Blog archive for 2016

Finding strength in small changes

Children 1st local managers Froya Rossvoll and Lorna Mulholland explain how our work in Aberdeenshire is making a difference to children and families.Here’s a story about an Aberdeenshire family: a mum, dad and three young children. Neither parents had a...


Creating win win wins in the West of Scotland

Children 1st local manager Ruth Ritchie explains how through partnership we’re making a bigger difference for children and families in Argyll and Bute.Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides. Getting there from the mainland isn’t cheap or...


Can we teach empathy?

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle What is empathy? Empathy involves being able to identify emotions, understand and explain emotions, and respond appropriately to those emotions. At its heart lies an awareness...


Making a difference in Moray - the holistic way

Children 1st local manager Lorna Mulholland explains how our work in Moray is making a difference to children and families.It’s Saturday morning, and a Moray family is getting ready to go out. Just like other families across the county. But...


Making connections in Glasgow communities

Children 1st local team leader Theresa Marsili explains how through partnership working we’re making a difference to children and families in Glasgow. Glasgow is a diverse city. There is wealth, but also a high level of deprivation. Across its population...


Should we encourage our children to take risks

Matthew Slavin, National Kinship Care SupervisorWe often receive calls from carers worried about their children’s risk-taking behaviour. Whether that’s concerns about mixing with the wrong crowd or their online activity, there’s always the same want to protect and nurture our...


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...


Strengthening relationships in South Ayrshire

Children 1st local team leader Edie Scobie explains how we’re making a difference to children and families in South Ayrshire.Much of our family support work in South Ayrshire is based around parenting programmes. That phrase, ‘parenting programme’, might seem a...


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...


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...


Evolving in Edinburgh to help families thrive

Children 1st supports families across Edinburgh through difficult times. Local manager Gary Dewar explains how our work in the city is evolving.How we support families is constantly developing as our understanding of their needs improves, and as contexts change. So...


Helping parents when their child needs help

On UN Day of Parents, helpline volunteer Antonia Hamilton writes about how she supports parents worried about bullying and social media – and how she keeps up with the complexities of life today.I recently read an article about a school...