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My Hopes for Children in the Year of Young People

In this guest blog, Minister for Childcare and Early Years Maree Todd writes about her hopes for children in the Year of Young People 2018. From touring Fife in a minibus on a children’s rights road trip with Members of...


Soul food

Connie is one of our support workers, based in Edinburgh. As well as helping families to have the confidence to prepare healthier, nutritious meals on a budget, she explains how cooking can help open up deeper conversations about where families...


Providing a better life - against the odds

“It's hard, difficult, stressful. I've had many pulled out hair moments. But I really want to show Evie that you have to work and have good values and I want to provide for her.” We wanted to share the story...


Demand an end to child poverty

"Sometimes my Mum only eats toast, for every meal. Sometimes she doesn't eat anything at all so that there is enough for our tea." Throughout Scotland today, our teams see first-hand the devastating impact of welfare reform and benefit sanctions....


A true story: the power to transform lives

Alison Todd A recent event at the Scottish Parliament was an opportunity for Children 1st to demonstrate how practice and policy based on strong relationships can transform children’s lives. Alison Todd reflects on this theme and what this means for...


Heating or eating? A desperate choice for families.

Poverty is an increasing and recurring issue for children and families that we support at Children 1st. We are seeing at first hand the impact of benefit sanctions and welfare reform on children and families in Scotland. Parents regularly talk...


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...


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...