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Advice & Guidance

In this section you will find a number of organisation that can provide advice and guidance.   Anyone can contact these organisations and a number of them will be able to link you to local services.  These have been categorised under headings for the key areas that you may require, having experienced time in institutional childcare.  Each heading links to the organisations website for further information.

If there is any more specific information you are looking for and would like to discuss then please contact the NCF support staff on 0141 352 2333, who will try to guide you towards the service or group which is right for you.

Remember if you are still feeling unsure about what sharing your experience will mean for you, or if you are unsure if you want to speak about it at all, you can speak with an independent, dedicated advice and guidance line.

Please note that this page  contains links to the external independent websites of those who can provide you with advice, guidance or support. The NCF cannot guarantee that this information is up to date, so it is always best for you to contact any organisation directly.  Please click to read our full disclaimer.

Helplines

All these services have dedicated helplines for people who want to speak to them.

Breathing Space

Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.

Helpline: 0800 8385 87        

Monday to Friday 6 pm to 2 am
Friday to Monday 6 pm to 6 am

                                                                               

 

 Samaritans

Samaritans offers support, round the clock, to anyone struggling to cope. People talk to us anytime they like, in their own way, and off the record - about whatever’s getting to them. You don't have to be suicidal.                          

Tel: 08457 90 90 90                                

24 hours a day  365 days a year

jo@samaritans.org

                                      

                 

 

SANE Line

SANE offers emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental health problems through our helpline and email services and our online Support Forum where people share their feelings and experiences. 

Helpline: 0845 767 8000

Every day of the year 6pm - 11pm

 

 

Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline

The Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline is dedicated to supporting all victims of domestic abuse by providing a compassionate, non judgemental 24 hour telephone service.

Helpline: 0800 027 1234

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

                                                  

Young Minds

Young Minds is committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Their website has information on all aspects of mental health and wellbeing.  They also operate a parents helpline.

Helpline: 020 7089 5050 Mon-Fri 9.30am - 5.30pm

Parent Helpline: 0808 802 5544 Mon-Fri 9.30am - 4pm

 

 

HOPELine UK

HOPELineUK is a confidential helpline, staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgmental support, practical advice and information to young people under the age of 35 feeling suicidal & anyone concerned that a young person they know may be at risk of suicide.

Helpline: 0800 068 441

Monday to Friday 10am - 10pm

Weekends 2pm - 5pm 

 

Men's Advice Line

Men’s Advice Line is for men experiencing domestic abuse from their partner. This service also receives calls from men who are concerned about their own abusive behaviour and violence towards their partners and/or children.

Helpline: 0808 801 0327

Monday to Friday 9am -5pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rape Crisis Scotland

Rape Crisis Scotland provides a national rape crisis helpline and email support for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened. The helpline offers free and confidential initial and crisis support and information.

The helpline can also put you in touch with local rape crisis centres or other services for ongoing support. The helpline offers a mincom service for deaf or hard of hearing people, and can arrange for language interpreters if your first language is not English.

Helpline: 08088 08 03 02

7 days a week 6pm - Midnight                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Helpline Scotland

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender  Helpline Scotland (LGBT) provide information and emotional support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, friends and supporters across Scotland. They also support those questioning or wanting to discuss their sexuality or gender identity.

Helpline: 0300 123 2523

Tuesday & Wednesday 12pm - 9pm

 

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)

NAPAC provides a national  support line for adults who have suffered any type of abuse in childhood. Their support line is staffed by trained volunteers who can help you. They can direct you to other sources of support in your local area.

Helpline: 0808 801 0331

Free from landlines and mobiles,

Monday -Thursday 10am - 9pm

Friday 10am - 6pm

Calls will not show on your bill.

Office: 0207 614 1801 (9am-5pm) 

 

 

Ministry and Clergy Abuse Survivors (MACSAS)

MACSAS is a support group for women and men from Christian backgrounds who have been sexually abused by clergy as children or as adults.  They support survivors who have remained within their Christian communities and those who have left. They also produce newsletters, publications and have local support groups UK-wide.

Helpline: 0808 801 013 40

Saturday 9am - 11am

Wednesday 7am - 9.30pm

 

 

 

Roshni - Ethnic Survivors Forum (ESF)

(ESF) develop and provide support services tailored specifically to minority ethnic adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, increase awareness of childhood sexual abuse within minority ethnic communities, empower individuals and groups to talk about, report and challenge sexual abuse within their communities and promote access to existing ongoing support services for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Helpline: 0808 8022 222 open 24/7

 

 

 Carers Scotland

Carers Scotland support people who care for an elderly relative, a sick friend or a disabled family member. They are part of Carers UK. Their expert telephone advice and support service is here if you want to talk about caring.

