Strategy & History
Established in 1944, One Parent Families Scotland is a national organisation which works with and on behalf of one parent families throughout Scotland. We are the only national organisation whose overall aim and purpose is to improve the lives of single parents and their families, enabling them to benefit from life’s opportunities, and fulfil their potential. We support one parent families at grass-roots level through a range of practical services; we provide training and advice to agencies and professionals; we campaign vociferously at national level in the interests of our client group. Across all of our activities, OPFS highlights best practice, developing and promoting high quality services for one parent families.
What makes us different
Working with single parents and their children in rural and urban communities across Scotland, OPFS has unrivalled knowledge and understanding of the issues facing single parent families, and is acutely aware of their needs in an ever-changing environment, both in terms of practical services and, importantly, in terms of being able to access those services. Many of our staff and volunteers are, or have been single parents, and bring their own experiences to the organisation, informing service development and ensuring the right approach to service delivery.
Throughout its campaigning work, OPFS challenges widely-held stereotypes and highlights inequalities.
A family-centred approach
The principles of GIRFEC and Curriculum for Excellence are embedded in all our activities. Engagement is with families – parents and children; a strong emphasis is placed upon child development and family learning. OPFS is a key partner within the Scottish Government’s Tackling Poverty initiatives; the Early Years Framework is reflected in OPFS services across the country. At local level, OPFS staff play an important role within multi-agency partnerships, and are recognised as vital contributors to the development of family and child policies, nationally and locally.