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Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution Newsletter | June 2016


SCCR National Surveys 2016

Family arguments and disagreements are normal but if left unresolved they can have a devastating impact on health, well-being and life chances. In 2014-2015, 5,000 Scottish young people (the equivalent of 5 high schools) presented as homeless due to family relationship breakdown. 

Our 2016 National Survey has been designed to get input from young people, parents/carers and those working with families. We appreciate that discussing family life is not always easy, but in completing this survey and sharing your views, you will be helping us develop resources to support your needs and those of other families in Scotland.


Take part and have your say...

-        Professional/Practitioner survey
-        Parent/Carer survey
-        Young people survey

Should you have any questions or concerns about the survey, or would like to find out more about the services we offer, please get in touch: or 0131 475 2493

Thank you for taking the time to share your views and experiences.

Please help us distribute these surveys by circulating to any contacts you think this would be of interest to.


From the blog

“Any fool can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a daddy…” Anon.

17 June 2016

This month we celebrated Fathers Day. We asked our friends at Fathers Network Scotland to write a blog for us about what being a dad means to them and for others in Scotland.

A great dad means that you have to play like a kid, give advice like a friend and protect like a bodyguard and much more. It can be daunting and challenging, especially for new dads, but it will change your life forever and make a better man of you."

Upcoming events

Free accredited training opportunity

Edinburgh - 18th July

Moray - 19th August

The subject of conflict resolution is vast; however, this training identifies generic core elements that individuals, irrespective of their role, will benefit from. The training will give participants the opportunity to reflect on and understand some of the dynamics of conflict within relationships. The training supports the overall aim of the SCCR - to reduce the risk of youth homelessness through reducing family conflict.

The course is aimed at practitioners working with families, parents and young people and has been designed in such a way that it allows the practitioner to share their knowledge and experience with like-minded individuals. The delivery is informal and is a mix of presentation, discussion, activity and evaluation.

FREE SEMINAR - A practical guide to dealing with anger and strong emotions in family conflict

Glasgow - 10th August

Anger is a potent force in conflict, it can be creative and show the way, opening things up, letting everyone know where they stand, or it can be destructive, blow up in our faces and increase rigidity and damage the mediation process. In the work at Cyrenians Amber Mediation Service, with parents and young people, anger is often present and a factor when mediations get hard. We try to harness anger in a positive way to avoid it overflowing and overwhelming useful communication. If not handled well it can lead to a loss of faith in the process. This FREE SEMINAR is facilitated by Paul Burns, experienced young people and family mediator.

FREE SEMINAR - The Bigger Picture

West Lothian - 25th August

Family therapists work with families to help explore their problems in different ways. They find it extremely useful to help families look at their generational patterns, beliefs, and communication styles, and to think about different kinds of relationships within their family. In order to do this, they help families construct genograms – diagrams like family trees – where they can gather lots of useful information in one big picture. This FREE seminar will be facilitated by Lora Thomson, qualified relationship counsellor and who has completed the foundation year of family therapy training. 

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the training offers constructive and practical solutions to help defuse situations and family conflict. Having knowledge of the factors which increase conflict is helpful in order to help support families.

Understand, Communicate and Resolve training attendee, June 2016



The SCCR can deliver free training to understand and manage conflict better to young people, their families and the organisations or groups who work with them, and we are keen to work in partnership with others.

If you are interested in hosting a training event or have an idea for a seminar, local event or blog, please do get in touch! 

The SCCR can also come and present to your team or group if you would like to find out more about what we do.
You can email us at or call us on 0131 475 2493.


Duncan's Diary: the life of an SCCR Trainer

This month I've been out delivering a variety of training sessions. I started off in Glasgow delivering an open session. We had some really nice feedback from the attendees including "I will now be able to discuss with parents ways of reducing or avoiding conflict within the family". Next it was on the mum groups at the Citadel Youth Centre with some great parents doing a great job with their little ones. Then onto Perth for an Open session delivery, which was well attended with 22 practitioners from various sectors including education, local authorities and local agencies. I was back in Glasgow again but this time for the first of two sessions for frontline staff at YPeople, it was a lovely warm day and the evaluations indicated they all left benefitting from the training, looking forward to meeting the next batch of staff.

See you next month!

Duncan, SCCR Trainer

From the forum

Chatter in the Community

We’re talking about ….
  • “Managing the heat during different opinions”  
  • “2016 is Year of the Dad"
  • “Child protection or family support perceptions"
  • "#HaveYourSay National Surveys"

Last month around 1500 people viewed the forum. This means that by taking 5 minutes of your time to post, you are sharing your knowledge, experience and ideas with around 1500 people who will potentially benefit from it or be encouraged to share what they have read with someone else. Let’s build this community together

Come and join in the conversation.


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Tweet of the week

Citadel Parents & Young Mums learn about and discuss 'relationships' & 'conflict' at today's Training


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Photo of the week


Mediation Theory and Practice Journal Vol 1, No 1 (2016)

Last Year Abbey Krause, SCCR Mediator and Conflict Resolution Advisor submitted a paper to Mediation Theory and Practice.

The journal w
elcomes empirical, theoretical and practice-based articles which display originality in terms of their theoretical developments, use of empirical materials, transfer and exchange of knowledge between academic, practitioner and policy audiences. Overall, articles address the implications of theory and research for informing practice and vice versa.

The SCCR submission was a conference report of our "Stop. Talk. Listen. Challenging the Culture of Conflict" 5th National Conference. The journal is now live for all to view and we are honoured to have been included.


Find out more


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
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57 Albion Road
Edinburgh, EH7 5QY
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