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‘Smacking ban’ or Equal Protection? Sorting the myths from the facts

There has been no shortage of commentary about the Scottish Government’s announcement that it will ensure John Finnie’s proposed Member’s Bill to give children equal protection from assault becomes law. While much of the media coverage has been supportive, some...


Equal protection: it's time for action

Children 1st's vice-chair, Sandy McDonald, is convinced that the law on physical punishment needs to reflect society's values today.


The lines we don't cross

As Children 1st campaigns to give children #EqualProtection from assault, ParentLine’s Ann Jarvis has some thoughts about alternative ways to approach children’s behaviour when things get fraught.


Protecting children and relationships - even when it's tough

As parents we want to bring our children up to be healthy, happy and secure. And, we know that the relationships we build with our children, from their earliest moments in the womb, through their development as toddlers, children and...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...