For Parents & Carers

Information available below:


Online Safety

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation has developed a guide for parents and carers to help answer some of the immediate questions they may have after learning about something that is happening, or has happened, in their child’s online life.

CEOP and the National Crime Agency have created up to date guides for parents and professionals to learn about current social media trends among young people. The guides are written in a simple and effective way that answer common questions adults have about popular apps and highlight potential risks that come with using certain forms of social media.

Samaritans - Online Safety   - Guidance on staying safe online, co-designed by young people with lived experience of self-harm and suicidal feelings and experience of supporting others at risk.


Alcohol and Drugs - A.D.A.M (Another's Drinking Affects Me)

The A.D.A.M. website is for children and young people aged 11-16 years who may be affected or are concerned by another person's drinking (this could be a Mum, Dad, a grandparent, brother, sister or friend).

A.D.A.M. has been developed in consultation with young people who have experienced harm as a result of someone else's drinking and offers an opportunity to explore IF and HOW they are being affected. There are over 51,000 children and young people in Scotland living with a parent who has an alcohol problem. Many will suffer in silence and may find it difficult to talk about what is happening at home. A.D.A.M. offers suggestions on how to cope and provides sources of help and support.

You can also access posters, cards and other resources.


Treatment of Drug Dependence - What You Need to Know

NHS Grampian have produced this leaflet to provide information for families and significant others.

Treatment of drug dependence - what you need to know


Child Sexual Exploitation

The National Crime Agency's Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and co-ordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account.  They protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.


Disclosure scheme for Domestic Abuse

The Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland aims to prevent domestic abuse by empowering both men and women with the right to ask about the background of their partner, potential partner or someone who is in a relationship with someone they know, and there is a concern that the individual may be abusive.


Sex Offender Community Disclosure Scheme

Community disclosure enables parents, carers or guardians of children under 18 years old to make a formal request for the disclosure of information about a named person who may have contact with their child if they are concerned that he or she might be a registered child sexual offender.
Sex Offender Community Disclosure Scheme Leaflet


Mind of my own 

Care-experienced young people and their families who may be finding the lack of face to face contact and social isolation difficult during the current Covid-19 lockdown can still use the Mind of My Own app to stay in touch with their social work professional.

With the use of Mind Of My Own, users can help overcome feelings of anxiety, isolation or loneliness by sending their worker a statement , which will be received by email, to let them know how the user is feeling and allow the individual to feel connected and digitally close to them at this time.

The app can be downloaded from an app store or by creating an account at mind of my own.

If potential users find this difficult, they can contact their worker and be supported through the downloading process.


Family member or loved one affected by criminal justice 

If you have questions about a family member or loved one being sent to prison or being released, you can find support here. 


Equal Protection Act

The law on all forms of physical punishment of children in Scotland has changed. On 7 November 2020, all forms of physical punishment of children
became against the law in Scotland. Find out more here.

Frequently asked questions about the new Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019.

Click here to read the guide on the new law about physically punishing a child.


Club 10 - 

As part of the Stronger Families Inside Out programme, Club 10 is open to families in Aberdeen affected by a family member being in prison.


Information on available online courses focusing on understanding your child as they grow and develop:

Understanding your child

Understanding your child page 2


Key publications for parents and carers.

Click the images or the buttons below to download these documents:

GIRFEC Wellbeing for Parents and Carers DRAFT

Information Sharing for Parents and Carers DRAFT

The Children and Young People (Scotland) 2014 Act: For Parents and Carers DRAFT

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