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Working together to plan for the future

Children 1st Director of Strategic Planning & Campaigns, Mark Ballard, writes about how we have worked together to share the stories of children and families, and how vital this will be to repair and recover.


Time to realise children’s right to justice and care

Assistant Director Anna O'Reilly reflects on how far we've come towards securing a Scottish Bairnshoose, and how much we still have to do in order to give children the rights they deserve.


Taking stock, looking forward: next steps for children’s policy in Scotland

As part of a two part blog series looking forward to children and family policy and practice in Scotland, CEO Mary Glasgow argues that we must be more mindful of family life when developing policy.


Parents' views of equal protection: a health visitor's research

Health visitor Christopher Sweeney writes about his and public health lecturer William Spence’s research into parents’ views of equal protection.


Children 1st support young people's climate strike

Children across the globe are coming together to tell us that without action on climate change they fear they have no future.


Time to secure the rights of Scotland's children

It is now nearly 30 years since the UNCRC was agreed by the UN. It is time that Scotland takes the next step in securing children's rights.


Campaigning, communication and a whole lot of tea!

Iona talks about what it's like volunteering with the policy and communications teams at Children 1st and how it's preparing her for the world of work.


Bread and butter: Why addressing poverty should matter to social workers

Dr Louise Hill, Policy Lead for CELCIS, discusses the extent of child poverty in Scotland and argues that reducing poverty should be part of everyday social work practice.


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.


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...


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