• Our Story & Our Impact

  • Parent Network Scotland (PNS) is a National parent-led organisation based in Glasgow

    Parent Network Scotland (PNS) is a National parent-led organisation based in Glasgow, but working across many local authorities in Scotland. PNS was originally part of Parent Line Plus in London, which was founded in 1986. Parent Network Scotland became independent in 1999 and developed a Scotland-wide network of facilitators.


    Majority funded by the Scottish Government, Big Lottery, Robertson Trust and the Corra Foundation, PNS is also supported by a range of contracts from the voluntary and statutory sector. The organisation now has a staff team based in Glasgow with trainees and Family Hub Coordinators based in several local authorities.

    PNS believes in peer to peer support, and that parents themselves have the solutions to many of the challenges they face, with the support and encouragement of trained parent facilitators, and of other parents.

    PNS believe that parents matter because children matter.


    Dr Kelly is an Associate Tutor and Deputy Director of the MSc in Educational Psychology, School of Psychology and Health within the University of Strathclyde. The British Psychological Society requires that Associate Educational Psychology teaching posts are linked concurrently to relevant posts providing practice in the field. Dr Kelly has 20 years of experience as Senior Educational Psychologist in Scotland. She has a focus on the development of effective real world interventions.

    As Lead Editor and author Dr Kelly has developed the frameworks concept for Educational Psychology, integrating models to create coherence from epistemology to practice protocols. The key text Kelly, Woolfson and Boyle (2008) Frameworks for Practice in Educational Psychology is now in its second edition and is listed as essential reading across Educational Psychology Programmmes in the UK, Ireland and in New Zealand and Australia.

    In the international context Dr Kelly is Lead Editor and Author, Cambridge Handbook of Implementation Science for Psychology in Education

    PNS commissioned external evaluation in 2008 by Dr Kelly et al., which was predominantly qualitative and based on self-report. Results from this study were strongly positive.

  • Who uses PNS?

    Over the past 5 years 3000 parents have taken part in PNS courses, mainly delivered in areas of significant social disadvantage. Evaluation evidence shows that:

    Parents who use PNS reflect the social, ethnic and cultural diversity of their communities.

    Engagement and retention rates are high, typically between 80-90%.

    At least two-thirds of parents come from the lowest 20% of the population based on disposable income, and only one in 10 are owner occupiers.

    75% of parents attending PNS are unwaged, 40% lone parents, and half of parents have English as a second language.


  • Over 90% of parents completing

    PNS rate group leader competence, knowledge and motivational skills very