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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...


Making a difference as a student volunteer

When you’re studying at university or college it can already feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. Between lectures, tutorials, labs, reading, report writing, revising for exams, working part-time and the odd opportunity to socialise, it can feel...


Our justice system through children’s eyes – what’s the verdict?

Children 1st’s Acting Chief Executive, Mary Glasgow, welcomes the Scottish Government’s announcement of measures to protect child and vulnerable adult witnesses. But she asks – what would our system look like if it was truly designed around the needs of...


Resilience starts with relationships

In community hubs and church halls this summer, hundreds of conversations have started about how individuals, communities and society can transform the lives of both today’s and future generations of children, writes Mary Glasgow, Children 1st's acting Chief-Executive. The conversations...


Being a Dad

Children 1st Dads Worker Niko blogs about how we can support fathers to achieve the best outcomes for their children.