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About us

Founded in 1884 as the RSSPCC and working now as CHILDREN 1ST, we are Scotland’s children’s charity putting Scotland’s CHILDREN 1ST.

We work to ensure every child and young person in Scotland has a happy, healthy, safe and secure childhood. We campaign for every child in Scotland to enjoy the best possible start in life and for no child to grow up in fear of abuse or violence.

We deliver 63 local services focused on the following:

  • Supporting children and young people to recover from the trauma of physical, sexual, domestic and emotional abuse, and of neglect  
  • Supporting children and families, particularly in the earliest years  Family
  • Protecting children
  • Engaging with communities to help keep children safe

We deliver five national services:

Every penny raised stays in Scotland. 87p in every £1 directly supports vulnerable    children, young people and families.

Our funding comes from a range of sources, including the Scottish Government and local authorities, as well as our own fundraising efforts. Almost half of our funding is raised by us - or actually, by you - through donations and other fundraising activities.

Archive records

We have thousands of historic records archived with The National Records of Scotland and Glasgow Caledonian University. These records help us to tell our story and the life stories of the children and families we have helped over the decades. If you would like access to the information in our archives please email info@children1st.org.uk or telephone 0131 466 2300.