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ParentLine tips for surviving Christmas (and keeping its true spirit!)

As part of Children 1st's #GiveTheGift appeal, our ParentLine helpline want to share their 10 top tips for a stress-free Christmas (while keeping its true spirit alive!) To gift the gift of love, joy, hope or magic to someone special...


‘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...


Equal protection: it's time for action

Children 1st's vice-chair, Sandy McDonald, is convinced that the law on physical punishment needs to reflect society's values today.


The lines we don't cross

As Children 1st campaigns to give children #EqualProtection from assault, ParentLine’s Ann Jarvis has some thoughts about alternative ways to approach children’s behaviour when things get fraught.


Providing a better life - against the odds

“It's hard, difficult, stressful. I've had many pulled out hair moments. But I really want to show Evie that you have to work and have good values and I want to provide for her.” We wanted to share the story...


Time to tot up the costs of late intervention

It’s time for local authorities and partners to consider the cost of late intervention when it comes to supporting children.


Demand an end to child poverty

"Sometimes my Mum only eats toast, for every meal. Sometimes she doesn't eat anything at all so that there is enough for our tea." Throughout Scotland today, our teams see first-hand the devastating impact of welfare reform and benefit sanctions....


Parents are being let down by our law on physical punishment

If the Scottish Parliament were to pass a law today that allowed us to hit children; to “lawfully cause a child pain,” as the Sunday Times put it, there would be an outcry.


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...


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...


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...


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