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, Children’s Services Planning and Child Poverty – 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.
- We have delivered 40 events and training sessions attended by over 1,200 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 Forum. Read more in the Citywide Forum tab
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. See the sidebar to sign up!
- 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
- 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.
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.
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
Children’s Services Plan Consultation Event
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.
Over the next three years there will be significant investment in childcare services nationally, to meet the extension of the free entitlement to 1140 hours per year by 2020 for all 3 and 4 year olds, plus for eligible 2 year olds. We are developing a workforce development strategy to ensure that the third sector plays a full and positive role in Glasgow’s childcare strategy.
Children in Scotland
Scottish Out of School Care Network
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 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.
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.
- 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