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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...


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...