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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....


Charity hero honoured at Lord Provost Awards

John McGurk, who ran between Germany and Scotland to raise money for Children 1st, was proud to be honoured at Glasgow’s Lord Provost Awards on Friday evening.


Parents are being let down by our law on physical punishment

If the Scottish Parliament were to pass a law today that allowed us to hit children; to “lawfully cause a child pain,” as the Sunday Times put it, there would be an outcry.


New Mental Health Strategy falls short of the mark say children's charities

Scotland’s largest children’s charities have expressed their disappointment that the Scottish Government’s 10 year strategy for mental health in Scotland lacks detail on how the transformational change needed to address children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing will be...


Free will service for all supporters

Children 1st is pleased to announce a FREE will service for all supporters today. We've partnered with McClure Solicitors so you can have your will written or reviewed for FREE, as well as offering a half price power of attorney...


Comment on named person legislation

Children 1st has responded to the Scottish Government's announcement that named person legislation will go ahead with concerns over information-sharing to be addressed. Alison Todd, Chief Executive, said: "Families are nearly always best-placed to keep their children safe and well....


Protecting children and relationships - even when it's tough

As parents we want to bring our children up to be healthy, happy and secure. And, we know that the relationships we build with our children, from their earliest moments in the womb, through their development as toddlers, children and...


Children 1st responds to Child Protection Improvement Plan

Children 1st has responded to today's announcement from the Scottish Government on the measures it proposes to take under its Child Protection Improvement Plan. Alison Todd Chief Executive, Children 1st, Scotland’s National Children’s Charity said: "To enable Scotland’s children to...


Campaigners welcome Scottish Child Poverty Bill

Members of the End Child Poverty (ECP) coalition today welcomed the introduction of a new Bill aimed at eradicating the scandal of child poverty in Scotland. The Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill, which will now be considered by MSPs, establishes ambitious...


West Lothian youngster wants ScotRail to #VoteChildren1st

15 year old Ben Drummond has helped Children 1st by leading a pitch for Scotland’s National Children’s Charity to become ScotRail's next charity partner. Ben Drummond and Nadine Milloy, Youth Worker at COZ Ben, who is in third year at...


West Lothian youngster wants ScotRail to #VoteChildren1st

15 year old Ben Drummond has helped Children 1st by leading a pitch for Scotland’s National Children’s Charity to become ScotRail's next charity partner. Ben Drummond and Nadine Milloy, Youth Worker at COZ Ben, who is in third year at...


£700,000 funding boost for Scotland’s National Children’s Charity

Children 1st is delighted to have attended the 2017 People’s Postcode Lottery annual Charity Gala where it was announced that £66.3 million was awarded to charities and good causes in 2016.