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Describing One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS)

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Key Statistics

  • The majority of single parents are women in their 30’s and 65% are in employment.
  • There are 144,000 single parent families. 25% of all families with dependent children.
  • 4 out of 10 children in poverty in Scotland live in a single parent family – 90,000 children.
  • Single parents not in employment are more likely to have low or no qualifications compared to those in employment. 65% v’s 31%.
  • On average, single parent families in Scotland are expected to be more than £3,500 per annum worse off from UK welfare reform by 2021-22.
  • For single parents where both a parent and child has a disability the losses are expected to exceed £7,000 a year.
  • Poverty rates for children in single parent families are twice as high as those in couple families. 19% Single Parent Families v’s 39% Couple Parent Families.

See annual report below for references.

OPFS strategy 2019-24

The OPFS strategic plan describes what One Parent Families Scotland is working to achieve, in partnership with single parents, over the next three years. It is based on principles of equality, fairness and inclusion. We value and support the meaningful participation of single parents in shaping and delivering our services and to campaign for positive change in policies affecting single parents lives.

Strategic Plan 2019-24
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Annual Report and Accounts

View our annual report for 2020-21. Summary report also available.


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One Parent Families Scotland Introduction

One Parent Families Scotland is the leading charity working with single parent families in Scotland. We provide expert advice, practical support and campaign with parents to make their voices heard to change the systems, policies and attitudes that disadvantage single parent families.

One Parent Families Scotland Advice & Information service

One Parent Families Scotland offers single parents a wealth of advice and information on tailored topics, a dedicated free phone helpline, live chat and face-to-face family support services.

One Parent Families Scotland Health & Wellbeing service

OPFS knows that poverty and inequality, alongside the particular challenges that single parents across Scotland face, can have a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of both parent and child(ren). Find out more about our Health & Wellbeing services for single parents.

Support One Parent Families Scotland

Through our work with single parents in Scotland over the past 75 years, we have learnt that what family’s value most about One Parent Families Scotland is that we understand what it means to be the sole carer and breadwinner in the family – juggling work, education, childcare and quality time with children.

Please support our work by donating. Your money will make a real difference to the lives of many single parent families.

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