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Talking to children about terrorism

In the aftermath of the terrorist attack at Manchester arena on Monday night, our thoughts remain with all of those who were affected, their families and their friends. We hope that they are receiving the specialist support they need in...


Children 1st supports John Finnie MSP's campaign to introduce equal protection for children from assault

Mary Glasgow, Director of Children and Family Services and Policy, Children 1st said: “We strongly support John Finnie’s proposal to give Scotland’s children the same legal protection from assault as everybody else in society. The current legal defence of ‘justifiable...


Providing a better life - against the odds

“It's hard, difficult, stressful. I've had many pulled out hair moments. But I really want to show Evie that you have to work and have good values and I want to provide for her.” We wanted to share the story...


Scots businesses raise £350,000 to support children and families over five years of Dragons’ Glen challenge

Teams from 26 leading Scottish organisations have taken part in Dragons’ Glen since 2012, raising an amazing total of £358,378 for Children 1st, Scotland’s National Children’s Charity. The 2016/17 challenge raised £75,478. Dragons’ Glen teams celebrating raising £358,378 in five...


Scots businesses raise £350,000 to support children and families over five years of Dragons’ Glen challenge

Teams from 26 leading Scottish organisations have taken part in Dragons’ Glen since 2012, raising an amazing total of £358,378 for Children 1st, Scotland’s National Children’s Charity. The 2016/17 challenge raised £75,478. Dragons’ Glen teams celebrating raising £358,378 in five...


Time to tot up the costs of late intervention

It’s time for local authorities and partners to consider the cost of late intervention when it comes to supporting children.


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....