Supporting birth parents whose child(ren) have been permanently removed from their care.

This Scottish Government fund aims to improve support for birth parents who no longer have care of their children on a permanent basis as a result of child protection processes.

This fund is focused on community-based organisations with significant experience in supporting parents affected by child protection proceedings and which deliver frontline services.

Projects applying to this fund must be able to demonstrate that they will take a relational, trauma responsive approach which is unconditional and reflective of the unique and complex needs birth parents may have. Please ensure you read the criteria document

Closing date 12pm 27 January 2022

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Eligibility and Fund information

The fund is divided into two strands: 

  1. Diagnostic Route 

This route will offer funds of up to £50,000 and facilitate work that: 

  • enables organisations to scope the issues and barriers that affect how birth parents are supported during child protection proceedings 
  • identifies needs and gaps 
  • co-produces ideas with parents who have experience of the child protection system
  • conducts small tests of change

Action Route 

This route will offer funds of up to £100,000 and will facilitate: 

  • Upscaling, securing or implementation of service provision on a larger scale, allowing organisations to secure or sustain existing service provision.  
  • Delivery of new bespoke intensive support services to address a known and evidenced gap, or services like peer support or advocacy support or grief and trauma counselling. 
  • Implementation of a systems change projects supporting parents, with radical changes to protocol and practice.  This would be a workforce development type approach. 
  • Throughcare for parents leaving custody/prison settings. 

The fund is open to public sector organisations, charities, social enterprises, community groups and other voluntary organisations that have independent governance and an asset lock. 

The involvement of birth parents with lived experience in the project proposal will be a key assessment criteria, and we are particularly interested in applications which include coproduction approaches to service design, delivery and review. 

Application and Criteria

We would strongly encourage you to discuss your idea with one of the Corra team as soon as possible. We will be able to help you with any questions you might have and can help to make sure they are a good fit for the criteria. You can email Shaunagh@corra.scot to arrange a suitable time to discuss your idea.  

Criteria and Guidance

Supporting birth parents FAQs

Action route

Action Route – Application Guidance

Action route – Application form

Diagnostic route

Diagnostic Route – Application Guidelines

Diagnostic Route – Application form 

Next Steps

Funds open  Closing date for applications  Funding decisions announced 
December 8 2021  12 Noon on 27th January  2021  March 2022 

The team is always happy to talk, whether it’s about an application, or a grant you already hold. Please get in touch by emailing shaunagh@corra.scot or calling us on 0131 444 4020. 

If you have any questions which are not covered in the FAQs please contact us by phone or email. If you’d like more detailed information or support with your application, you can book a one-to-one funding advice session by phone or video chat.  

We are not able to look at draft applications, so it is best to chat to us before you complete the form.