November news for corporate partners

Welcome to our November newsletter. We hope you enjoyed a safe and spooky Hallowe’en!

Although we couldn’t go out guising this year, we saw lots of creativity from families around the country who aimed to give their children some fun, and from our fantastic staff out working in Scotland’s communities. The free pumpkins in the photo below, being given away by our team in Irvine, with some information about how families can access support, proved very popular!

Since last month’s newsletter, we’re delighted to report that the campaign to help save Scotland’s outdoor education centres has seen a partial success. The Scottish Government have awarded £2million in funding to help save these essential resources, which is great news for the families who will get so much out of these special places in future.

Today’s blog post will look at the implementation of another successful campaign, as well as reflecting on Black History month and looking forward to Christmas:

  • Ending Physical Punishment – legal changes from 7th November
  • Taking to children about racism
  • Christmas with Children 1st

Ending physical punishment

On 7th November 2020 Scots law is changing to make it clear that children in Scotland can no longer be physically punished, bringing their protection from assault in line with that already in place for adults.

Many children and families across Scotland supported our campaign to change the law on physical punishment. As Clare Simpson from our partners Parenting Across Scotland says in this short video clip, parents across the country have told them that physically punishing their children does not work – which is what the overwhelming international evidence also shows.

You may have seen some recent stories in the media about this change which you may have found confusing or worrying. We have put together some information on the most important things to know, and if you have any questions about what the change in law means for your family, or about managing your children’s behaviour, our Children 1st Parentline team can give you free, non-judgmental support.

Talking to children about racism

Many of your organisations will have been looking at embedding anti-racist policies and practice during Black History Month. We’re proud to be doing the same here at Children 1st. Children 1st Parentline have also produced some advice on how to talk to children about racism and discrimination, including some books you could read along with your child. Please do feel free to share this with your colleagues to further these important conversations.

Christmas with Children 1st

We know that Christmas is going to look very different for many families this year. We’re changing the way we work with our corporate partners around this most emotive time of year. Instead of gathering presents, we’re asking partners to commit to a crowdfunding campaign for their workplace. The money raised will be used to purchase gift vouchers, allowing families, who are best placed to know what’s best for their children, to buy the essentials and treats that are needed to give their children a special Christmas. We know many children have been devastated by the events of this year, and families pushed to breaking point. If you’d like to reach out and show your support for those children and families we working alongside this year, please do get in touch to discuss how you can help.

We’d also love to hear from you if you’d like to take one of our last few remaining 12 Doors of Christmas spaces. This is a fun, festive campaign that invites our partners to share a wee video of their business or staff in the first 12 days of December. We’ll share these on our social media in exchange for a donation to Children 1st Parentline. These donations help ensure our doors are open to offer support every single day of the year, including Christmas Day.

Thank you for your continued support. We hope these blog posts continue to be of interest for you and your teams. Please do share them with your networks and let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see in a future post.

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Take care and stay safe,

Team Children 1st