Blog archive for 2018

How do ACEs and poverty connect and how do we intertwine approaches to address them?

Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP, adds his voice to our ACEs and poverty blog series, discussing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), what they mean to the Government and what is being done to make change in Scotland.


Where do our fears come from?

Nikki Robertson works at People's Postcode Lottery and volunteers with our Parentline family support service. As it's Halloween, a recent eight-legged encounter got her wondering: where do we get our fears from? Picture the scene…child is in bed, all is...


Finding the courage to say "I'm care experienced"

Prompted by Who Cares? Scotland's Care Experienced Week, Laura Beveridge, co-chair of the Stop:Go group within the Independent Care Review, reflects on her journey as a care experienced campaigner and looks forward to the future of the care experienced movement....


How to talk to your children about sex

It's never easy talking to your kids about sex so we asked Ann from Parentline to provide some guidance on the best way to approach those tricky matters with children of all ages.


A public health perspective on poverty and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Our latest guest blog looks at poverty and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) from the perspective of public health. Katy Hetherington, Organisational Lead for Child and Adolescent Public Health at NHS Health Scotland, calls for action across all sectors to ensure...


Taking the impact of poverty into account

In this guest blog, Douglas Hamilton, Chair of the Poverty and Inequality Commission, argues there is a need for our response to childhood adversity and trauma to take greater account of the impact of poverty. The Poverty and Inequality Commission’s...


Poverty and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Our second guest blog about the links between poverty and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is by Dr Morag Treanor, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at Stirling University. Poverty is a structural problem with a lack of income...


Connecting ACEs, poverty and trauma: A mum's perspective

Over the next two weeks in Scotland we will see the culmination of a huge amount of work to raise awareness of both ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and poverty. On 26 September, over 2,000 families, professionals and policy influencers are...


Thank you players of People’s Postcode Lottery

Anna O’Reilly, our Assistant Director of Children and Family Services for the East, reflects on how players of People’s Postcode Lottery have prevented children from experiencing trauma and distress, protected children’s rights and helped children and their families recover from...


Sharing our journey to ACE awareness

Our interim CEO Mary Glasgow shares her thoughts about speaking at the international ACE Aware Nation Conference about Children 1st’s journey to become more trauma-informed. In my role leading Children 1st, I regularly find myself having conversations with lots of...


Is your child starting school? A head teacher's tips for emotional wellbeing

As little children across Scotland get ready to start school for the first time, families are making all the final preparations. New uniforms, bags and pencils. But what of the emotional preparations that are needed? We talked to Geraldine Smith,...


Old is the new new for simple summers

With August nearly upon us, our volunteer mentor co-ordinator Maggie takes a nostalgic look back to the heatwave of 1976 and suggests some simple activities from back in the day. As someone wrinkly enough to remember the hot, hot summer...


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