Helpline: 0808 808 7777

Monday to Friday 10am -4pm

 

 

 

 

Parentline

Parentline provides advice and support to anyone caring for or concerned about a child.   ParentLine Scotland also runs the national Kinship Care Helpline for kinship carers across Scotland.

Helpline: 08000 28 22 33

7 days 365 days a year

One Parent Families

One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) provides support, information and vital childcare services.

Helpline: 0808 801 0323

Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4pm

 

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide provide a safe, confidential service in which people bereaved through suicide can share their experiences and feelings. They offer information, publications and support groups.  Their groups are open to any individual or family.

Helpline: 0300 111 5065

Every day 9am - 9pm

 

Shelter Scotland

Shelter Scotland provides advice, information and advocacy on housing advice, money matters, relationships within housing,housing problems . They also campaign for change and inform policy.

Helpline: 0300 330 1234

Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

 

 

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the UK's leading Veterans' mental health charity.

Mental ill-health affects ex-Service men and women of all ages. They support over 5,400 Veterans aged from 19 to 101. Their treatment and support services are always free of charge, and are proven to work.

Helpline: 0800 138 1619

24 hours a day

 

 

 

Sexual Health Scotland

Sexual Health Scotland provides Information and advice on all aspects of sexual health.

Helpline: 0800 22 44 88

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victim Support Scotland

 

Victim Support Scotland is the lead voluntary organisation in Scotland helping people affected by crime. It provides emotional support, practical help and essential information to victims, witnesses and others affected by crime. Their service is free, confidential and is provided by volunteers through a network of community based victim services and court based witness services.  Victim Support can help with criminal injuries compensation claims.

 

Helpline: 0345 6039213 

 

Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm

 

 Living Life

A free telephone-based service for people feeling low, anxious or stressed.  Learning helpful ways of thinking through : Guided self help and CBT.

0800 328 9655

 

 In Care Survivor Service Scotland (ICSSS)  

ICSSS has a free, confidential helpline you can phone for advice.  If you require further support they will allocate you a worker in your area.

In areas where there is no worker available or if you would prefer they can offer telephone support.

The Helpline, as with all ICSSS services is also open to family members and friends.

Helpline: 0800 121 6027

Monday to Friday 9am to 11am

 

 

 

 

 

Connecting with history and heritage

   

Information on organisations that can help people who have been in institutional care, to connect with their past.  This includes accessing records.

 

Birthlink

Birthlink offers a range of services for people separated by adoption with a Scottish connection.     They also have a service called Care Connect to help people to access their care records from the past.  This is an Edinburgh based service but they can advise about other local authorities too.           

Telephone: 0131 225 6441

Monday to Friday 9.30 - 4.30                                                                                       

 British Association for Adoption and Fostering

British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) Scotland provides support for children in care. They work with everyone involved with adoption and fostering across Scotland.                  

Telephone: 0132 226 9270  

Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm                                    

    

 National Records of Scotland Adoption Unit

The National Records of Scotland Adoption Unit provide you with an extract of your original entry if you were born in Scotland. They ask you to provide details of your adoptive name, date of birth and your full postal address to help the process.

Telephone: 0131 535 1355
                 0131 5351383
                 0131 535 1376    

Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

 

 

 

 

In Care Survivors Service Scotland (ICSSS)

In Care Survivors Service Scotland (ICSSS) Provide information, advice, support, counselling and advocacy for In-Care survivors and their families through locally based staff  across Scotland.  ICSSS can help with people to complete Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme forms and  advise people about getting their written, typed and electronic records from their time in care.

Tel: 01324 630100      

Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

Helpline:  0800 0021 6027      

Monday to Friday 9 am to 11 am

 

Care Leavers Association

Care Leavers Association (CLA) is a user-led charity run by care leavers and brings together the voices of care leavers of all ages to improve the current care system, improve the quality of life of care leavers throughout their lives and change for the better society’s perception of people who have been in care as children.

