The Everyone’s Children project was set up to support and promote third sector organisations in Glasgow that provide services to children, young people and families. The project is funded by the Scottish Government and works in partnership with statutory partners and the third sector. It aims to:

  • Develop and support the local third sector capacity to deliver wellbeing outcomes
  • Ensure third sector contributions to Children’s Services are valued and strengthened
  • Share learning and best practice through training and events







There are around 800 third sector organisations in the city which provide services to children, young people and families. They range from large national organisations providing specialist services to local community groups. In total they support over 28,000 children and young people – around a quarter of all under 18’s in the city.

The Everyone’s Children Project provides a practical range of support to ensure that the third sector contribution is effectively integrated into planning of services for children and families. The project has helped to raise awareness of GIRFEC, map the contribution of the third sector in Glasgow, share learning, and support organisations through capacity building work.

Strategic and Policy Work

  • Everyone’s Children are represented on the GCHSCP Children’s Services Planning group, developing the new  Children’s Services Plan 2017-20
  • We contributed to legislative guidance for implementation of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 and organised consultation events around these
  • We respond to consultations through written responses and consultation events
    on issues such as Early Learning and Childcare and Children’s Services Planning – ensuring that the voice of the third sector is heard

  • We have a focus on child poverty and the attainment gap. The Scottish Government Child Poverty Strategy 2014-17 aims to:
    • Maximise household resources
    • Improve children’s wellbeing and life chances
    • Ensure that children from low income households live in well-designed, sustainable places

    The third sector already makes a significant contribution to alleviating poverty, improving well-being and ensuring good housing and environments. We seek to ensure that this contribution is recognised and that joint working with statutory organisations is improved.

Practical support

  • We have delivered 34  events and training sessions attended by over 1,100  participants from a wide range of organisations
  • We provide capacity building and workforce development support, particularly to smaller third sector organisations
  • We support the North West Wellbeing Network for third sector organisations that provide services to children and young people in the North West area
  • We support the Glasgow third sector Children, Young People and Families Citywide. Read more about the Forum here

Information and Resources 

  • Our e-bulletin is sent out every month to 1000+ third sector organisations – providing updates on news, policy, and events and training
  • We are on Twitter @EC_GCVS with instant updates, news and information about the project, our events, and other relevant information for organisations working with children and families

GIRFEC is the national approach in Scotland to improving outcomes and supporting the wellbeing of our children and young people by offering the right help at the right time from the right people.  It supports them and their parent(s) to work in partnership with the services that can help them.

It puts the rights and wellbeing of children and young people at the heart of the services that support them – such as early years services, schools, and the NHS – to ensure that everyone works together to improve outcomes for a child or young person.

As a major provider of services in communities, the third sector is central to GIRFEC and the Government’s early intervention, early years and public service reform agendas. The Everyone’s Children project continues to ensure that this preventative contribution is effectively integrated into the planning of services for children and families in the City.

GIRFEC Resources

The Scottish Government, local councils, the NHS and many third sector organisations produce very helpful information and practical resources which can help you with the implementation of GIRFEC.

The Scottish Government website’s GIRFEC page contains background information , legislative information and guidance and key resources to support GIRFEC including:-

The Information Commissioners Office – provides help with managing and sharing information.

Glasgow City Council GIRFEC pages

Glasgow City Interim Children’s Services Plan 2015-17

National Third Sector GIRFEC Project

Everyone’s Children conducted a major research project in March 2015, which produced an extensive research map of third sector services for children and families in Glasgow.

The research gathered robust evidence of the scale, scope and potential contribution of third sector organisations to GIRFEC.

It identified the level of need for the development of capacity, knowledge, skills and awareness raising.

This lead to the development of an action plan to improve and expand the third sector contribution to services for children and young people.

The report can be downloaded here.

The research launch event report can be downloaded or browsed here.

GCVS Everyone’s Children Project has run a successful programme of free training for third sector organisations in Glasgow over the past 2 years. This has covered a range of issues related to developing practice in the sector in relation to working with children, young people, and their families, and increasing understanding of the changing environment around the Getting It right For Every Child (GIRFEC) agenda and the 2014 Children and Young People (Scotland) Act.

Training materials

Presentations and training resources associated with the training programme are available via Dropbox.

GCVS Everyone’s Children  training programme

The Everyone’s Children Training programme, funded by Scottish Government is offered to Third Sector organisations operating in Glasgow.

These sessions provide a policy and practice context for key third sector roles in implementing the Getting It Right For Every Child programme which promotes the wellbeing of children, young people and families in their families and communities, and develop organisational capacity.

Training events also encourage the sharing of views and experiences with colleagues and support the developing of useful networks around the work as the GIRFEC approach becomes more prominent in the delivery of services in Glasgow.

Visit our events calendar for more details.

Other GIRFEC training

Scottish Out of School Care Network

Free GIRFEC training for trainers for out for school care organisations. For groups of organisations who can arrange dates/ venues  for between 10 and 20 participants from multiple organisations.  Contact to arrange.

SOSCN also run regular sessions from their Glasgow office – maximum one delegate per organisation.

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)

Free Getting to Know GIRFEC ‘Training for Trainers’ Workshops

The purpose of the workshop is to enable a broad range of practitioners from the third sector to deliver information workshops for children and young people or parents and carers to inform them about GIRFEC and what it means for them; to bring GIRFEC to life, to make it real for them. The workshop will cover everything from organising an information session to the contents and materials (which are provided) to the continued support and guidance after the ‘training for trainers’ workshop concludes.  For more information contact the Alliance on 0141 404 0231.

Children in Scotland

A wide range of professional training is available from CiS via the website with a range of prices ranging from around £95 – £115 for a full day, but discounts may be available.  More information: Children in Scotland website or call 0131 313 2322.

Download a copy of the CiS Professional Development Guide for 2015-16

Browse the CiS events calendar and book now

The Scottish Government website’s GIRFEC page provides information about GIRFEC and useful materials as well as a link to an Interactive e-learning module and Tools for measuring progress

Shared learning

As active members of Voluntary Action Scotland, GCVS will also share the learning from this programme, with other Third Sector Interfaces and with the Scottish Government. We are also working with the National Third Sector Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) Project to ensure that learning exchanges and useful resources from the rest of Scotland will inform the work in Glasgow.

Organisational Support

The project has some resources to provide support for smaller third sector organisations who need help with internal management issues such personnel matters, workforce planning and advice on employers responsibilities.


Everyone’s Children newsletters

We provide regular updates on a range of issues affecting children, young people and families in our monthly e-bulletin, where you will find up to date information about funding opportunities, policy developments, research, training, resources and news stories.

See below for the most recent editions of the Everyone’s Children Project Round-Up, for further back issues please see our Newsletters page.

To subscribe to Everyone’s Children, please email Suzie Scott at


Project Round-Ups



GCVS is delighted to have been involved in developing new resources that will help voluntary groups deliver Scottish Government’s new universal approach to protecting the wellbeing of children in Scotland.

Touchpoint is a checklist to help Third Sector organisations prepare for parts 4,5 and 18 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2015, due to come into force in August 2016.

These relate to:

  • The Provision of Named Persons
  • The Child’s Plan
  • Assessment of Wellbeing

The checklist reflects the duties and responsibilities relevant to Third Sector organisations* and should be used in a way that reflects individual organisations’ needs.

It is based on tools designed by the Scottish Government, adapted for Third Sector organisations by The National Third Sector GIRFEC Project working in partnership with Children in Scotland, Glasgow Council for Voluntary Service, and the Health and Social Care Alliance.


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