Relationships Scotland Dumfries and Galloway is an independent charitable organisation registered with OSCR and affiliated to Relationships Scotland nationally. All our services operate within national policies and procedures and a full confidentiality and disclosure policy. Any information you give us is held securely and in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation. We will not pass on your contact details to anyone else.
We are also a member of COSCA.
We wholeheartedly support the principle of equal opportunities and oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, culture, religion or belief, age, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital/civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, disability or socio economic group.
All our counsellors and mediators are fully trained practitioners or are trainees who have reached the point where they are ready to work with clients. Our practitioners receive regular supervision and attend Continuous Professional Development. If you would have any objection to being seen by a counsellor or mediator in training, please advise us.
All Child Contact Centre staff are trained in Child Contact Centre Policies and Practice procedures and have undergone full PVG clearance prior to working at our Child Contact Centres. All Relationships Scotland Dumfries and Galloway staff are bound by our confidentiality policy.
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11 Nith Avenue
t: 01387 251245
Office Opening Hours
Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Evening appointments may be available by arrangement only.
If you would like to make a referral, please complete our referral form and we will contact you as soon as possible.
Scottish Charity Number SCO38795
Family Mediation provided by Relationships Scotland is typically between two parents who live apart and want to discuss the care arrangements for their child or children. The context is separation, divorce or family re-structuring or perhaps the parents were not together as a couple when the child was born.
Sometimes it can be helpful for other family members to be involved in the mediation process. This might be grandparents, new partners or step parents who are also involved in the care of the child, or it might be that an older child or young person wants to discuss the issues they have with the adult in mediation themselves.
Do you wish you could have a discussion with your ex-partner about the arrangements for the children which made some progress towards a resolution?
Many people find communicating with their child’s other parent hugely challenging. Difficulty in communicating might have been one of the reasons for splitting up! Help may be at hand, however.
We know that families come in all shapes and sizes and that parents, children and other family members have different life experiences and make their own life choices. Our mediators are skilled at helping all families find solutions that are as unique as they are.
Family Mediation – working alongside other support for families in the context of Separation and Divorce
This is the story of one of our families who were attending the Child Contact Centre, and how they made effective use of mediation. Sophie (not her real name) was around 7 years old, and she was brought to the Centre fortnightly on a Saturday by her Mum, to spend time with her Dad. The situation was very fraught and both parents could be very negative about each other at times, and vocal about the other parent at the handover in the Centre. Sophie was frequently upset.