Children 1st services in Aberdeen

Mary Glasgow, Chief Executive, Children 1st said: “We understand and appreciate the concern and level of support, shown for our work to support children and families in Aberdeen to recover from trauma and abuse. It is heartening to know how much people care about the current service, at a time when we’ve had to make some difficult decisions about its future.

“Two years ago we lost the core funding for our local Aberdeen service and we have invested heavily in the local service since. After discussions with partners, it has however become clear that the level of funding required to support the Aberdeen service, in its current form, is not available long-term.

“We are committed to continuing to support children and families in Aberdeen, and the wider North East, and are in ongoing discussions with the council about potential options for new local services that meet the most pressing needs of children and families.

“We will continue to support the children and families we are currently working with until the end of May and make sure they are linked with ongoing support from other organisations, if they need it. Our Scotland-wide Parentline service, which is already used by families in the North East, will also continue to offer support to local children and families

“As we work with partners to redevelop the local service, the support that communities in Aberdeen and the North East provide for our work to prevent and protect children from harm and to support them to recover from trauma and abuse remains as vital as ever.”