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Giving children a voice

Children 1st local manager Anita Roweth explains how we’re giving children in Dundee a voice.Sometimes a formal meeting is necessary to decide what’s best for a child. Given the seriousness of some concerns about children, it’s right and appropriate that...


Strengthening relationships in South Ayrshire

Children 1st local team leader Edie Scobie explains how we’re making a difference to children and families in South Ayrshire.Much of our family support work in South Ayrshire is based around parenting programmes. That phrase, ‘parenting programme’, might seem a...


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...


Reaching out to Highland communities

Children 1st local manager Julie Kennedy explains how our work in Highland is making a difference to children and families.At Children 1st we’re constantly learning and refining our approach to helping children and families through difficult times.Today, you’ll find us...


Evolving in Edinburgh to help families thrive

Children 1st supports families across Edinburgh through difficult times. Local manager Gary Dewar explains how our work in the city is evolving.How we support families is constantly developing as our understanding of their needs improves, and as contexts change. So...


Helping parents when their child needs help

On UN Day of Parents, helpline volunteer Antonia Hamilton writes about how she supports parents worried about bullying and social media – and how she keeps up with the complexities of life today.I recently read an article about a school...


Building trust in the Borders

Children 1st local manager Johnny Costello explains how our work in Scottish Borders is making a difference to children and families.In February we welcomed Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, to Children 1st in Selkirk. He...


Making a difference for parents and carers

ParentLine Scotland is the national helpline, email and web-chat service for anyone caring for or concerned about a child. Manager Alan Forgie explains the difference it’s making to children and families across Scotland.Each spring, as one financial year ends and...


Giving children back their childhoods

As I looked though the Sunday Times Giving List at the millions pledged and given to good causes the other week I was reminded of a letter I read many years ago. Written on a small piece of light blue...


That Friday feeling comes to Glasgow Gorbals

When Children 1st starts work with a child or family it’s because they are going through difficult times and we believe we can help. Our family support workers focus on enabling them to cope better, to feel more included, and...


Spread the word to support victims of crime

Today is European Victims’ Day, and the start of a week-long campaign launched by Victim Support Scotland. In this guest blog, VSS explain why they're calling on the people of Scotland to raise awareness of the vital lifeline they offer...


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...