There are many different agencies that can help you, please navigate through the categories below to find the contact information you require.

Children and Young People

Childline is a free helpline for children and young people in the UK. For further information visit their website

Young Scot – Scottish Youth Information for 11-26 year oldsScottish youth information for those aged 11-26 years.

Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People (SCCYP) – promotes and safeguards the rights of children and young people living in Scotland.

Who Cares? Scotland – speaking out for children & young people in care

youngminds – coping with mental health issues

Parenting Support

ParentLineScotland – information and advice to parents and carers to help support them to care for their children. Parents and carers can call the national, free and confidential helpline: ParentLine Scotland on 08000 28 22 33. Parentline opening hours are: Monday – Friday 9 am – 10 pm, Saturday – Sunday 12 noon – 8 pm. An email service is also available

Respect Me – Scotland’s anti bullying service offering practical advice and guidance for children, young people, parents and practitioners. This includes advice on bullying behaviour via mobile phones, the internet, gaming and social networking sites.

Bullying UK – help and advice for victims of bullying, their parents and school.

Bullying advice, helpline, information, anti-bullying resources and training.

Emotional Well-being and Mental Health

Samaritans for anyone in despair.

Support for young people who may be at risk of suicide and those who live or work.

Choose life – suicide prevention in Scotland.

Hands On Scotland emotional wellbeing toolkit.

Domestic Abuse

Women’s Aid – Scottish Women’s Aid is the lead organisation in Scotland working towards the prevention of domestic abuse. We play a vital role campaigning and lobbying for effective responses to domestic abuse.

North Ayrshire Women’s Aid


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Online Safety

CEOP – Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre – part of UK police dedicated to protecting children from sexual abuse. There’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online. The CEOP information to help parents can be found at Childnet (Know it All) – an extensive suite of education resources designed to help educate parents, teachers and young people about safe and positive use of the internet.

Police Scotland –

Child Trafficking

National Helpline and useful guidance available at: NSPCC Child |Trafficking

Modern Slavery Helpline                                                     0800 012 1700

Police Scotland (National Human Trafficking Unit)             01236 818475

UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC)                             0844 778 2406


Child Sexual Exploitation

Learn more about child sexual exploitation from Barnardos

Just Whistle provide the facts and the know about how to fight child sexual exploitation

National Services

Police Scotland – information on policing and community safety.

Children 1st supports families under stress, protects children from harm and neglect, helps children recover from abuse, promotes children’s rights and interests.

Children in Scotland – national agency for voluntary, statutory and professional organisations and individuals working with children and their families in Scotland.

Citizen’s Advice Scotland – provides information and advice on rights and available services.

The NSPCC protects children across the UK. We run a wide range of services for both children and adults, including national helplines and local projects.

Counselling Directory – If you’re in need of support, search the counselling directory network to be connected with a professional counsellor or psychotherapist.

Scottish Child Law Centre – The aim of the Centre is to promote knowledge and use of Scots law and children’s rights for the benefit of children and young people in Scotland.

Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) – Information on the work of SCRA which focuses on children most at risk.

Vulnerable Witnesses website – Witnesses in Scotland.

Professional Resources

CPC Scotland is a national organisation which supports child protection practice, policy and research across Scotland. Celsis  has information about a wide range of services and useful resources in relation to child protection. You can find the link to their website below:





Other Useful Links

Child Protection in Sport – help for sporting organisations to put safeguards in place to keep children and young people safe, providing advice, consultancy and training on the development and implementation of child protection policies and procedures.

Parent Checklist for Youth Activities This information sets out some basic questions parents might ask about the status and credentials of youth organisations/clubs and its leaders.

LGBT Youth Scotland is Scotland’s largest youth and community based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organisation

Stop it Now! is a confidential freephone helpline for people who might be worried about their own thoughts and feelings towards children or the behaviour of others; parents and carers of young people with sexually worrying behaviour; and professionals needing help with difficult cases. This confidential helpline operates from 9 am – 9 pm Monday to Thursday and from 9 am – 7 pm on Friday. The number to call is: 0808 1000 900 or visit the website:

The Care Inspectorate The independent scrutiny and improvement body for care services in Scotland.