Help raising children

It takes all of us to raise happy healthy children

Looking after a child is not always easy and it is ok to ask for help.

Parents or carers may be facing even more challenges than usual at the moment and help is available to every family in Edinburgh.

Please talk to us if you are finding it hard to look after your children, your family needs some extra help or if someone you know could do with extra help. 

Talk to us – how to get help

For parenting advice and support visit NSPCC helpline or call

0808 800 5000

weekdays 8am to 10pm and weekends 9am to 6pm.  We understand the problems that families and children face and our team will help you get the advice or support you need.

You can also contact Social Care Direct

0131 200 2324

NSPCC has advice and support for families on keeping young people safe.

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

Parents and teenagers experiencing difficulties and conflict in their relationship can download top tips and information on support from The Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR) and our Parent and Carer Support Team.

Edinburgh Psychological Service

Our educational psychologists have put together guides to help young people and parents/carers cope with home learning and dealing with being at home.

Families can apply for a crisis grant from the Scottish Welfare Fund

Find out more about support including about food banks, health and wellbeing, supported learning and online safety

There are lots of support services in local communities. EVOC Covid 19 directory has information on which services are available in your area.

Download information about free or low-cost activities and support available in your local area during COVID-19.

Download campaign toolkit resources

What to do if you have concerns about someone else’s child

Don’t wait until you are sure before sharing your worries. Visit NSPCC helpline or call 0808 800 5000, weekdays 8am to 10pm and weekends 9am to 6pm. You can also call Social Care Direct on 0131 200 2324. If you suspect a child is in immediate danger call 999. Child Protection Scotland has more information on what to look out for.

About All of Us

All of Us is a partnership working in Edinburgh to raise awareness of neglect and make sure that all of us know where to turn for help with parenting or if we have concerns about a child. It involves the Edinburgh Child Protection Committee, NSPCC Scotland, EVOC and Stepping Stones North Edinburgh