What do we do?

Aberlour provides specialist care, support and advice to more than 6,000 vulnerable children and young people across Scotland each year. Established in Scotland more than 130 years ago, we run over 40 services, in partnership with local authorities, health boards and other agencies.

We provide the following range of services:

Residential and outreach support to families affected by problematic parental drug and alcohol use.

  • A range of community services aimed at vulnerable families to promote and enhance positive parenting, play, early learning and social skills.
  • A national service which provides a range of independent community based assessments for children aged 0-16 years of age and their families.
  • Residential care and locally based programmes for children and young people with social, educational and behavioural difficulties.
  • Drop-in services offering advice, information and counselling to young people on issues such as health, bullying, relationships, housing and finance.
  • Outreach programmes offering young people access to activities that boost self-esteem and promote involvement in their communities.
  • A service working with children and young people who arrive in Scotland unaccompanied and separated from their families.
  • A range of intensive and practical support services for children and young people with disabilities and their families. This includes long term residential care – both full time and shared care, assessments leading to agreed support plans, individualised home-based support, residential and family based short breaks and help to access recreational resources.

Our roots lie in the Moray village of Aberlour, where, in 1875, Canon James Jupp established an orphanage. Since then, Aberlour has been responding to the constantly changing needs of Scotland’s children and families.