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How do ACEs and poverty connect and how do we intertwine approaches to address them?

Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP, adds his voice to our ACEs and poverty blog series, discussing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), what they mean to the Government and what is being done to make change in Scotland.


Where do our fears come from?

Nikki Robertson works at People's Postcode Lottery and volunteers with our Parentline family support service. As it's Halloween, a recent eight-legged encounter got her wondering: where do we get our fears from? Picture the scene…child is in bed, all is...


Finding the courage to say "I'm care experienced"

Prompted by Who Cares? Scotland's Care Experienced Week, Laura Beveridge, co-chair of the Stop:Go group within the Independent Care Review, reflects on her journey as a care experienced campaigner and looks forward to the future of the care experienced movement....


A public health perspective on poverty and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Our latest guest blog looks at poverty and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) from the perspective of public health. Katy Hetherington, Organisational Lead for Child and Adolescent Public Health at NHS Health Scotland, calls for action across all sectors to ensure...


Taking the impact of poverty into account

In this guest blog, Douglas Hamilton, Chair of the Poverty and Inequality Commission, argues there is a need for our response to childhood adversity and trauma to take greater account of the impact of poverty. The Poverty and Inequality Commission’s...


Poverty and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Our second guest blog about the links between poverty and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is by Dr Morag Treanor, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at Stirling University. Poverty is a structural problem with a lack of income...


Connecting ACEs, poverty and trauma: A mum's perspective

Over the next two weeks in Scotland we will see the culmination of a huge amount of work to raise awareness of both ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and poverty. On 26 September, over 2,000 families, professionals and policy influencers are...


Old is the new new for simple summers

With August nearly upon us, our volunteer mentor co-ordinator Maggie takes a nostalgic look back to the heatwave of 1976 and suggests some simple activities from back in the day. As someone wrinkly enough to remember the hot, hot summer...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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