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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.


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...


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...


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...


Finding strength in small changes

Children 1st local managers Froya Rossvoll and Lorna Mulholland explain how our work in Aberdeenshire is making a difference to children and families.Here’s a story about an Aberdeenshire family: a mum, dad and three young children. Neither parents had a...


Creating win win wins in the West of Scotland

Children 1st local manager Ruth Ritchie explains how through partnership we’re making a bigger difference for children and families in Argyll and Bute.Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides. Getting there from the mainland isn’t cheap or...


Making a difference in Moray - the holistic way

Children 1st local manager Lorna Mulholland explains how our work in Moray is making a difference to children and families.It’s Saturday morning, and a Moray family is getting ready to go out. Just like other families across the county. But...