Telephone: 0162 236 1980 - 

Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Records of Scotland

Responsible for demographic statistics and census, and the archival functions of the Keeper including maintaining the archives as one of Scotland’s five National Collections, and providing a leadership role for Scottish archive and record professionals. They are also responsible for the service for family history provided under the highly successful ScotlandsPeople brand.  Also has The National Register of Archives for Scotland (NRAS) - this was set up in 1946 to compile a record of collections of private papers in Scotland, to encourage their care, and to make information about them available to researchers and others

Telephone: 0131 535 1314 general register

Telephone: 0131 314 4411 birth, death, marriage certificates

Monday -Thursday - 8.30am, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm                                                      

                          

 

 

 

Barnardos - Making Connections

Barnardo’s Making Connections Service helps adults make sense of growing up in their care, by providing support and information to former Barnardo’s service users and their descendants through the organisation nationally and internationally. An access to records service provides information from case records about family history and early life, helps to trace relatives and reunite families.

Making Connections hold the records for children who were placed in Barnardo’s residential children’s homes, residential schools, foster homes or who were adopted through the charity. 

Telephone: 0208 552 1004

 

                                                                            

 

 Salvation Army - Family Tracing Service

The Family Tracing Service is there to support people who are looking for family members. It does not matter how long you have not seen a famly member for,they will help you with your search. They bring more than 2000 families together again every year.

You can contact them by phone, email or through an online enquiry form. There service is confidential.

Telephone: 0845 634 4747

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Advice

These organisations can provide legal advice in relation to pursing legal action, compensation as well as other areas

Citizen's Advice Scotland

Citizens Advice Scotland provide free confidential advice and information whoever you are and whatever your problem. They provide practical advice, negotiate on behalf of clients and represent them formally, such as at tribunal hearings.

Telephone: 0808 800 9060  

Monday to Friday 9 am to 8pm            

Saturday 10 am to 2 pm            

                                                                                                                                               

 

Patient Advice and Support Service (PASS)

Free, confidential information, advice and support for anyone wanting to give feedback, make comments, raise concerns or make a complaint about treatment and care provided by the NHS in ScotlandOnline Contact Form                                    

 

 

                  

 

Scottish Legal Aid Board

Legal Aid is help towards the costs of legal advice and representation, for those who qualify, paid for out of public funds. It is designed to help individuals on low and modest incomes gain access to the legal system.

Telephone : 0131 226 701                    

Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm  
                                                 
Legal Aid Information Line:  0845 122 8686  

Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm   

 

 

 

Victim Support Scotland

Victim Support Scotland provides emotional support, practical help and essential information to victims, witnesses and others affected by crime. Their service is free, confidential and is provided by volunteers through a network of community based victim and court based witness services.  Victim Support can help with criminal injuries compensation claims.                                              

Telephone : 0345 603 9213

Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm

Victims of Crime in Scotland

Victims of Crime in Scotland’s website gives information about the criminal justice system as well as how to get help and advice.

Online Contact Form

 

 

 

 

Scottish Association of Law Centres

Law Centres provide a free and independent professional legal service to people who live or work in their catchment areas. You can find details of your nearest Law Centre in your local telephone directory.

Legal services agency - 0141-353 3354 or 08003168450

 

 

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)

CICA is the government body responsible for administering the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in England, Scotland and Wales.   They provide a free service to victims of violent  crime.                                         

Telephone : 0300 003 3601    

Mon Tues Thurs Fri 8.30 am to 5 pm        

Wednesdays 10 am to 5 pm


 

 

Leaving Care Information

 Information for people who have left care.

Care Leavers Association                                      

Care Leavers Association (CLA) is a user-led charity run by care leavers and brings together the voices of care leavers of all ages to improve the current care system, improve the quality of life of care leavers throughout their lives and change for the better society’s perception of people who have been in care as children.

 

Telephone: 0161 236 1980

10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                             

 Scottish Throughcare & Aftercare Forum

Scottish Throughcare & Aftercare Forum work together to improve the life chances for young people leaving care settings in Scotland. The organisation has created a vehicle for young people themselves can have their views heard and take an equal place beside practitioners and decision makers in discussions and throughcare & aftercare developments.     

 

Telephone:      0141 357 4124 

Monday to Friday 10am-5pm

 

              

                                                                        

                                                                                                           

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                

   

   

Counselling and Support

Information on organisations that can provide counselling and support services.

 

Crossreach Counselling

Crossreach runs counselling services throughout Scotland.  Counsellors have wide experience of working with people who have been abused in any way both within and out with all Christian denominations. It provides one to one, couple and family counselling. It supports not only the survivor but all members of the family who are affected.

Glasgow - Tel: 0141 221 1535; Monday to Thursday 9 am to 8 pm. 

