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Evolving in Edinburgh to help families thrive

Children 1st supports families across Edinburgh through difficult times. Local manager Gary Dewar explains how our work in the city is evolving.How we support families is constantly developing as our understanding of their needs improves, and as contexts change. So...


Helping parents when their child needs help

On UN Day of Parents, helpline volunteer Antonia Hamilton writes about how she supports parents worried about bullying and social media – and how she keeps up with the complexities of life today.I recently read an article about a school...


Building trust in the Borders

Children 1st local manager Johnny Costello explains how our work in Scottish Borders is making a difference to children and families.In February we welcomed Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, to Children 1st in Selkirk. He...


Making a difference for parents and carers

ParentLine Scotland is the national helpline, email and web-chat service for anyone caring for or concerned about a child. Manager Alan Forgie explains the difference it’s making to children and families across Scotland.Each spring, as one financial year ends and...


Giving children back their childhoods

As I looked though the Sunday Times Giving List at the millions pledged and given to good causes the other week I was reminded of a letter I read many years ago. Written on a small piece of light blue...


That Friday feeling comes to Glasgow Gorbals

When Children 1st starts work with a child or family it’s because they are going through difficult times and we believe we can help. Our family support workers focus on enabling them to cope better, to feel more included, and...


Setting the record straight on child physical punishment

To talk of ‘smacking’ is to minimise what is a fundamental issue for our society. The fact is that children in Scotland have less legal protection than adults from physical assault.We commend the Minister for Children and Young People for...


ParentLine - a lifeline during children's early years

Becoming a parent makes absolute beginners of us all. You might prepare by reading books, or by asking other parents for tips. But acting on such advice doesn’t necessarily give you the results you hoped for. Or, what worked with...


A beacon of hope in the Borders

Alison ToddIn January I visited the Scottish Borders to find out more about our work in the area. With me was a member of the of the Children 1st Board. We came away, as we always do when visiting Children...


Supporting parents in Dundee to put children first

At a ‘stovies and stories’ night, parents in Dundee spoke about why a peer support group run by Children 1st is a vital lifeline for them – and how we support them to put their children first.


What hope this New Year for children who have been abused?

Alison ToddThe panto season is over but through this New Year life for thousands of Scotland’s children is set to become a pantomime without a happy ending.These children will have been sexually abused by someone who they should have been...