Children 1st –there to support Borders parents

Today (Monday, 22 October) sees the start of National Parenting Week.

Parenting is a very topical issue at the moment. The Scottish Government has just published its national parenting strategy, which sets out what all the organisations working with families should do to help parents be the best they can be.

At CHILDREN 1ST, we know that providing the right support at the right time to families is crucial. Most parents want a listening ear, somewhere to turn to when they need a bit of advice, encouragement or information.

We want to remind your readers that’s exactly what ParentLine Scotland, the CHILDREN 1ST national confidential helpline and email service, does.

We deal with an average of 3,000 calls per year on a range of subjects, including difficult relationships with teenagers, separation and divorce, bullying, family relationships, kinship care concerns, money, postnatal depression and child abuse.

The service is not just for parents but also for kinship carers, grandparents, aunt, uncles, siblings or anyone with a concern for a child. People can call about any problem, no matter how big or small. Trained call takers listen and offer advice, support and information, and tell you where to go for more help.

ParentLine Scotland can be contacted on 08000 28 22 33 or email

Jill Cook, ParentLine Scotland Manager

CHILDREN 1ST, Edinburgh,