My Family, My Rights Programme

Please join us to mark the launch of our My Family, My Rights programme

My Family, My Rights Highland – 6, 7, 8 November
My Family, My Rights Glasgow (includes Scottish Families AGM) – 23 November 2019
My Family, My Rights Fife – 22 February 2020

In November 2018, the Scottish Government published ‘Rights, Respect and Recovery’, Scotland’s national alcohol and drug strategy. This introduces what we have called transformational rights for families affected by alcohol and drugs.

This includes universal rights which apply to all individuals, families, and communities:

  • The right to health
  • The right to a life free from the harms of alcohol and drugs.

The Strategy also states that individuals, families, and communities should be:

  • Treated with dignity and respect
  • Fully supported within communities to find their own type of recovery.

For families, the Strategy makes three specific Commitments, summarised as:

1. Family members will have access to support in their own right and, where appropriate, will be included in their loved one’s treatment and support. (Commitment C1)

2. All families will have access to services provided through a whole family approach. (Commitment C2)

3. Children, parents and other family members are involved in the planning, development, and delivery of services at a local, regional and national level. (Commitment C3)


The Strategy recognises that “The Whole Family Needs Support”, and defines families as “anyone who is concerned about someone else’s drug or alcohol use, including family members, carers, friends, neighbours, siblings, older children, partners, parents, grandparents, formal and informal kinship carers, work colleagues or any other ‘Concerned Significant Others’.”

Scottish Families is launching a My Family, My Rights programme of work to help ensure that the rights and commitments outlined in Rights, Respect and Recovery become reality for families across Scotland.

Our My Family, My Rights programme includes:

    • My Family, My Rights events (in Glasgow, Highland, and Fife).
    • Campaigning and awareness-raising – so families and services are aware of these new rights and commitments, how to access them and what to do if their rights are not upheld;
    • Learning and development – so families and the workforce can learn more about a rights-based approach for families and how to bring this to life;
    • Advocacy training for our staff and volunteers – so our work is embedded in a robust rights-based framework (working in partnership with Reach Advocacy); and
    • Advocacy support for families – so we can test out whether families need additional support to access their rights, and how this can best be delivered across Scotland.

Thank you to our My Family, My Rights funders:

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