Aberlour Family Service – Aberdeen


We help families on the ‘edge of care’ to stay together while giving them the help and support they need to prevent a child from being taken into care.

In partnership with VSA and Aberdeen City Council, Aberlour Family Service – Aberdeen or ‘Insight’ helps families who are struggling. The families we support need help for many reasons. Our workers spend time with children, young people and their parents to understand what the family needs to thrive. Because we know that family life can be difficult for many reasons, our approach is always sympathetic and non-judgemental.

How we help

Our ‘Insight’ service provides an independent, evidence-based assessment to assist in the decision-making process for children who are on the edge of care. We provide community-based specialist parenting capacity assessments and interventions, while helping parents learn the skills they need to parent their children at home safely. Because we work so closely with families, we can help them demonstrate whether they can consistently meet the needs of their children. Therefore, we look at all elements of the child’s safety and well-being from physical to emotional, social to educational.

Our service is flexible, so we give support outside of usual office hours. Because we understand the challenges our families face, we also recognise they need assistance at all times of the day and realise that crises can occur at any time. As a result, we ensure that our team spend time in family homes and community settings.

Reasons that families might need our help include:

  • Parental substance misuse
  • Domestic abuse
  • Parental mental health
  • Parent having a learning difficulty/disability
  • Impact of parents’ adverse childhood experiences
  • A combination of these factors

All referrals for our service come through Aberdeen City Council. If you are a professional who would like to make a referral, please contact us.

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Contact Details

Aberlour Family Service – Aberdeen
8 Sunnybank Road

AB24 3NG


(01224) 483 381