Edinburgh Tel: 0131 552 8901: Tuesday 9 am to 5 pm, Wednesday 12 noon to 8 pm, Thursday 12 noon to 8 pm.

East Lothian - Tel: 01368 865218: Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Closed Wednesdays. 

Moray and Inverness Tel: 01542 83575:  Monday Wednesday Thursday Friday 9 am to 5 pm                                                                     

 

 Trauma Counselling Line Scotland

Trauma Counselling Line Scotland (TCLS) offers confidential telephone counselling to any adult who experienced abuse as a child. This can include sexual, emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual abuse or neglect.

Telephone: 08088 020406.  Monday to Wednesday 5 pm to 8 pm.  Thursday and Friday 9 am to 2 pm                                                                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health In Mind

Health in Mind provide support and counselling services designed specifically for people who have experienced trauma in their life.  They have particular expertise in working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.                                          

Tel: 0131 225 8508                             

Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

 

 Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project (KASP)

Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project (KASP) provides a wide range of free confidential counselling and support services to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse age 16 or over throughout Fife.      

They also provide support to survivors significant others and will provide an outreach service throughout Fife. They have specialist support for people with mild to moderate learning disabilities.

Telephone: 01592 644217    

Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm and some evenings 

 

Safe Space

Safe Space offers free and confidential support for people who have experienced sexual abuse.   Although based in Dunfermline, Fife they welcome people from anywhere, if they are able to travel to Fife to attend sessions. Individuals, parents, partners and relatives. Male and female survivors of sexual abuse. Young People  ages 12-18

Tel: 01383 739084                        Monday to Thursday 10 am to 4 pm

 

 

Speak Out Scotland

Speak Out Scotland provides a support service for non-offending male survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the Glasgow area. They operate a telephone helpline service for support, information and signposting to appropriate services. They provide access to specialist counselling by phone, face to face and in groups.

Telephone: 0300 400 3202 

Please leave message on answer machine

 

Talk Now

Talk Now provide support to anyone and their families who has been the victim of sexual abuse with a particular emphasis on those who have suffered the abuse during childhood.

Tel: 01355 458272                  Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

Mobile: 07743 156544          

24 hours 7 days a week

The Moira Anderson Foundation

The Moira Anderson Foundation is dedicated to supporting those affected by childhood sexual abuse. They support children and adults of both genders in whatever way they can

01236 602890  

Monday - Friday 9am-5pm

 

Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance

Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA) safeguards people who are vulnerable and discriminated against, empowering people by enabling them to express their own needs and make their own decisions.

Telephone: 0131 556 6443 

 

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland offer support through one-to-one counselling sessions on all aspects of bereavement and loss.

Telephone: 0845 600 2227 

Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm

Amina

Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre provides confidential faith and culturally sensitive direct services and community development to Muslim women.

0141 632 1135   

Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5 pm

 

 

 

Saheliya

Saheliya is a specialist mental health and well-being support organisation for black and minority ethnic (BME) women and girls (12+) in Scotland. Our staff are from a variety of different cultures and ethnic backgrounds and we all have an understanding of how race, gender and culture affects the mental well-being of black and minority ethnic women and girls

Telephone: 0131 556 9302

Capability Scotland

Capability Scotland provides disability advice and information.  They provide a free and confidential service on a range of disability issues including cerebral palsy, including disabled people, carers, parents, professionals and students.Their Advice Service offers helpful information on a variety of subjects, and has a number of online resources.

Tel: 0131 337 9876                                      

Monday to Friday 9 am to 1 pm

Textphone: 0131 346 2529                          

Monday to Friday 9 am to 1 pm

 

Victim Support Scotland

Victim Support Scotland provides emotional support, practical help and essential information to victims, witnesses and others affected by crime. Their service is free, confidential and is provided by volunteers through a network of community based victim and youth justice services and court based witness services.  Victim Support can help with criminal injuries compensation claims.


Scottish Helpline: 0845 603 9213  

Mon to Fri 8 am to 8 pm

 

 

Counselling Directory

The Counselling Directory provides details of counsellors and psychotherapists who are members of a recognised professional body.

Telephone: 0844 8030 240

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carers Scotland

Carers Scotland support people who care for an elderly relative, a sick friend or a disabled family member. They are part of Carers UK. 

Tel: 0141 445 3070                 

Mon to Fri 10am - 4pm.

Adviceline: 0808 808 7777      

Mon - Fri 10am to 4pm.

