Shared Parenting Scotland AGM and Talk

The 2023 AGM of Shared Parenting Scotland is taking place online from 7pm on Thursday 2nd November, followed by a talk from Professor Ben Hine about his new study – “Lost Dads: Fathers and Family Breakdown, Separation, and Divorce”.

Places are still available – sign up to take part here.

The AGM will hear about a very busy year for the charity, including the launch of two innovative training programmes, a new service supporting veteran or serving parents and an international webinar series.

The New Ways For Families® training and coaching programme was launched at an event in the Scottish Parliament in May 2023 following an successful evaluated pilot in Scotland. Parents across the UK can now take this parenting skills course which calms high-conflict separations and teaches communication and negotiation skills.

Love, Loss and Living is an online training course plus group work to help parents manage the emotions of being separated from their child or children. Supported through the Community Mental Health and Wellbeing fund we have held sessions in Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as making it available online.

We recognise the unique lifestyle of those that serve or have served in our Armed Forces and the toll this can take on family life especially when children are involved. With funding from the Veterans Foundation, Mark Downie has been supporting veterans and serving parents when they contact our helpline and building up referral links with other services.

New developments in dispute resolution and family courts were featured in our World Series of webinars, with speakers from England, Sweden, the Netherlands, Israel, Canada and the USA.

The Annual Report and Accounts published at the AGM show a continued growth in enquiries. The Shared Parenting Scotland helpline handled 4535 separate enquiry items from 1045 people in 2022, compared with 4281 items from 937 people in 2021.

User survey results in 2022 showed that 55% of parents who contacted us have had increased contact with their children, 69% were experiencing less stress and anxiety, 61% feel better informed about the options available for maintaining their relationship with their children and 26% have better communication with their children’s school.