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Our Service:

Children and Family Services

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Across our children, young people, family and educations services we provide mental, emotional, social, and practical care and support.


We ensure that vulnerable children have their voices heard, advocate for their rights and help make positive changes to their lives.

VSA helping children and families to thrive.

We support children from birth into adulthood, and across all of our services we help children and young people gain confidence and independence; so that they can realise their potential and lead happy and healthy lives.

Our work focuses on providing the foundations that a child and their family need to thrive. We support children and families living with a wide range of issues such as poverty, abuse, and difficult behaviours; through to giving parents the support and information they need to respond and care for their child's needs.

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A core focus of our work is supporting children (and their families) who are living with additional support needs (ASN). All children and young people need support to learn, however, some children need more support to help them through education and in preparation for life after school. An additional support need can be short or long term depending on the type of ASN.

An ASN can be due to:

  • learning disabilities
  • learning difficulties
  • mental health issues
  • autism
  • adverse life experiences/ family circumstances
  • emotional, social and behavioural difficulties

VSA provides specialist ASN and autism training for professionals. Click here to visit our training and development pages for further information.

All of our work with children and families is underpinned by:

Aberdeen City School Counselling Service

Aberdeen City School Counselling Service

VSA works in partnership with Aberdeen City Council to deliver school based counselling services for children and young people aged 8-18.
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Friends for Life Club - ASN

Friends for Life Club - ASN

Our Friends for Life Club provides children and young people aged 6-25 living with additional support needs (ASN) a stimulating environment where they can build friendships through social interaction and learn new skills.
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