Policy and Research

We work to achieve societal change, and this is at the heart of everything we do. We aim to bridge the gap between single parents and the decision-makers who have the power to make change happen.

  Contact: policy@opfs.org.uk  

Transforming Child Maintenance

Transforming Child Maintenance is a partnership project between Fife Gingerbread, IPPR Scotland, and One Parent Families Scotland. The project will work with parents, practitioners, and policymakers to make the case for a fairer system for children and families.

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The Promise

OPFS has released a new report, calling for greater support and commitment from Scottish Government and local authorities to increase the chances of children in the care system being reunited with their families in line with the ambitions of The Promise.

Impact reports

See our impact reports from the onset of the pandemic through to the cost-of-living crisis.

Climate change and a Just Transition

Read One Parent Families Scotland's report based on consultations with single parents around topics relating to the transition to net zero, aimed at informing the Scottish Government's Just Transition plans.

Living without a Lifeline

Read our research report based on survey of 260 single parents highlighting their experiences and priorities including the cost of living crisis.

Child Maintenance Service (CMS)

See reports and submissions relating to the CMS.

Scottish Government priorities and our recommendations

One Parent Families Scotland’s briefing on how the new Scottish Government’s Priorities (2021) will impact on single parents and our policy recommendations.

Programme for Government 2023

See briefing, setting out priorities for supporting single parents for Programme for Government.

COVID-19 recovery

See the policy and research work we have produced and contributed to on how to ensure a social and economic recovery from COVID-19 which works for single parents.

Welfare Reform

See our submissions and reports on Welfare Reform.

Scottish Social Security Benefits & Local Authority Discretionary Payments

OPFS has consulted widely with single parents and other parties before submitting our responses to consultations to Scottish Social Security Benefits.

Single Parent Families and Poverty in Scotland

We believe tackling child poverty should be an immediate policy priority for the Westminster and Scottish Governments.

Children's rights

See submissions from One Parent Families Scotland on children's rights issues in Scotland and the UK.


OPFS believes high quality, affordable, accessible and flexible childcare needs to be at the heart of early years policies.

Employment, Employability and Education

See submissions to the Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Committee and the Glasgow City Council - Colleges and Lifelong Learning Policy Commission.

Cost of the School Day - Participatory Budgeting Project

Parents supported by OPFS suggested ideas on how to use £10,000 in their school to reduce the cost of the school day.

Single Parent Proofing

OPFS was a partner in a UK wide “Participatory One Parent Proofing” initiative funded by the Big Lottery. Also, OPFS created a Proofing Framework specifically for Glasgow Lone Parents.

One Parent Families Manifesto: 2019 General Election

In the lead up to the 2019 General Election, we published a five-point manifesto of policies which we urge all parties to support.

Making It Work Evaluations

Making it Work was a national programme operating in five areas in Scotland. It targeted single parents with young children in receipt of any benefit and experiencing additional barriers to employment.

Women’s Unfair Responsibility for Unpaid Care and Domestic Work

The Scottish Parliaments EHRCJ Committee agreed to undertake introductory work into ‘the impact of women’s unfair responsibility for unpaid care and domestic work during the pandemic and as we emerge from it’.

Submission to consultation from Edinburgh College

Read our submission to consultation from Edinburgh College on its draft strategic framework.