 

 

 

 

 

SSAFA Lifelong Support for our Forces and their Families

SSAFA Lifelong Support for our Forces and their Families provides practical support and assistance to servicemen and women, veterans, and the families of                   both.                                                            

Tel: 0845 241 7141           

Monday to Friday 10.30 am to 7.30 pm leave message on answer machine. 

Confidential freephone: 0800 731 4881

 Survivors of Bereavement By Suicide

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide provide a safe, confidential service in which people bereaved through suicide can share their experiences and feelings. They offer information, publications and support groups.  Their groups are open to any individual or           family                                                                                                        

Helpline: 0300 111 5065                    

Monday to Sunday  9.00 am - 9.00 pm

Who Cares? Scotland

Who Cares? Scotland provides an individual advocacy service to children and young people in care in Scotland,  listen to what they say, and enable them to speak out. Help them understand their rights and options so they can make informed choices.

Tel: 0141 226 4441  

Monday to Friday 8.45 am to 5 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 In Care Survivors Service Scotland

In Care Survivors Service Scotland (ICSSS) Provide information, advice, support, counselling and advocacy for In-Care survivors and their families through locally based staff  across Scotland.  ICSSS can help with access to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme and  advise people about getting their written, typed and electronic records from their time in care.

Tel: 01324 630100      

Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

Helpline:  0800 0021 6027      

Monday to Friday 9 am to 11 am

 

 

   
   

Abuse Support Agencies

These agencies are specifically set up to provide support for people who have experienced some form of abuse

 

Abused Men In Scotland

Abused Men in Scotland (AMIS)  provides support to men who are experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse (aged 16 plus). They operate a national helpline and provide face to face support in Edinburgh by Rowan Alba.

Helpline: 0808 800 0024

Monday Wednesday and Friday 12 noon to 3 pm

Sunday Tuesday and Thursday 7 pm to 10 pm                                     

Men's Advice Line

Men’s Advice Line is for men experiencing domestic abuse from their partner. This service also receives calls from men who are concerned about their own abusive behaviour and violence towards their partners and/or children.

Tel: 0808 801 0327

Monday  to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

 

Ministry and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors (MACSAS)

Ministry and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors (MACSAS) is a support group for women and men from Christian backgrounds who have been sexually abused by clergy as children or as adults.  They support survivors who have remained within their Christian communities and those who have left. They also produce newsletters, publications and have local support groups UK-wide. 

Freephone Helpline - 08088 01 013 40 

Saturday 9am-11am.  Wednesday 7am-9:30pm

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) provides a national  support line for adults who have suffered any type of abuse in childhood.
Their support line is staffed by trained volunteers who can help you. They can direct you to other sources of support in your local area.

Tel: 0800 085 3330

10 am to 9 pm

 

Rape Crisis Scotland

Rape Crisis Scotland provides a national rape crisis helpline and email support for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened. The helpline offers free and confidential initial and crisis support and information.

The helpline can also put you in touch with local rape crisis centres or other services for ongoing support. The helpline offers a mincom service for deaf or hard of hearing people, and can arrange for language interpreters if your first language is not English.

Telephone: 08088 01 03 02

6 pm to Midnight 7 days a week

Respect

Respect is men and women working together to end domestic violence.


They develop, deliver and support effective services for male and female perpetrators of domestic violence, young people who use violence and abuse at home and in relationships, men who are victims of domestic violence

Telephone:  0808 802 4040, Please leave message on answer machine. 

 

Children 1st

Children 1st provide therapeutic abuse and recovery support to men and women who are adult survivors of childhood abuse and who are parents.

0131 446 230  Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Secret

Open Secret provides confidential support and counselling to individuals and families (of all ages) whose lives have been impacted by childhood abuse or trauma.  Including individual support, family support, group work, befriending services, complementary therapies and advocacy. Their services are available primarily in the Forth Valley area, but some aspects of their service are available throughout Scotland.

Tel: 01324 630100       

Monday to Thursday 9 am to 5 pm and Fridays 9 am to 3 pm

 

 

Scottish Women's Aid 

Women's Aid can give you confidential information and support. If you are frightened or worried about the way your partner or ex-partner is treating you, you do not have to put up with it. There are many things you can do to protect yourself and any children from further harm.

Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 027 1234.  24/7

 

 

 

SAY Woman

SAY Women offers safe, supported accommodation and related services for young women, aged 16-25 years, who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, rape or sexual assault and who are homeless, or threatened with homelessness.

