The Everyone’s Children project promotes and supports 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 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
Children’s Services Planning
- We contribute to the delivery of the Glasgow Children’s Services Plan and ongoing monitoring
- We stimulate wider participation of the third sector in the city by supporting the Citywide Forum and the North West Wellbeing Network
- We are refreshing our database of organisations that support children, young people and families, to map third sector services
We respond to consultations through written responses and consultation events, ensuring that the voice of the third sector is heard in law, policy and practice that affect children and young people in Glasgow.
Our recent consultation responses:
- Response to MSP John Finnie’s proposal for a Bill to give children equal protection from assault (Citywide Forum)
- Response to Social Security Committee’s call for written evidence: Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill
- We have conducted and launched research around the Third Sector Role in Early Learning and Childcare in Glasgow, leading to the development of a pilot project to expand Third Sector ELC provision
- We’re delivering an evening training programme for childcare workers, tailored to meet their needs
- We have a varied training and events programme and have delivered over 60 events by over 1,600 participants from a wide range of organisations
- We provide capacity building, employer and workforce development support, particularly to smaller third sector organisations
Child Poverty and the Attainment Gap
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.
Named Person scheme
As the Named Person scheme is rolled out, we’ll be involved in the development of protocols and processes and providing training and awareness raising around the Named Person Scheme. We’re also running Networking Events for statutory and Third Sector organisations to get together and share experiences.
Sharing information and good practice
- Our e-bulletin is sent out every month to 1000+ third sector organisations – providing updates on news, policy, and events and training. See the sidebar to sign up!
- We are on Twitter @EC_GCVS with instant updates, news and information about the project, events, and other relevant information for organisations working with children and families
- Our Everyone’s Children Final Report – Phase 1 can be accessed here
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Third Sector Directory
The Everyone’s Children team have been building a North West Directory providing information on third sector organisations working with children, young people and families in this area. You can access the current draft of the directory here.
At present, the directory contains information about organisations who have attended previous networking events or have filled out our third sector survey, and only covers the North West area. We will be expanding our mapping exercise to the East and South areas of the city in the Autumn. If you would like your organisation to be added to the directory, please fill in our third sector survey.
Training and Events
Everyone’s Children run a successful programme of training and events for third sector organisations in Glasgow. Events cover a range of topics, including: child protection, information sharing, child poverty, community health, GIRFEC, the Named Person service, bereavement, mental health and much more!
Presentations and training resources associated with the training programme are available via Dropbox.
Cost of the School Holidays Event
In March 2017 ‘The Cost of the School Holidays – Helping Children and Families’ was hosted by Everyone’s Children alongside Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, Children in Scotland and the PEEK Project, to look at the ways in which many low-income families in Scotland struggle over the school holidays. The event allowed delegates to hear and discuss best practice ideas for overcoming these barriers.
A report with a summary of presentations given on the day and key messages that came out of the group discussions can be downloaded here: Cost of the School Holiday – Event Report Final
In February 2017 we held a Children’s Services Plan Consultation event alongside the Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership and the new Citywide Forum. A variety of third sector organisations were able to hear about potential contents for the Children’s Services Plan, and share their views and experiences.
A summary and feedback report from the event can be downloaded here. This report will feed in to the Children’s Services Plan, of which a draft is due to be published in April 2017.
As active members of Voluntary Action Scotland, GCVS share the learning from this programme, with other Third Sector Interfaces and with the Scottish Government.
We also work 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.
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.
To subscribe to the Everyone’s Children newsletter, please sign up using the form in the sidebar, or email Suzie Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org
See below for editions of the newsletter, for further back issues please see our Newsletters page.
- Newsletter July 2017
- Newsletter June 2017
- Newsletter May 2017
- Newsletter April 2017
- Newsletter March 2017
- Newsletter February 2017
- Newsletter January 2017
- Everyone’s Children Training and Events
- Project Round-Up 15/11/16
- Project Round-Up 17/10/16
- Project Round-Up 31/03/16
- Project Round-Up 25/02/16
- Project Round-Up 19/01/16
The new Children, Young People and Families Citywide Forum was launched at the GCVS Children’s Services Plan event in February 2017.
The idea for the forum came from Everyone’s Children events in 2016 about participation in Children’s Services Planning. There was broad agreement that creating a Forum at a citywide level would enhance third sector participation and influence in key strategic areas. This does not replace local Forum networks that currently exist, but provides a more co-ordinated response to developments across the city.
Julie Richardson explains why we created a Citywide Forum.
The Forum is governed by a steering group made up of members from a variety of third sector organisations across Glasgow working with children, families and young people and is supported by the GCVS Everyone’s Children team.
The Citywide Forum aims to provide a strong and co-ordinated voice to partner agencies to influence Children’s Services across the city. It will:
- Co-ordinate reps from the 3rd sector on strategic committees on Children’s Services
- Ensure two-way communication and feedback
- Share knowledge, experience and good practice
- Gather and co-ordinate views
- Ensure that the voices of service users are heard
Eddie Kane talks about the idea behind the Forum.
The Children, Young People and Families Citywide Forum is open to all third sector organisations with an interest in this area. If you would like to join the Citywide Forum and receive updates and information, please ask to join the Forum mailing list by emailing Lisa at email@example.com