Family Decision Making service

Date: 3rd March 2014
Category: Family Environment and Alternative Care

CHILDREN 1ST , in partnership with One Parent Families Scotland and the Scottish Child Law Centre, has launched the Family Decision Making service to support separated and separating families.

Separation, and the process of separation, can be a difficult time for all members of the family. The Family Decision Making service aims to reduce family conflict and improve communication and cooperation by helping parents deal with issues such as contact, maintenance and residence.

Parents are supported by a helpline, online resources and family group meetings.

Skilled family support practitioners can provide a range of supports tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual family situation such as emotional support, legal and benefits advice.

Ultimately, the service is designed to reduce family conflict, improve communication and cooperation between family members and ensure the child or young person is better cared for within their family.