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Our advice service

We provide advice to parents, grandparents, relatives, friends and kinship carers who are involved with children’s services in England or need their help. We can help you understand processes and options when social workers or courts are making decisions about your child’s welfare.

Our advice service is free, independent and confidential.

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By phone or email

To speak to an adviser, please call our free and confidential advice line 0808 801 0366 (Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm, excluding Bank Holidays). Or you can ask us a question via email using our advice enquiry form.

Discuss on our forums

Our online advice forums are an anonymous space where parents and kinship carers (also known as family and friends carers) can get legal and practical advice, build a support network and learn from other people’s experiences.

Advice on our website

Our get help and advice section describes the processes that you and your family are likely to go through, so that you know what to expect. Our webchat service can help you find the information and advice on our website which will help you understand the law and your rights.

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FGC Local Services

Family Rights Group hosts the family group conference and Lifelong Links network in England and Wales. Through the network we aim to promote the development of family group conferences and facilitate shared learning between local authorities and voluntary organisations that offer a family group conference service.

To learn more about family group conferencing please visit our webpages here. If you have any queries, please email

Search our listings below to view local family group conference services and contact details.

Family Rights Group is not responsible for these services. Services with an (N) are members of the Family Group Conference and Lifelong Links Network. Those with an (A) are accredited services, and those with an (I) are independently evaluated.

Barnardo’s Falkirk Pathways

Karen Head

Barnardo's Falkirk Pathways

Watling Lodge
Tamfourhill Road



Simon McGowan/Sara Ali/Fiona McBride

Unit 8000
Academy Park
Gower street
G51 1PR

Voluntary organisation

Child welfare


Edinburgh family group decision making service

City of Edinburgh
Level 4, Room 42
249 High Street
EH10 1YJ

Glasgow North East family group decision making service


Margot Thomson


Glasgow City Health and
Social Care Partnership
North East Children and Families
Family Group Decision Making
G34 0NB


Linda Richards

Perth and Kinross

Almondbank House
Lewis Place

West Lothian supporting families service


Simon McGowan

Children 1st
West Lothian Supporting Families Service
7 Gardners Lane
EH48 1TP

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