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Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution Newsletter | March 2017


SCCR 7th National Conference - Transforming Conflict, Nurturing Human Relationships

On Wednesday 22 February the SCCR hosted its 7th National Conference – Transforming Conflict Nurturing Human Relationships. The conference provided an opportunity to shine a light on the importance of how we individually and collectively work and contribute to understanding and transforming conflict. It explored how early intervention can help to better support young people and families to manage conflict, as well as addressing the issue of youth homelessness in Scotland.

Speakers included the Minister for Childcare and Early Years Mark McDonald MSP, George Hosking OBE, WAVE Trust, Dr John Coleman OBE, University of Oxford; John Carnochan, OBE; and Ximena Vengoecha, Faculty of Advocates.

If you missed the conference you can find all of the content, speakers and our latest National Survey report on our new conference web page

(photo L-R – Drew Drummond, Drummond International and SCCR Patron, Mark McDonald MSP, Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Diane Marr, SCCR  and Ewan Aitken, Cyrenians)


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Useful statistics

76% of parents and 30% of young people said that arguments at home have affected their mental health.


More stats and research on our website


Watch our new Stop. Talk. Listen short film

Premiered at our 2017 Conference watch our new short film about a mum and daughter who have experienced family mediation and what it did for their relationship.

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SCCR National Survey 2016 - Reducing Conflict, Improving Lives

Our new report highlights how conflict at home causes mental health problems, family breakdown and at worst young people leaving, or being asked to leave the family home.

According to the SCCR’s snapshot of family conflict behind closed doors:

  • 45% of young people and 75% of parents say conflict at home happens at least weekly.
  • 18% of young people think about leaving home due to arguments at home at least on a monthly basis.
  • 76% of parents and 30% of young people said that arguments at home have affected their mental health.
Some other findings from the SCCR snapshot of family conflict in Scotland include:
  • The top three most common causes of arguments at home are: responsibility; young person doing what they want; respect.
  • 93% of parents would like to learn how to better manage arguments at home, with 60% of young people agreeing
  • 50% of young people and 81% of parents would like more support to address conflict at home to come from outside the family – but 40% and 30% (respectively) did not know of any support services in their area.
  • 87% of professionals agreed that conflict was a regular occurrence for families they worked with, with 80% saying homelessness and sofa surfing was something frequently experienced by their young clients.
Hard copies of the report are available on request.

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Thousands of families are affected by chronic conflict between parents and teenagers. Parents need support to better understand teenage development. Parent education, mediation and other types of conflict resolution have a big part to play in helping parents manage the adolescent stage of development more effectively, so that the generations learn to get on better together.

Dr John Coleman OBE, University of Oxford 
SCCR National Conference 2017


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Tweet of the week

Too many think that they are the only ones experiencing . It's important that they know they aren't alone


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The work of the SCCR is crucial to improving relationships of all types and will play a vital role in building better society and communities (home, social, work).

Conference 2017 Delegate  
Transforming Conflict, Nurturing Human Relationships


We're hiring!

Mediation and Conflict Resolution Advisor

We are seeking an innovative and experienced individual to work with us as a Mediation and Conflict resolution Advisor. This role is key to the development of specialist conflict resolution/mediation materials and to the ongoing development of the SCCR online resources and website


The post holder will also be responsible for writing and editing website content. You will also use selected social media platforms and other online communication tools to contribute to the success of our national campaigning and integrated social media strategy.  You will create highly engaging content that engages with our Scotland-wide audience of professionals, parents and young people. This role also requires online community engagement; encouraging participation and use of the multimedia resources and forum. 


You will also contribute to the development and delivery of accredited training resources and workshops, and represent the SCCR and Cyrenians’ Mediation and support services at local and national events/meetings, nurturing relationships with a wide range of collaborators and stakeholders.

Closing date 20th March 2017

Further details and link to apply below.

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Useful statistics

93% of parents would like to learn how to better manage arguments at home, with 60% of young people agreeing


More stats and research on our website


We acknowledge the support of the Scottish Government through a CYPFEIF and ALEC Fund Grant. Cyrenians is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), registered charity SC011052.

The Scottish Government
Scottish Centre For Conflict Resolution
Norton Park
57 Albion Road
Edinburgh, EH7 5QY
United Kingdom

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