Our local Home-Starts across Scotland support over 3000 families and nearly 6000 children very year.

Our local community network of over 1000 trained volunteers work with families from before birth through to school age offering compassionate, confidential help to parents when they need us most.

Our focus is on enabling parents and carers to be the warm, consistent and nurturing adults they want to be so that their children get the best possible start in life. Starting in the home our approach is as individual as the people we are helping – on most days of the week you will find teams of great parent to parent supporters involved in activities as diverse as offering one to one support around perinatal mental health problems, increasing breastfeeding through local support groups, getting children outdoors through gardening and messy play days, tackling the attainment gap in partnership with schools, bringing lonely or isolated parents together to forge new friendships and getting dads involved in antenatal workshops.

Home-Start in Scotland brings the Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) approach to life by bringing family support to the parents and carers who need it most because childhood can’t wait.

Our experienced volunteers are trained and supported to work effectively within the Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) approach.

We also work towards GIRFEC by supporting parents to cope with adversity and build resilience. We help them improve their children’s wellbeing. 

We measure that change using the SHANARRI indicators:

Safe – Developing warm, consistent parenting in a safe environment
Healthy – Understanding their child’s physical and mental health needs and the services available
Achieving – Making learning fun, understanding child development and supporting children to reach full potential
Nurtured – Providing warm and caring family relationships that promote positive attachments
Active – Creating or providing appropriate opportunities for play and recreation with their children
Respected – Listening to their children and responding appropriately
Responsible – Involving their children in roles within the home
Included – Expanding their children’s social networks and utilising community services

Home-Start has a robust monitoring and evaluation system. This lets us show a child’s journey of change using the SHANARRI indicators. 

Every child in Scotland has a named person and Home-Start is committed to working in partnership with them.