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Describing One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS)

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Key Statistics

  • Of all families with dependent children 31% (191,000) were single parent families
  • Most single parents have just one child
  • Less than 2% of single parents are teenagers
  • Over 90% of single parents are women
  • The average age of a single parent is 38 years
  • 67% of single parents are in paid work
  • Children in single parent families are twice at risk of living in poverty than those in couple families. 47% single parent families v’s 24% couple parent families
  • Single parents will lose around 15% of net income by 2021/22 due to 2010-17 tax & benefit reforms
  • Over 63% of children in single parent families are expected to live in poverty by 2021/22

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 2018-19.

Accounts for the financial year 18-19 are 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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