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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...


Creating smiles for Scotland’s children

Children 1st’s #createasmile campaign asks people to show Scotland’s children they all deserve lives free from abuse and neglect. Our Individual Giving Manager Lianne Fyfe explains the thinking behind it. Child abuse is an extremely complex issue for children and...


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...


Can we teach empathy?

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle What is empathy? Empathy involves being able to identify emotions, understand and explain emotions, and respond appropriately to those emotions. At its heart lies an awareness...


Making a difference in Moray - the holistic way

Children 1st local manager Lorna Mulholland explains how our work in Moray is making a difference to children and families.It’s Saturday morning, and a Moray family is getting ready to go out. Just like other families across the county. But...


Making connections in Glasgow communities

Children 1st local team leader Theresa Marsili explains how through partnership working we’re making a difference to children and families in Glasgow. Glasgow is a diverse city. There is wealth, but also a high level of deprivation. Across its population...


Should we encourage our children to take risks

Matthew Slavin, National Kinship Care SupervisorWe often receive calls from carers worried about their children’s risk-taking behaviour. Whether that’s concerns about mixing with the wrong crowd or their online activity, there’s always the same want to protect and nurture our...