New With Kids Ambassador

dee ripoll

We are delighted to announce that Dee Ripoll is With Kids new ambassador! Dee is a lawyer, drummer and singer in the band Evera, and the Scottish National Ladies Surf Champion of 2011. She took up surfing in her last year of university and in the space of three years earned her title. In 2013 she had two traumatic accidents which could have ended her career in surfing, but she fought through it all, facing her fears to come back stronger than ever.



Msc Play Therapy

qmu baptIn collaboration with Queen Margaret University, the Scottish charity With Kids is pleased to announce the introduction of what will be a BAPT accredited Play Therapy training course in Scotland. This three year taught Masters Programme in Play Therapy is designed to prepare students for working therapeutically with children, young people and their families in a range of settings.

The course, which commences in September 2016, will be delivered in Glasgow and will be accredited by the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT). Successful graduates will gain an MSc in Play Therapy and will have completed the required training to practice as a Play Therapist.

To request and application pack or seek further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Notre Dame Pupils Win YPI

YPIScotlandnotredame logoA group of pupils from Notre Dame High School chose With Kids as their charity to represent for the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative.  They visited and researched our charity and put together a fantastic presentation and we're delighted to say that they won!  They worked incredibly hard on the project and also raised funds through a sponsored run and bake sale.  It was an absolute pleasure to work with them. Congratulations to them all on doing such an amazing job.  



Staff from the fabulous Andrew Muirhead & Sons Ltd cycled from Glasgow to Balloch and back and raised just over £5000!  What a fantastic amount, thank you to everyone involved for all their hard work. 

a muirhead cycle

The Stream

Children of Kabul photo gallery

2324 hits

This photo gallery produced by CBBC’s Newsround shows children in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan. The hills surrounding the…

Traditional family a myth

2283 hits

Academic Professor Pat Thane has challenged the idea that British children predominantly grew up in two-parent families until the 1960s…

Atos quitting £500m ‘fit for work’ contract early

2003 hits

Atos Healthcare has quit their contract to deliver fit-for-work assessments for the government. There has been increasing concern over the…

Children’s hyperactivity ‘is not a real disease’, says US expert

2322 hits

Dr Bruce Perry of the Child Trauma Academy visited Britain this week as a guest of the Early Intervention Foundation.…

In the child’s time: professional responses to neglect

2141 hits

Last week Ofsted released their report on the effectiveness of services to safeguard children from neglect. The paper summarises the…

Children’s hearings (Scotland) act 2011 “one year on”

1895 hits

The Scottish Child Law Centre is running an event on Friday 16th May in Edinburgh to assess the impact of…

How schools could deliver transformational change and put equity at the heart of education

2989 hits

This report by Brian Boyd, former secondary teacher and current professor of education at the University of Strathclyde, examines the…

Children urged to read to dogs, perfect listeners

1701 hits

As Kevin mentioned above, last week the BBC ran an article on the Bark and Read programme. The basis of…

I am posters

1791 hits

There has been a great poster doing the rounds on social media that presents what children need at different stages…

Vulnerable children and their carers are being let down by Scotland’s politicians

2132 hits

Part of the recent Children and Young People (Scotland) bill was to introduce a new legal status called a kinship…

Bully or bullied, social skills are key

1694 hits

Recent research from the Australian Institute of Family Studies looked to examine the long-term impact of bullying. The study used…

The best way to put kid’s hair up in a pony

1866 hits

After finding this clip online we had a lot of discussion in the With Kids office about our fathers trying…

Amazing LEGO recreations of classic movie scenes

1791 hits

LEGO has been a firm favourite of many generations of children - and adults too. Finnish photographer Vesa Lehtimäki is clearly…

Children of older men at greater risk of mental illness, study suggests

1992 hits

Recent research carried out by Indiana University and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm examined the medical and educational records of…

NICE guidelines when to suspect child maltreatment

1734 hits

These guidelines produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence provide guidance on factors that should alert you…

Workforce review into early learning and childcare announced across Scotland

1720 hits

A review of Scotland’s early years workforce is due to take place shortly. It will be led by Professor Iram…

14 year old's reversible poem takes web by storm

2101 hits

A poem written by a 14 year old has gone viral after his brother tweeted a picture of it. On…

Scottish parliament passes children’s bill

1541 hits

The Scottish Parliament has recently passed the Children and Young People bill. Some elements of the bill have been heavily…