Supporting parents, children, young people and carers - Coronavirus advice

Support for families

Help is available for any family who is struggling in Edinburgh. Find out how to contact the Council in a crisis.

For parenting advice and support - NSPCC helpline or call 0808 800 5000, weekdays 8am to 10pm and weekends 9am to 6pm. 

Advice and support from the NSPCC on keeping young people safe.

You can also contact Social Care Direct on 0131 200 2324 or email [email protected].

Parentline Scotland has support and advice for all families. 08000 28 22 33

Domestic abuse helpline 0808 802 3333

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.

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

If you’re worried about your energy bills, call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282.

Support available for parents and carers who may be experiencing difficulties email the Lifelong Learning Parent and Carer Support team at [email protected].

Local support services and voluntary agencies offering advice and support for families

Support and information where you live including parenting support, information on support for families with children who have additional support needs, support for minority groups, free or low-cost family activities, financial support and advice, online courses and community food.

EVOC Covid 19 directory also has information on support services available in your area.

Parenting programmes - courses to help parents and carers understand their children’s development and behaviour

Free online Solihull courses for every parent from Scottish Government in partnership with NES

  • understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby
  • understanding your baby
  • understanding your child
  • understanding your teenager's brain

Sign up here and enter TARTAN

For parents and carers experiencing more elevated behaviour concerns you can still apply online for our Triple P and Teen Triple P courses or request more information by email at [email protected]

Autism advice and support

Latest guidance and useful tips from the National Autistic Society

Scottish Autism advice line (general advice not specific to Corona) 01259 222022. Tuesday to Friday, 10am-4pm

Online safety

The Council's digital learning team website has a section for parents / carers. You’ll find a range of resources to support you with the online safety of your child. There’s also a range of interactive resources for pupils within the learners section of the website.

The UK Safer Internet Centre has lots of useful resources and tools for parents or carers to keep children and young people safe and happy online.