Telephone: 0141 552 5803                 

Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 5 pm

 

Speak Out Scotland

Speak Out Scotland provides a support service for non-offending male survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the Glasgow area. They operate a telephone helpline service for support, information and signposting to appropriate services. They provide access to specialist counselling by phone, face to face and in groups.

Tel: 0300 400 3202  Please leave message on answer machine

 

 

 

Talk Now

Talk Now provide support to anyone and their families who has been the victim of sexual abuse with a particular emphasis on those who have suffered the abuse during childhood.

Telephone: 01355 458272      

Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

Mobile: 07743 156544          

24 hours 7 days a week

 

 

 

Roshni - Ethnic Survivors Forum (ESF)

Ethnic Survivors Forum (ESF) develop and provide support services tailored specifically to minority ethnic adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, increase awareness of childhood sexual abuse within minority ethnic communities, empower individuals and groups to talk about, report and challenge sexual abuse within their communities and promote access to existing ongoing support services for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. They offer the following services: counselling, befriending, outreach support and a helpline.

Helpline number: 0808 8022 222        24/7

 

 

 

 

 

In Care Survivors Service Scotland (ICSSS)

In Care Survivors Service Scotland (ICSSS) provide information, advice, support, counselling and advocacy for In-Care survivors and their families through locally based staff  across Scotland.  ICSSS can help with access to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme and  advise people about getting their written, typed and electronic records from their time in care.

Telephone: 01324 630100      

Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

Helpline:  0800 0021 6027      

Monday to Friday 9 am to 11 am

In Care Abuse Survivors

INCAS is a self-help group of volunteers where survivors of in-care abuse can meet in a relaxed, supportive environment to discuss their experiences with like-minded people who understand, and where they can gain the strength from each other to cope with the unrelenting and debilitating, long-term effects of in-care child abuse.

Telephone: 07999-906-442

 
   
   

Money Advice

These organisations can provide advice on matters relating to money

Money Advice Scotland

Money Advice Scotland database has a list of agencies who offer free, independent, impartial and confidential advice on all financial matters.

Telephone: 0141 572 0237   

Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 4.30 pm

 The Money Advice Service

The Money Advice Service helps people manage their money through their free and impartial advice service. They also work in partnership with other organisations to help people make the most of their money.

Telephone: 0300 500 5000       

Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

 

 

National Debtline

National Debtline is a free, confidential, debt advice service for people in England, Wales and Scotland, run by the charity the Money Advice Trust.

Telephone: 0808 808 4000

Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm
Saturday 9.30am to 1pm

 

Families

 Information on services that help families

Adoption UK

Adoption UK provide support to adopters and prospective adopters in Scotland. They provide information on adoption and support for adopters in Scotland.

Phone Number: 0844 848 7900

Monday to Friday 10 am to 1 pm 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthlink

Birthlink offers a range of services for people separated by adoption with a Scottishconnection. They also have a service called Care Connect to help people to access their care records from the past.  This is an Edinburgh based service but they can advise about other local authorities too.    

0131 225 6441                                  

Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 4.30pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) Scotland

British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) Scotland provides support for children in care. They work with everyone involved with adoption and fostering across Scotland.

Phone Number: 0131 226 9270  

Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm                                                                              

 

New Family Social

New Family Social is the UK network for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) adoptive and foster families.                           

Phone Number: 0843 2899457 

Leave a message on answer machine

 

                                                

Parenting Across Scotland

Parenting across Scotland provides support for parents and families through our information service and partners' helplines. We find out what matters to parents and families and what they need, and get this across to politicians. We also share research, policy and good practice with people who work with families

Phone Number: 0131 319 8071

 

 

 

SSAFA Lifelong Support for our Forces and their Families

SSAFA Lifelong Support for our Forces and their Families provides practical support and assistance to servicemen and women, veterans, and the families of both             

Phone Number: 0845 241 7141

Confidential freephone: 0800 731 4880.

Monday to Friday 10.30 am to 7.30 pm leave message on answer machine. 

 

 

Relationships Scotland

Relationships Scotland’s network of affiliated local services provide relationship counselling, family mediation, child contact centres and other family support services across Scotland.  They support individuals, couples and families experiencing relationship difficulties.

Phone Number: 0845 119 2020  

Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

 

One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS)

One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) provides support, information and vital childcare services.

Phone Number: 0131 556 3899     Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

Helpline Number: 0808 801 0323 

 Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 4 pm