Fighting Stigma

OPFS is challenging stereotypes around one parent families, by promoting positive messages in national and local media.

We challenge the myths associated with one parent families, and champion tailored services to enable parents and their children to be confident, healthy and successful.

Campaign items

  • OPFS Briefing on the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill

    OPFS warmly welcomes the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill. We are extremely pleased that the Bill contains a duty to eradicate child poverty and that there are clear and identifiable targets about when and how this should be achieved. We particularly welcome the fact …

  • School Clothing Report

    Findings from the 2017 School Clothing Grants Survey  “I did without for months in order to afford school uniforms”    Across Scotland, the school clothing grant varies by local authority (from £40 to £110) and in many areas amounts set …

  • Glasgow City Council – Colleges and Lifelong Learning Policy Commission

    Glasgow City Council – Colleges and Lifelong Learning Policy Commission: Call for Evidence September 2016. OPFS submission which looks at the barriers to single parents participation in college learning, and recommendations on possible solutions to tackle these barriers.  

  • #ProudSingleParents campaign

    #ProudSingleParents is a campaign to challenge the stereotypes and stigma that are still too often attached to single parenthood. It aims to challenge prejudice against single parents. Get involved! Single Parents/Family/Friends: Use the #ProudSingleParents hashtag and tell us what makes you …

  • OPFS Survey Results: Survey of Glasgow Single Parents’ Policy Priorities

    We recently carried out a survey of single parents in Glasgow asking about their policy priorities.Three key areas are: childcare; welfare reform and employment.

  • Challenging the media perception of single parents

    Single parents are often portrayed in the media as young, unemployed mothers on benefits whose children will grow up disadvantaged. Professor Ronald McQuaid challenges the accuracy of this view.

  • OPFS Survey Results: Single Parents and Stigma 2014

    Our survey reveals that three-in-four single parents have experienced stigma in the last two years.

Recent activity:

  • Contributed to Radio Scotland’s “Call Kaye” on single parents & welfare reform.
  • Been included in The Herald front page article on welfare change
  • Been included in The Herald front page article on childcare costs
  • Provided comments in Third Force News on child poverty & welfare reform
  • Been included in the BBC’s Panorama programme “Parking the Disabled”, with an interview with our Director.
  • Been included in a Children in Scotland article on single parents
  • Been included in a PAS Parenting Anthology chapter on single parents

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