Suzie Scott, Everyone’s Children Project Manager
Glasgow’s Children’s Services Plan sets out the priorities of all the partner agencies for improving children’s services in the city. The next plan is due to be submitted to the Scottish Government on 31st March 2020. You can read the current plan here.
Children’s Services Plans are underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), and the Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) approach adopted by the Scottish Government. Both these require that children and young people must have their views taken into account when decisions are being made about them.
The current plan (2017-2020) has five priority areas. These are:
- Keeping children and young people safe from harm
- Making sure children and young people are healthy and happy
- Providing support for families
- Ensuring children and young people leave school ready for further education or employment
- Improving life for care experienced children and young people
The plan also notes that Child Poverty is also a key issue in Glasgow that has to be considered in all the priority areas.
Everyone’s Children and the Third Sector Citywide Forum (Children, Young People and Families) are working with Glasgow City Council, the Health Board and Glasgow Life to consult with children and young people across the city.
‘Our aim is to get the views of at least 1,000 children and young people, representative of the population by February 2020’
Third Sector Role
We’d like as many third sector organisations as possible to take part in the consultation exercise, which is taking place between now and the end of January 2020.
Consultation can be done in any way that best suits your organisation and the children & young people you work with. This will help to reduce the barriers to participation and ensure that a wide range of children and young people can take part.
If you only have time to talk to one or two children or young people, that’s fine. Every little helps. If you can talk to lots, we will be very grateful. All the organisations that take part will get a thank you in the consultation report – but we won’t identity the numbers from each organisation.
There is a budget to support particular needs (e.g. travel, interpretation, childcare etc.).
We expect that the main form of feedback will be notes from the discussion session. But you can also be creative. You know your children and young people so you might suggest that they:
- Draw pictures
- Create videos
- Take photos
- Write a play or performance piece
- Write poems or short stories
- Create posters
Online survey and other consultation events
There will also be:
- an online survey that anyone interested can complete – to get wider views
- Social Media campaign
- A consultation event for Voluntary and Community Organisations in Jan 2020
If you would like to take part, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org