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.
Early Learning and Childcare
On 21st June 2017, the Citywide Forum hosted key speakers from Skills Development Scotland, Glasgow City Council, The Scottish Government, Scottish Childminding Association and GCVS, who explored upcoming changes to early learning and childcare in Scotland. The event was well attended and provided a vital opportunity for third sector organisations from across the city to hear about the changing landscape in early learning and childcare.
All presentations from the event can be downloaded here.
Significant Case Reviews and Child Protection
The Citywide Forum held a very successful event with Glasgow’s Child Protection Committee, ‘Significant Case Reviews & Child Protection’, on 6th September 2017. The event allowed third sector organisations working with children, young people and families in Glasgow to learn about the CPC and be given an overview of the structures and sub-groups. Interesting discussions took place around recurring themes from Significant Case Reviews and the impact they have on the third sector. The event also provided organisations the opportunity to join a working group to address some of the key issues discussed.
All of the presentations from the event can be accessed here: SCR Event Presentations.