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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.


First day at school: tips from Parentline

Ann has five tips to make a big change a little easier over the next few weeks.


A nanny recommends...summer around Scotland

Parentline volunteer and part-time nanny Rachael has a whistle-stop tour of activities around Scotland to keep the kids entertained.


Why are teddies comforting?

The science behind Comfort Teddies


How to talk to your children about sex

It's never easy talking to your kids about sex so we asked Ann from Parentline to give some tips on the best way to approach a tricky subject with children of all ages.


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.


What can you offer to a cause you believe in?

For Volunteers Week 2018, our Vice-Chair Sandy MacDonald gives an insight into what being a voluntary Board member entails and why he’d encourage others to consider doing it. For Children 1st, the responsibility of the Board of Management is clearly...


Left to their own Devices?

“They gave her the Device when she was only two years old. It had a sophisticated graphical interface, sending signals along her optic nerve that swiftly transported her brain to an alternative universe – a captivating other world. By the...


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...


‘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...


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