Date lodged: 17 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it is giving to strengthening support for children in maintaining contact with both parents despite marital/relationship breakdown.
Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 29 November 2017
The Scottish Government recognises the importance of supporting parents and children through relationship breakdown, particularly given the impact that divorce and separation can have on children. That is why we are providing around £2 million a year through our Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund to organisations which provide relationship support, including Relationships Scotland and The Spark.
We have also funded Relationships Scotland to develop a ‘Parenting Apart’ service, with the specific aim of helping separating or separated parents support their children through what can be a difficult time; and we continue to support ParentLine Scotland, which provides advice and information to parents and families on a range of issues, including issues relating to the break-up of relationships.
We are proposing to launch a consultation early next year on part 1 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. This consultation will seek views on any changes which are needed to the law, and associated procedures, when there is a dispute between separated parents on matters such as contact.