Blog archive for 2016

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...


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...


Stronger charities through good leadership

For Trustees Week, our Vice-Chair Sandy MacDonald reflects on the qualities a charity trustee might need. I was asked last week if I'd be willing to write a blog for Trustees week. As with most occasions where I very quickly...


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...


A problem needn't become a crisis

Children 1st supports families across Edinburgh through difficult times. Local manager Gary Dewar explains. Our job is to make sure parents and carers in Edinburgh who are struggling to cope get the support they need. Giving help early – before...


A sound investment in families' futures

Children 1st local team leader Theresa Marsili explains how we’re making a difference to children and families in Glasgow. The terms Early Intervention and Prevention are public policy buzzwords. They refer to investment in activities aimed at addressing need at...


Opening doors for families in Dundee

Children 1st local manager Anita Roweth explains how our work in Dundee is making a difference to children and families. With a £1 billion redevelopment of its waterfront underway, Dundee will soon be visually transformed. But there’s another side the...


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...


Creating smiles for Scotland’s children

Children 1st’s #createasmile campaign asks people to show Scotland’s children they all deserve lives free from abuse and neglect. Our Individual Giving Manager Lianne Fyfe explains the thinking behind it. Child abuse is an extremely complex issue for children and...


Should we encourage our children to lie?

On the face of it this question seems a no brainer. Of course there are issues with children lying! It can be exhausting when young children deliberately lie. I remember myself being asked “Did you cut your hair”, at the...


Leaving home

ParentLine volunteer Helen on why out of sight doesn’t mean out of mind when it comes to children. When it comes to bringing up children, it’s fair to say that there is an endless stream of milestones to meet and...