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Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution Newsletter | August 2016


SCCR National Surveys 2016 - there is still time to take part!

Family arguments and disagreements are normal but if left unresolved they can have a devastating impact on health, well-being and life chances. In 2015-2016, almost 4,500 Scottish young people 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

Housing First for Youth and the Role of Family Mediation/Reconnection 

28 July 2016

This month we were honoured to have a blog from Melanie Redman, Executive Director of A Way Home Canada. A Way Home is not only an organisation, but a movement for change that is cropping up in various locations internationally. Melanie is also the Chair of the Youth Homelessness Research Priority Area at the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness. Melanie’s passion for systemic change led her to co-create A Way Home.

'When I write about the importance of Family First, it seems so obvious why it’s critical in preventing and ending youth homelessness, yet we invest so little in the model, despite having evidence of extremely positive outcomes.'


Upcoming events

FREE SCCR Survey Consultation Event - #HaveYourSay - East Lothian

East Lothian - 8th September

Do you work with young people and families in East Lothian and the surrounding areas and Local Authorities? Then we want to hear from you. Come along to our SCCR National Survey Consultation Event and #HaveYourSay.

Every year in Scotland, the life chances of almost 4,500 young people are left hanging in the balance as they become homeless due to family relationships breaking down. That’s the equivalent of nearly five high schools worth of pupils! But they are just the tip of the iceberg; we know that many more families are struggling behind closed doors. When we launched we carried out national survey and consultation work to verify the scale of the problem. Now, three years after our initial survey work, we want to hear from you again.

Free training opportunity for Kinship Carers 

Dumfries and Galloway - 13th September

Perth and Kinross - 31st October

Families can be complicated, loving, difficult, complex and conflicting even on a good day. Find out a bit more about resolving conflicts and improving relationships. This half-day workshop has been tailored to suit the needs of kinship families. It explores what conflict is, reviewing relationships, identifying potential triggers and ‘silly wee things’, reflecting on growing up, and looking at how we can respond to situations to find a resolution.

The course is short, simple, informative and interactive allowing you to share experiences and discuss Related issues with others. The event will focus on you as a kinship carer and the unique family relationships you have with your child, or children that you look after.

Free accredited training opportunity

Stirling - 22nd September

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 opportunity

Edinburgh - 3rd November

Are our day to day disagreements and conflicts bringing about positive change and improving how we interact with one another, or is it destroying relationships and  increasing suffering? ‘Compassion’ – that which opens our heart to our own suffering and that of the other - is essential for guiding how we respond and for treating ourselves with  kindness and being able to see the other as a human being who also has had many highs and lows just like ourselves. This FREE SEMINAR is facilitated by Githa Overton, mediator and yoga practitioner, and aims to refine our conception of compassion and to distinguish it from many other closely related experiences such as empathy. Participants will be introduced to some experiential exercises that are used to cultivate compassion and will consider compassion in the context of wider and divisive conflicts.

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As I work with young people who are already homeless it will help how I work with them and how to deal with conflict in the building between yoiung people.

Understand, Communicate and Resolve training attendee, August 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.

From the forum

Chatter in the Community

We’re talking about ….
  • “Feeling the Wrath - mediator or bouncer?”  
  • “Untangling the Knots in Kilmarnock"
  • “Britain's teen girls struggling with mental health"
  • "Improving Connections"

Last month around 1700 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 1700 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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Useful statistics

57% of young people present as homeless because their relationship with their family breaks down.


More stats and research on our website


Amber Mediation Service Celebrates 10 Years

In September 2006, Cyrenians launched the Amber mediation service to address youth homelessness in the Edinburgh region. The innovative conflict resolution model developed by the Amber service was unique in offering a dual approach to helping young people and their families overcome conflict and other destructive behaviour patterns by combining both family mediation and individual one-to-one advice in a single support package.

In 2009 the Amber model was cited by the Scottish Government as “best practice” in prevention of homelessness, and went on to be expanded into the East and West Lothian regions, along with the introduction of conflict resolution workshops for groups of young people in schools and youth centres.

To mark the tenth anniversary Amber are hosting a very special event in Edinburgh.

Date - 15th September 2016 4.30-7.00pm
Venue - Summerhall, Edinburgh
Book your place with the Amber team 0131 475 2493

The event will provide a programme of entertainment and keynote speakers relating the Amber story from a number of different perspectives, with a special address from Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland, Tam Bailie; along with offering the chance for supporters, colleagues, friends and past service users to mingle, chat and get to know one another while enjoying some light refreshments.


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.

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