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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...


ParentLine - a lifeline during children's early years

Becoming a parent makes absolute beginners of us all. You might prepare by reading books, or by asking other parents for tips. But acting on such advice doesn’t necessarily give you the results you hoped for. Or, what worked with...


Keep calm and stay connected

Mary GlasgowIt’s Safer Internet Day. Today our Director of Children and Family Services, Mary Glasgow, takes part in a panel discussion at a Microsoft conference alongside the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), Young Scot, the Safer Internet Centre...


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...


Spotting the signs of child sexual exploitation

Child sexual exploitation involves a young person under the age of 18 being manipulated, forced, pressurised or coerced into taking part in a sexual act in exchange for something – and many parents don’t believe their family is at risk.New...


Supporting parents in Dundee to put children first

At a ‘stovies and stories’ night, parents in Dundee spoke about why a peer support group run by Children 1st is a vital lifeline for them – and how we support them to put their children first.


What hope this New Year for children who have been abused?

Alison ToddThe panto season is over but through this New Year life for thousands of Scotland’s children is set to become a pantomime without a happy ending.These children will have been sexually abused by someone who they should have been...