News archive for 2020

Being a Dad

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


Children and families to benefit from Blackcircles donation to Children 1st

More of Scotland’s vulnerable children and their families will get support to prevent and protect them from trauma, thanks to a £141K donation by Blackcircles.com to Scotland’s National Children’s Charity, Children 1st.


The Dome helps Children 1st raise a smile for Scotland’s vulnerable children

Visitors to The Dome showed their generosity last month by donating £3,580 to Children 1st. Throughout July, patrons of the iconic Edinburgh restaurant were asked to donate via a discretionary 50p on each bill. They responded with huge generosity, raising...


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.


The lines we don't cross

As Children 1st campaigns to give children #EqualProtection from assault, ParentLine’s Ann Jarvis has some thoughts about alternative ways to approach children’s behaviour when things get fraught.


No man is an island

On Father's Day, ParentLine call-taker Richard Andrews thinks 'strong' men shouldn't be scared to talk about their worries. Richard AndrewsWe men like to feel that we are strong, that we are independent and that we don’t need other people. We...


Soul food

Connie is one of our support workers, based in Edinburgh. As well as helping families to have the confidence to prepare healthier, nutritious meals on a budget, she explains how cooking can help open up deeper conversations about where families...


Young people celebrate fundraising milestone

A group of young people from West Lothian turned up to say a big thank you to housebuilder Walker Group for donating an incredible £100,000 to Children 1st over the last 20 years. The young people from Bathgate’s Chill Out...


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...


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....