Below are links to national play organisations, organisations relating to play, and other useful contacts relating to children and young people.

Click on the organisations name and this will take you to their web page.  Should any links be broken please do let us know

Aberlour Child Care Trust

Aberlour Child Care Trust is the largest, solely Scottish, children’s charity, providing help to over 6000 of Scotland’s most vulnerable children and young people.

Asthma UK

Asthma UK funds world-class research, provides expert advice and support, and campaigns for change on the issues that affect people with asthma.


Support the UK’s largest children’s charity. Our children’s services help children in poverty, support young carers and help families looking to foster or adopt.

Bookbug – Scottish Book Trust

Discover the benefits of sharing stories, songs and rhymes with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers to give them the best start in life.

British Association of Play Therapists

The British Association of Play Therapists is the first and foremost professional body for Play Therapists in the UK. 

Care Inspectorate

Care Inspectorate are the national regulator for care services in Scotland. They inspect services and evaluate the quality of care they deliver.

Carers Scotland

Provides help and advice for carers in Scotland.

Carers Trust Scotland

Carers Trust Scotland is the largest provider of comprehensive carers support services in Scotland. They seek to improve support, services and recognition for carers in communities across Scotland. 

Canongate Youth Project, Edinburgh

Their vision is for children and young people in Edinburgh and the Lothians to be healthy, happy and secure, belong in their communities and become confident and fulfilled adults.

Capability Scotland

Capability Scotland campaigns with, and provides education, employment and care services for disabled children and adults across Scotland.

Child Accident Prevention Trust

The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) is the UK’s leading charity working to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents. They give free child safety advice to parents and carers, support professionals working with children and families, support senior professionals and policymakers and advise the government and organisations on child safety.

ChildLine  Tel: 0800 11 11

Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.

Care and Learning Alliance Scotland


Care and Learning Alliance (CALA) is the largest third sector early learning and childcare organisation serving Highland and Moray. Through partnership working with local authorities, social enterprises and other third sector organisations, CALA promotes a culture of ‘getting it right for every child’.

Change 4 Life

Change 4 Life helps you take the steps towards getting yourself and your kids eating well, moving more and living longer. 

Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland

Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland uses their understanding of what causes poverty to campaign for policies that will prevent and solve poverty. They also provide training, advice and information to make sure families get the financial support they need.

Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland

The Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland is Bruce Adamson. He works with his team to protect children’s human rights: the rights of children and young people.

Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

Children 1st

Scotland’s National Children’s Charity exists to prevent abuse and neglect, to protect children and keep them safe from harm.

Creative Star Learning

Creative STAR Learning Ltd was established in 2007 by Juliet Robertson to provide Support, Training, Advice and Resources on almost all aspects of outdoor learning and play.

Dads Rock

Dads Rock believe Dads matter, and want Dads and society to see and feel the importance of them being actively involved with their children.

Early Years Scotland

Early Years Scotland is committed to providing the very best start in life for every child in Scotland. 

Edinburgh Under 5s

EFUF was born in 1986 when a group of NCT members decided to produce a pamphlet for parents and carers in Edinburgh and asked for a loan from Edinburgh NCT. The publication quickly grew − into a book, in fact, and was first published in 1987. 

Enable Scotland

A membership organisation in Scotland for people with learning disabilities and family carers.

Family and Care Trust

Aims to make the UK a better place for families, through research, campaigning and information provision, and working with government, employers and parents.

Family Lives 

Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. 

Fatherhood Institute

The Fatherhood Institute’s vision is a society that gives all children a strong and positive relationship with their father and any father-figures; supports both mothers and fathers as earners and carers; and prepares boys and girls for a future shared role in caring for children.

Fields in Trust

Fields in Trust champions and supports our parks and green spaces by protecting them for people to enjoy in perpetuity. Because once lost, they are lost forever.


Flip – disability equality in the arts supports organisations of all sizes to embed disability equality within the fabric of their working practice.


The charity supporting single parent families to live secure, happy and fulfilling lives.

Grounds for Learning

Grounds for Learning aim to enable children to connect with nature, be more active, be more engaged with their learning.

International Play Association

IPA member groups initiate a wide variety of projects that promote the child’s right to play. 

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Independent development and social research charity, supporting a wide programme of research and development projects in housing, social care etc.


Licketyspit – Opening playworlds for children and families through theatre, stories, music, drama-led play…firing imaginations & creating communities!

Living Streets

Living Streets is the national charity that stands up for pedestrians. They work with you to create safe, attractive, enjoyable streets where it’s great to walk.

National Autistic Society

Founded in 1962, the National Autistic Society are the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. Their goal is to help transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.


Netmums is the UK’s biggest parenting website offering local info, expert parenting advice, chat and support.

NHS Health Scotland

Working for a fairer healthier Scotland.

One Parent Families Scotland

Providing help and support to all single parent families across Scotland; mums, dads, young parents and kinship carers.

Parent Network Scotland

PNS runs workshops, co-ordinates support groups and provides training tailored to meet the needs of parents in communities across Scotland.

Parenting Across Scotland

Supporting children, parents and families in Scotland.

Parenting UK

Parenting UK, part of Family Lives, is the membership body for parenting support and education. They exist to achieve better parenting by raising awareness of parenting issues and improving the performance of the parenting workforce.


Help and advice for parents,  part of Children’s 1st.


National celebration of play usually held on the first Wednesday of August every year.

Primary Times

Primary Times is a magazine for parents, pupils and teachers in the primary school sector across the UK and Ireland.


Quarriers is one of Scotland’s leading social care charities. They provide practical care and support for vulnerable children, adults and families who face extremely challenging circumstances. They challenge poverty and inequality of opportunity to bring about positive changes in people’s lives.

Ready Steady Baby

Planning on having a baby, are already pregnant, or are supporting a partner or a friend, find out all about pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

Ready Steady Toddler

Ready Steady Toddler! Explore our hands-on guide to help you through the challenges and rewards of the toddler years.

Scottish Government

The Scottish Government is the devolved government for Scotland and has a range of responsibilities that include: the economy, education, health, justice, rural affairs, housing, environment, equal opportunities, consumer advocacy and advice, transport and taxation.

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

The SQA has two main roles: accreditation, and awarding qualifications.

Scottish Youth Parliament

The Scottish Youth Parliament is the democratically elected voice of Scotland’s young people.  

Save the Children

Save the Children supports children to learn, grow and become who they want to be.

Scottish Adoption

Scottish Adoption focuses exclusively on delivering high quality, innovative services to all affected by adoption in Scotland and further afield.

Smart Play Network

Smart Play Network is the national organisation supporting play services and play providers in Scotland.

The Yard Adventure Playground

The Yard is a purpose built indoor and outdoor adventure playground for children and young people with disabilities. Located in Edinburgh and Dundee.

Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid are a grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services and
build a future where domestic violence is not tolerated.


Information and opportunities for young people in Scotland.

Youth Scotland

Youth Scotland is the network of youth clubs and groups across Scotland.

YouthLink Scotland

YouthLink Scotland is the national agency in Scotland for youth work.