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Stronger charities through good leadership

For Trustees Week, our Vice-Chair Sandy MacDonald reflects on the qualities a charity trustee might need. I was asked last week if I'd be willing to write a blog for Trustees week. As with most occasions where I very quickly...


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...


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...


Should we encourage our children to lie?

On the face of it this question seems a no brainer. Of course there are issues with children lying! It can be exhausting when young children deliberately lie. I remember myself being asked “Did you cut your hair”, at the...


Leaving home

ParentLine volunteer Helen on why out of sight doesn’t mean out of mind when it comes to children. When it comes to bringing up children, it’s fair to say that there is an endless stream of milestones to meet and...


Children’s fears of terrorism are real – but parents can bring proportion

“Will our airport blow up?” Kirsty asked. It seemed an unusual question but her mum knew why she was asking. For the last week Kirsty had been talking about the terrorist attack in Brussels after seeing the start of the...


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...