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The space to find your own solutions

In this blog, ParentLine volunteer Lizzie explains that: "In a world where everything’s going at 90 miles an hour, ParentLine gives you the space, time and support to think about parenting." We’re somebody detached to talk things through with. We’re...


The difference between living and surviving

Anna O'Reilly, Assistant Director, writes about the impact of sexual abuse on adult survivors who didn't receive the right help as children. In Children 1st we have the privilege to get to know and support many adults who experienced sexual...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...