Parents and Carers

For up to date information on what support is available for parents and carers in South West Edinburgh text 07717 317 665, or for any area in Edinburgh, contact

Cyber Bullying Information Session: Free online information session for parents and carers run by Connect and Respectme. Black lives matter- Keeping Children Safe Online Thursday 18th June 7pm, Parenting Muslim Teens Sunday 21st June 9.30am, Internet Safety for Parents Wednesday 24th June 12.00pm. Places must be booked at

The Health Agency: Wellbeing Service for anyone living in South West Edinburgh. Check-in calls, counselling, talking therapies and online group work on topics such as anxiety management. Call 0131 453 9400 to arrange a call or book an appointment If necessary leave a message with your name and a contact number.

Becoming a dad during the coronavirus pandemic

  • Children 1st Dads Work: Support for dads and male carers about raising children with confidence, their mental health and day to day parenting. Contact Niko Tel: 07908 399 944
  • Circle-Harbour: Support for children and families affected by parents’ use of alcohol or drugs. In South West new referrals can made for family outreach or father’s support by contacting Sylvia Sword 07903 822059
  • Dads Rock: are offering a number of courses via Zoom including antenatal classes, sleep and feeding workshops for both dads and mums. Courses are free, or by donation for those who can afford it. Tel: 07807 498709

Employability and Digital Skills Webinars – One Parent Families Scotland: Online support for single parents. To book or for more information email Tel 07789 277608 or visit the Facebook page.

EVOC (Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council) Covid-19 Directory of Services: For a list of other support services where you live visit

Juno Pre and Postnatal Parents Online Peer Support Sessions: Zoom peer support sessions for mums who are suffering or have suffered post-natal depression. A relaxed time for people to chat and gain advice and support. Mondays 8pm from the 4th of May. For more information visit

Lone Parent Helpline – One Parent Families Scotland: Information and advice for single parents. Open Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.00pm Tel: 08088 010323

Mental Health Information Station: NHS Information on a range of adult mental health supports. Speak with an NHS Mental Health professional Thursdays 9.30am-4.30pm. Please call 0131 537 8650 and ask for the Mental Health Information Station. If staff are busy, you can arrange a call back. Or you can email: at any time with specific queries and request a call back.

NSPCC: For parenting advice and support, contact trained online helpline counsellors Tel: 0808 800 5000, weekdays 8am to 10pm and weekends 9am to 6pm, email or visit

Parentline Scotland/ Parent Helpline : Children 1st/ Edinburgh Together Free helpline, email and web-chat service offering advice and support for parents and carers
Mon-Fri 9am- 9pm Sat and Sun 9am-12 pm. Tel: 08000 28 22 33

Parenting Programmes: courses to help parents with their child or teenager’s behaviour. Face-to-face courses are currently postponed however Triple P (3-6 years and Primary) and Teen Triple P (11-16years) parenting programmes are still accepting online applications and the team will keep families informed about the types of support which may still be available. For more information visit:

Parent Club: The Scottish Government’s has put together lots of information to help you and your family cope with this huge change to our daily lives.

Parenting Across Scotland: Website has useful information on the services and helplines available for parents and carers in Scotland and a range of parenting support and advice.

People Know How
Wellbeing Calls: phone befriending service for adults across Edinburgh who may be feeling isolated. From chatting about interests to sharing advice on accessing resources, the befrienders are there to offer a friendly ear.
Learn Digital Project: Support for adults with support to use computers and digital devices, helping to stay connected, find a job online, navigate the web and save money online. Visit

Scottish Domestic Abuse 24 hr Helpline: Support for Women experiencing domestic abuse or forced marriage and their friends and family. Translation facilities available for callers whose first language is not English. Tel: 0808 802 3333 or email online chat at

Share Parenting Scotland: Online meetings 7-9pm on the first Monday of every month with a family lawyer and family therapist to help separated parents who are not seeing their children or facing other lockdown issues. Tel 0131 557 2440 For more information and advice visit

Sleep Scotland Parent Support Line: Guidance and support for parents and carers on their child or teenagers sleep problems or young people themselves. Tel: 0800 138 6565 Mon-Thu 10am-4pm

Social Care Direct: Children and Families Social Work Request help or advice about a child or vulnerable adult requiring support due to illness, disability or at risk or harm. Tel: 0131 200 2324 Out of Hours 0800 7316969

Solihull Online: FREE online courses for parents and carers from the Scottish Government.
• Understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby
• Understanding your baby
• Understanding your child
• Understanding your teenager’s brain
To access these courses for free, families need to use the access code TARTAN:

Speech and Language Therapy in South West: Helpline for parents of children looking for advice or support around their child’s talking and communication. Contact Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre 453 9315 Mon-Fri 10am-12pm

Star Line National Home Learning Helpline: Support and advice for parents and carers on home learning and managing children’s behaviour during COVID-19 from qualified teachers and parenting and education experts. Tel 0330 313 9162 (local rate) Mon, Wed 8am-4pm, 7-10pm, Tue, Thu, Fri 10am-4pm. Sun 10am-1pm.

The Spark Relationship Helpline: Free helpline for anyone experiencing family or couple relationship issues. Tel 0808 802 2088 Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri 9am-4pm.

Vocal Family Support Addictions: Support for parents, friends, partners and other family members who are affected by someone else’s drinking and drug use. New referrals being accepted. Contact or call 0131 622 6666

WithKids: video content from play therapists, accessible through:

Young Minds: Support for children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. For information and advice for young people and parents and carers go to Free helpline for parents and carers: 0808 802 5544 or email

If any of the information listed here is incorrect, please contact us and we will update as soon as possible.