220,000 children in Scotland are affected by poverty - that’s nearly one in four - going without essentials or living in homes which are cold or damp. We’re fighting to ensure no child is born without a chance.

What we've achieved

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Families and Schools Together (FAST)

Families and Schools Together (FAST) is an award winning, early-intervention programme, which we introduced to schools in Scotland in 2010.

FAST brings parents, children, schools and the wider community together, to help parents create opportunities for learning and development at home and to make sure children get the support they need to fulfil their potential at school – and in life.

So far more than 350 children from schools across West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Fife have graduated from FAST.


Our Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! programme, launched in 2012, provides essential household items, such as beds, cookers and pushchairs, to families with young children living on a low income.

The programme helps families meet their children’s needs during the important early stages of development, improving the quality of their children’s lives and helping them fulfil their potential.

We work with local referral partners such as Health Visitors, Family Support Workers, Housing Officers and Early Years Outreach Workers who know where the need is greatest to ensure we reach those families most at risk. We have awarded 3,100 families in Scotland with grants since the programme began.

Grants are awarded to families that have applied through a referral agent such as a social worker or health visitor and must be receiving certain benefits.

Our policy and campaign work

Our policy work focuses on the action that Scottish Government and local authorities need to take to keep their promises to end child poverty in Scotland.

We campaign for action to break the link between poverty and education in Scotland and for more affordable childcare for families living in poverty. We want the Scottish Government to make childcare more accessible so parents can return to work and end the cycle of poverty.

We also carry out research to help us better understand how poverty affects children and their families. You can find a list of our briefings on the right.

Find out more

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

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