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Entries in parenting support (2)


Online web chat helpline for relationship support

Scottish Marriage Care has launched The Helpline Online - Scotland’s first free national relationship web chat service is now live. 

This is a new way to get immediate support for relationship problems either online through the new service or by freephone from landlines and mobiles on 0808 802 2088. 

Their team help callers to talk confidentially about concerns and difficulties they are experiencing in relationships at home within the family, socially with friends, in communities with neighbours or at work with colleagues. This can include issues such as communication, infidelity, parenting, stress, sex or separation.

Opening hours for the service are Monday to Thursday from 9am to 8pm and Friday from 9am to 5pm.


A Man's Place - conference report

"Why don't we have services for pregnant fathers?" was one of the many questions raised at a packed conference - A Man's Place- in Glasgow organised by Children in Scotland on November 20th.

Becoming a father may not have the same physical symptoms as shown by pregnant women, but pregnancy has just as much impact on men as on women.

Men and women should be recognised as equal partners pre- and post- birth with as much support for men – emotionally, socially, physically – as for women.

Fathers are not ‘optional’ extras - involvement leads to positive long term outcomes including improved relationships; less substance abuse, less incarceration and increased educational attainment.

A number of international studies and reports all call for increased male involvement in care, and parenting, as a result of these measurable results.

The Scottish Government speaker at the conference emphasised that they have a commitment to make policies more “Dad friendly” in the new National Parenting Strategy.  Families Need Fathers Scotland is taking part in the Father's Roundtable meetings to oversee this commitment.