A family in Scotland

Five-year-old Keira and her parents take part in Save the Children's Families Connect programme at a Primary School in Irvine, Scotland.

We’re working to ensure that every child in Scotland gets a fair start in life.

Almost one in five children in Scotland lives in poverty. This can make it harder for children to do well at school.

By the age of five, many children in poverty are already falling behind their classmates.

As they get older, this education gap widens and can leave them at an unfair disadvantage. It is a huge challenge for children, teachers and parents.

Through our programmes and campaigns, we’re aiming to give every child in Scotland the support they need to fulfil their potential.

Our programmes

Through our Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! programme, we help families living in poverty by providing essential items that support children’s development.

By offering items such as a bed, a cooker, or toys and books, our programme reduces the family stress associated with living on a low income and contributes to better emotional wellbeing and early learning in the home.

Since the programme began, we have awarded grants to more than 6000 families in Scotland.

We introduced Families and Schools Together (FAST) to schools in Scotland in 2010. The award winning, early-intervention programme brings parents, children, schools and the wider community together to support children’s learning. So far, we’ve run FAST with over a thousand children from schools across central Scotland.

Our Families Connect programme empowers parents to create a supportive home learning environment, so that children can achieve their full potential at school and in life.

Stronger Communities is a new initiative in two areas in Scotland. It’s led by Save the Children in partnership with other children’s charities.

We aim to bring the people who live and work in the areas together to problem solve at a community level. This involves identifying issues, generating solutions and then implementing them together.

Our policy and campaigning work

Our policy work focuses on the action that Scottish Government and local authorities need to take to improve support for children living in poverty in Scotland.

We campaign for action to break the link between poverty and children’s outcomes in Scotland. We want all young children affected by poverty to get the support they need to develop, grow and learn.



Find out more

For more information about our work in Scotland, please contact or call us on 0131 527 8200.


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Last updated: January 2017.