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Children 1st is one of Scotland's leading children's charities. Formed as the RSSPCC 130 years ago, our vision is for every child in Scotland to enjoy a safe and secure, happy and healthy childhood. Our strategic plan focuses on two key objectives: to be a strong public voice for vulnerable children and young people, influencing public policy and opinion , and to deliver and promote excellent services to vulnerable children, young people and families in Scotland. Enabling children and young people to thrive safely within their families is at the heart of what we do.

We are proud of the role we play and the high standards we set for our organisation. We are committed to raising at least 40% of our income ourselves. We strive to play a leadership role in the charity sector, contributing our knowledge, expertise and experience through a range of partnerships and forums. We are not afraid to challenge, promoting innovative solutions to policy and practice issues, often developing collaborative partnerships for service design and delivery, constantly seeking to do different with less. In the last five years, we have modernised our internal processes and systems and we push ourselves to meet the high standards of our Investors in People and Investing in Volunteers accreditations.

We cannot succeed alone. We work in partnership with a large range of local and national organisations and agencies across the Country. These include national and local Government, Education, Health and Social work, the Police, other charities and community groups – whoever shares our aim to put children first. Our aim is to reach as many of Scotland’s vulnerable children as we can. This year we have worked with 10,428 children, young people and their family members. During the year Children 1st continued to deliver services in 19 local authority areas. In addition we continue to run three national services, ParentLine Scotland, Safeguarding in Sport and the National Safeguarders Panel. The main reasons individuals and families were referred to our services were:

Our current Chief Executive has just stepped down after 4 years to spend time with her new family. We are seeking to recruit a remarkable individual to take us forward. We don't expect you to come fully formed: we hope to learn from each other. But we are looking for someone who is passionate about improving the lives of Scotland's children and young people and who is keen to make a difference. A newly developed five year strategy has been adopted which is challenging and exciting taking us at one level back to our roots but translating that into our complex 21st century world. You will be joining us on the start of that journey.

Ken Cunningham