Local Services


Children and Young People


Childline in Scotland

Helpline for children and young people who are distressed, in trouble or in danger.

Phone: 0800 1111 (free)

Website: www.childline.org.uk


Aberdeen Foyer

Counselling support for young adults and support to overcome homelessness and become independent.

Phone: 01224 212924

Email: receotuib@aberdeenfoyer.com

Email: counselling@aberdeenfoyer.com

Website: www.aberdeenfoyer.com


Barnardos Scotland

Services for young people and families. Fostering and respite care for children.

Phone: 01224 624090

Email: fosteringaberdeen@barnardos.org.uk

Website: www.barnardos.org.uk


Child Protection in Aberdeen

Child Protection is everyone’s responsibility. If you need more information contact:

Phone: 01224 306877

Out of hours emergency: 0800 731 5520

Website: click here


Child Protection in Moray

If you have a child protection concern (ie you think a child is at risk of significant harm), then please use the following details to report your concern:

Phone: 01343 554370 (during office hours)

Out of hours: 03457 565 656 (Social Work - Emergency)

Email: childrensaccessteam@moray.gov.uk

Website: click here


Children & Families local Social Work Office

Worried about a child in Aberdeenshire? If you would like to speak to someone, seek help or pass on information or concerns, contact:

Email: social.work@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Website: www.girfec-aberdeenshire.org/child-protection/

For the link to telephone numbers for each office or evenings & weekends call the out of Hours Service

Phone: 0800 7315520 (free)



Emergency 999

Non-emergency 101


Do not worry about being wrong: you may only know part of the story.  Other people may know more and your action could be the key to end a child’s suffering.


ParentLine Scotland

A national helpline providing advice and support for anyone caring for or concerned about a child.

Open seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Mon-Fri: 9am – 10pm

Sat-Sun:12 noon – 8pm

Phone: 08000 28 22 33 (free)

Email: parentlinescotland@children1st.org.uk


Befriend a Child

Befriending service for vulnerable children/young people.

Phone: 01224 210060

Email: info@befriendachild.org.uk

Website: www.befriendachild.org.uk


Sunrise Partnership

Support for children and young people who have been affected by loss and bereavement.

Email: support@sunrisepartnership.org

Website: www.sunrisepartnership.org



Provides care to the most vulnerable people.

Phone: 01224 212021

Email: info@vsa.org.uk

Website: www.vsa.org.uk


Penumbra – Aberdeen Self Harm Project

Support for young people experiencing, or who have experienced self-harm.

Phone: 01224 621266

Email: selfharm.aberdeen@penumbra.org.uk

Website: www.penumbra.org.uk


Papyrus – Prevention of Young Suicide

A national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide in the UK and to promote mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people.

Phone: 01925 572444

Text: 07786 209697

Hopeline: 0800 0684141 (free)

Email: admin@papyrus-uk.org

Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org (for confidential suicide prevention advice)

Website: www.papyrus-uk.org


Respect Me

Scotland’s anti-bullying service funded by the Scottish Government and managed by the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) in partnership with LGBT Youth Scotland.

Respect Me work with all adults involved in the lives of children and young people to give them the practical skills and confidence to deal with children who are bullied and those who bully others.

Phone : 0344 800 8600

Email : enquire@respectme.org.uk

Website: www.respectme.org.uk



A UK charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.  They provide expert knowledge to professionals, parents and young people through their Parent’s Helpline, online resources, training and development, outreach work and publications.

Phone: 0808 802 5544 – parent helpline. (free)

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk



Support for young people, aged 12 to 17 yrs, who are affected by a problem drinker.

Phone: 020 7403 0888

Email: enquiries@al-anonuk.org.uk

Website: click here


Children 1st Parentline

Free phoneline for parents feeling at the end of their tether

Phone: 08000 28 22 33 (Mon-Fri 9am to 9pm, Sat-Sun 9am to noon). Webchat also available via the website.

Website: click here


The Mix

The UK’s leading support service for people under 25 to help with a variety of topics and situations (from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs). Talk via an online community, on social media, a confidential helpline or counselling service.

Website: www.themix.org.uk/



Provides free, safe and anonymous online support for 10-18s in Aberdeenshire.  This includes self-help, peer community support and 1:1 support.

Website: www.kooth.com

Email: aberdeenshire@kooth.com


Grec - Me-Time Counselling Service

Free and confidential specialist counselling support for children and young people in Aberdeen, who are affected by prejudice incidents, discrimination, harassment and


Free interpretation services are provided if your preferred language is not English.

Phone: 01224 595505

Email: mthomson@grec.co.uk

Website: grec.co.uk


Home Start Aberdeen

Local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times.

Support is provided for struggling young families in Aberdeen who have at least one child aged 5 and under.

Telephone: 01224693545

Email: admin@homestartaberdeen.org.uk

Website: www.homestartaberdeen.org.uk