Our work in Scotland

Our work in Scotland

We give young people the chance to fulfil their potential and make the most of their lives. Last year we helped more than 20,000 of Scotland’s most disadvantaged children, working in partnership with local authorities and other agencies. We help transform the lives of thousands of children and young people each year and we've been doing so for more than 60 years. With over 85 services across Scotland, we are in the communities where you live and work.


We campaign to improve policy and legislation

Many children and young people in Scotland are suffering because they don't get help early enough.

This is why we are working with MSPs and Scottish Government Ministers to take action to tackle problems before families reach crisis point.

We are campaigning for change in these three areas:

  • reducing inequalities in the early years
  • safeguarding and supporting children in need
  • helping disadvantaged young people thrive as adults

Policy and campaigns

Our services

In Scotland we work with looked after and accommodated children and young people, young carers, children affected by parental drug and alcohol misuse and families at risk.

We provide residential breaks and support for young people with disabilities and their families and employability support for young people who are not in education, employment or training and work with young people who offend or at risk of offending.


Fostering in Scotland

Being a foster carer is no ordinary job and can be challenging as well as highly rewarding.

If you join our team, we will be with you every step of the way, offering you all the help and advice that you need to be the best foster carer you can be.

We offer a family life to children and young people who have experienced early trauma or a disruptive family break down and have possibly experienced multiple placements that haven’t worked.

Our children and young people are supported by our foster carers until they’re ready and able to live independently.

Fostering in Scotland

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Policy win in Scotland

The Scottish Government has recently accepted a series of our proposals regarding employability support in Scotland.

We urged them to ensure that all employability support recognises additional challenges faced by disadvantaged young people; is flexible and tailored to best meet their needs and is responsive to their hopes and aspirations.

The Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie Hepburn MSP, wrote to us to inform us that these have all been accepted.

Last year we helped 368,648 children, young people and families in the UK.

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