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Sharing our journey to ACE awareness

Our interim CEO Mary Glasgow shares her thoughts about speaking at the international ACE Aware Nation Conference about Children 1st’s journey to become more trauma-informed. In my role leading Children 1st, I regularly find myself having conversations with lots of...


Is your child starting school? A head teacher's tips for emotional wellbeing

As little children across Scotland get ready to start school for the first time, families are making all the final preparations. New uniforms, bags and pencils. But what of the emotional preparations that are needed? We talked to Geraldine Smith,...


Old is the new new for simple summers

With August nearly upon us, our volunteer mentor co-ordinator Maggie takes a nostalgic look back to the heatwave of 1976 and suggests some simple activities from back in the day. As someone wrinkly enough to remember the hot, hot summer...


Football is at a crossroads and survivors cannot be ignored any longer

Mary Glasgow, Interim Chief Executive, Children 1st writes about the interim report of the review into child sexual abuse in football.


A nanny recommends...summer around Scotland

Rachael With the summer holidays now in full swing, Parentline volunteer and part-time nanny Rachael has a whistle-stop tour of activities around Scotland to keep the kids entertained without breaking the bank. Scotland is full of interesting museums of art,...


How would your child describe you as a dad?

Dads Worker Niko talks about his work supporting dads in Edinburgh to be the best fathers they can be for their children.


What can you offer to a cause you believe in?

For Volunteers Week 2018, our Vice-Chair Sandy MacDonald gives an insight into what being a voluntary Board member entails and why he’d encourage others to consider doing it. For Children 1st, the responsibility of the Board of Management is clearly...


Left to their own Devices?

“They gave her the Device when she was only two years old. It had a sophisticated graphical interface, sending signals along her optic nerve that swiftly transported her brain to an alternative universe – a captivating other world. By the...


The space to find your own solutions

In this blog, ParentLine volunteer Lizzie explains that: "In a world where everything’s going at 90 miles an hour, ParentLine gives you the space, time and support to think about parenting." We’re somebody detached to talk things through with. We’re...


The difference between living and surviving

Anna O'Reilly, Assistant Director, writes about the impact of sexual abuse on adult survivors who didn't receive the right help as children. In Children 1st we have the privilege to get to know and support many adults who experienced sexual...


My Hopes for Children in the Year of Young People

In this guest blog, Minister for Childcare and Early Years Maree Todd writes about her hopes for children in the Year of Young People 2018. From touring Fife in a minibus on a children’s rights road trip with Members of...


‘Smacking ban’ or Equal Protection? Sorting the myths from the facts

There has been no shortage of commentary about the Scottish Government’s announcement that it will ensure John Finnie’s proposed Member’s Bill to give children equal protection from assault becomes law. While much of the media coverage has been supportive, some...