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Protecting children and relationships - even when it's tough

As parents we want to bring our children up to be healthy, happy and secure. And, we know that the relationships we build with our children, from their earliest moments in the womb, through their development as toddlers, children and...


A true story: the power to transform lives

Alison Todd A recent event at the Scottish Parliament was an opportunity for Children 1st to demonstrate how practice and policy based on strong relationships can transform children’s lives. Alison Todd reflects on this theme and what this means for...


Working it out - without the guilt

Are you a parent who’s returned to work after the Christmas break? How was it? Some parents dread the thought and feel guilty about spending less time with their children, while others can’t wait to get themselves and the whole...


Delivering justice for children

Assistant Director Anna O'Reilly and Policy Manager Harriet Hall write about the need for a new approach which provides care and justice for children who have been abused. As public awareness of child sexual abuse in football mounts, one thing...


Heating or eating? A desperate choice for families.

Poverty is an increasing and recurring issue for children and families that we support at Children 1st. We are seeing at first hand the impact of benefit sanctions and welfare reform on children and families in Scotland. Parents regularly talk...


Stronger charities through good leadership

For Trustees Week, our Vice-Chair Sandy MacDonald reflects on the qualities a charity trustee might need. I was asked last week if I'd be willing to write a blog for Trustees week. As with most occasions where I very quickly...


Helping yesterday's children be parents today

Children 1st local manager Johnny Costello explains how we’re making a difference for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and their families, in Scottish Borders. “Working with you has been a benefit. I have been able to make sense of...


A problem needn't become a crisis

Children 1st supports families across Edinburgh through difficult times. Local manager Gary Dewar explains. Our job is to make sure parents and carers in Edinburgh who are struggling to cope get the support they need. Giving help early – before...


A sound investment in families' futures

Children 1st local team leader Theresa Marsili explains how we’re making a difference to children and families in Glasgow. The terms Early Intervention and Prevention are public policy buzzwords. They refer to investment in activities aimed at addressing need at...


Opening doors for families in Dundee

Children 1st local manager Anita Roweth explains how our work in Dundee is making a difference to children and families. With a £1 billion redevelopment of its waterfront underway, Dundee will soon be visually transformed. But there’s another side the...


Stop to Listen

‘Stop to Listen’ is a new national partnership project led by Children 1st. It aims to drive improvement in how our child protection system responds when instances of child sexual abuse or exploitation come to light. Project manager Ruth Sills...


Why we’re asking Scotland to #createasmile

On September 5, International Day of Charity, we launched our #createasmile campaign: asking Scotland’s people to show children that they deserve a life free from abuse and neglect. So far, over 2,000 of you have done just that and we...