable or at-risk young person can be very rewarding, but it can also be very demanding. Sometimes you may feel lost, lonely or overwhelmed. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone, and there is help available for you. Families come in all shapes and sizes, and on this page we’ve put together a set of resources that can help you understand your rights and where you can go for help; whether you’re a mum, dad, single parent, kinship carer or a young parent.

Lone Parents

Looking after a young person on your own can be especially daunting, whether you’re a young parent, a kinship carer, going through separation or experiencing bereavement. If this sounds like you, there are several organisations that can help you better understand your rights and responsibilities.

  • The Lone Parent Helpline provides support and advice to people raising a child on their own, and can be contacted for free on 0800 8010323. They also run One Parent Families Scotland, which has comprehensive advice and information on everything from employment rights to money management for lone parents.
  • Gingerbread is a charity that provides expert advice and practical support for single parent families. Their website offers advice on everything from your entitlements to benefits after a separation to how best to bring a new partner into your family’s life.

Kinship Carers

Are you a grandparent, aunt, uncle or family friend who’s caring for a young person because their natural parents can’t look after them? If so, you are a kinship carer. Your rights and responsibilities as a kinship carer can be complex. It’s important to get the right advice and know where to look for practical and financial support.