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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...


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...


Doing well at school for all our children

Alison ToddEarlier this week Scotland’s new Cabinet Secretary John Swinney set out his delivery plan for excellence and equity in education. Closing the educational attainment gap – in other words – making sure every child can achieve their best at...


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...


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...


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