Children and families

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...


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,...


Football is at a crossroads and survivors cannot be ignored any longer

Mary Glasgow, Interim Chief Executive, Children 1st writes about the interim report of the review into child sexual abuse in football.


How would your child describe you as a dad?

Dads Worker Niko talks about his work supporting dads in Edinburgh to be the best fathers they can be for their children.


The space to find your own solutions

In this blog, ParentLine volunteer Lizzie explains that: "In a world where everything’s going at 90 miles an hour, ParentLine gives you the space, time and support to think about parenting." We’re somebody detached to talk things through with. We’re...


The difference between living and surviving

Anna O'Reilly, Assistant Director, writes about the impact of sexual abuse on adult survivors who didn't receive the right help as children. In Children 1st we have the privilege to get to know and support many adults who experienced sexual...


‘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...


Our justice system through children’s eyes – what’s the verdict?

Children 1st’s Acting Chief Executive, Mary Glasgow, welcomes the Scottish Government’s announcement of measures to protect child and vulnerable adult witnesses. But she asks – what would our system look like if it was truly designed around the needs of...


Resilience starts with relationships

In community hubs and church halls this summer, hundreds of conversations have started about how individuals, communities and society can transform the lives of both today’s and future generations of children, writes Mary Glasgow, Children 1st's acting Chief-Executive. The conversations...


Being a Dad

Children 1st Dads Worker Niko blogs about how we can support fathers to achieve the best outcomes for their children.


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.