Children 1st was established from a case in New York in the 19th century where an eight year old girl was being abused by her adoptive parents, but because there was no laws that allowed any intervention this meant agencies couldn’t get involved. It was because of this case that Branches were set up in the UK, and in 1889 the Glasgow and Edinburgh branches joined together. (Children1st, n.d) Children 1st , was first known as ‘The Scottish National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (SNSPCC)’ from 1889 until 1895, it grew from the Glasgow society for the prevention of cruelty to children, (GSPCC) who joined with two Edinburgh based societies to form SNSPCC. In 1895 it changed to ‘The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Scottish Branch’, following the passing of the Children Act in 1894. It then reverted back to ‘SNSPCC’, in 1907, as Scotland wanted to resume its independence. As the society kept developing into a nationwide organisation it was granted a Royal Charter, in 1922, and became ‘The Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (RSSPCC)’ and again changed in 1995 where it became ‘Children 1st’. The charity was set up initially to rescue children living rough on the streets but as it progressed they became better known for their investigating into neglect and abuse that was reported by the public. (Glasgow Caledonian University, Last Updated: 27 July, 2010)
Children 1st say “At CHILDREN 1ST, our vision is a happy, healthy, safe and secure childhood for every child and young person in Scotland.” (Children 1st, n.d) Children 1st have 3 aims;
* To be a strong public voice for vulnerable children and young people to influence public policy and opinion. * To provide and promote excellent services.
* To maximise and effectively direct our resources.
(Children 1st, VISION, MISSION, VALUES AND STRATEGIC PLAN 2008 – 2013) These aims will help Children 1st to fulfill...