The 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.
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 provides a strong and co-ordinated voice to partner agencies to influence Children’s Services across the city. It works to:
- Co-ordinate reps from the third 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.
In February 2017 we held a Children’s Services Plan Consultation event alongside the Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership. 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 fed into the Glasgow Integrated Children and Young People’s Service Plan 2017 – 2020 [1Mb, which was published in August 2017. You can download the full plan here.
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.
The Citywide Forum, alongside the Everyone’s Children team, have held three networking events in the North West, North East and South areas of the city for local councillors and staff working in health, social care and education to meet up with third sector organisations who provide services for children, young people and families. The events have been extremely successful, allowing a variety of statutory partners to make connections for potential partnership working with the third sector in their local area.
To accompany each event, Everyone’s Children produced Third Sector Directories, providing information on organisations working with children, young people and families in each area:
The Early Learning and Childcare sub-group and Everyone’s Children hosted an event on 5th May on Outdoor Play. Speakers included Henry Mathias from the Care Inspectorate, Rachel Cowper from Inspiring Scotland and staff from 3D Drumchapel and the Jeely Piece Club. It was an interesting and informative afternoon, with a lot of questions and discussion from the audience of childcare staff.
April 2018 – National Third Sector GIRFEC Project: Promising Planning
In April 2018, Children in Scotland became the host for the National Third Sector GIRFEC project, taking over from previous partners Barnardo’s Scotland, Voluntary Action Scotland and the Improvement Service.
The final output from the original team Promising Planning has been produced to support and encourage the effective collaboration of the third sector and all planning partners in the ongoing development of Children’s Services Plans.
The Citywide Forum featured in the report as a good practice example of enabling ‘a more coordinated response by third sector to developments across the city’ and was highlighted as an opportunity to ‘improve partnership working on planning, commissioning, design and delivery of services’.
Access the report here.
March 2018 – Significant Case Reviews & Child Protection Working Group
The Citywide Forum’s Significant Case Review/Child Protection sub-group met on 10th April to identify processes for third sector to implement and disseminate findings from Significant Case Reviews and to form a city-wide action plan. This action plan will then be fed back to the Glasgow Child Protection Committee.
The group plan to meet again on 17th May 2018. If you are interested in joining, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
February 2018 – Early Learning and Childcare News
In February Everyone’s Children, with input from the Citywide Forum Early Learning and Childcare sub-group, created an Early Learning and Childcare Newsletter.
Glasgow’s Third Sector plays a significant role in providing childcare – through nurseries, out of school services, family support services and a huge variety of after-school and school holiday activities. The newsletter will keep people up to date with Glasgow’s developing childcare strategy, to ensure that all children in the city aged 0 to 16 have access to childcare support.
View the newsletter here.
If you would like to join the Citywide Forum Early Learning and Childcare Sub-group, please get in touch: email@example.com
January 2018 – Transformational Change Meeting
On Friday 19th January, Everyone’s Children and the Citywide Forum met with key staff from Children and Young People’s Services at Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (GCHSCP).
Mike Burns (Assistant Chief Officer, Children’s Services), Pat Togher (Head of Children’s Services North East), Karen Dyball (Head of Children’s Services North West) and Gary Dover (Head of Planning & Strategy, Children and Families) were present to discuss their upcoming Children and Young People’s transformational change programme 2018-21, as was presented to the GCHSCP Integrated Joint Board in November 2017.
As part of this, GCHSCP have begun to move expenditure from high cost residential care to delivering preventative and early intervention support work with families. This will ensure that, where necessary, more young people are sustained at home for longer.
Transformational change will have significant implications for Third Sector services through the new family support tendering framework. It was therefore significant that the Citywide Forum were able to begin a conversation with GCHSCP around how best Third Sector family support services can get fully involved in this process. Citywide Forum steering group members highlighted the broad range of experience in the Third Sector – from light touch family support through to acute interventions.
Mike Burns promised that the Citywide Forum would be involved in the development of the commissioning framework of new family support services.
January 2018 – Community Planning
On 10th January, Everyone’s Children and members of the Citywide Forum Early Learning and Childcare sub-group attended the Glasgow Community Planning Strategic Board and Executive Group Development Day, to contribute to the Glasgow Community Action Plan. This focuses on Economic Growth, Resilient Communities, A Fairer More Equal Glasgow and priority areas of Childcare and Transport. The session heard from a range of speakers on key issues facing the city.
Our participants stressed the crucial role of the Third Sector in helping to deliver the City’s aim for “Glasgow to be a world class city, with thriving and resilient communities where everyone can flourish and benefit from the city’s success.”
Isobel Lawson, Stepping Stones for Families, has written a blog on the Development Day, view it here.
December 2018 – Third Sector Summit
This major event was organised in partnership with Glasgow’s Third Sector Interface. The main focus of the day was to create a transformed relationship between the Third Sector and Glasgow City Council. Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, David McDonald opened the day by thanking the Third Sector for the huge contribution it makes in the city, acting as the backbone of local communities.
There were contributions from a range of Third Sector organisations and Suzie Scott, Everyone’s Children Manager, spoke of the importance of Third Sector networks in Glasgow, using the Citywide Forum’s success as an example.
The next step will be to develop a Partnership Agreement between GCC and the Third Sector. For more information on the event, see the blog by Kathleen Caskie, Third Sector Forum Manager here.
Citywide Forum Steering Group Minutes:
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- December 2017
- November 2017
- October 2017
- September 2017
- August 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- January 2017
Citywide Forum Early Learning & Childcare Sub-group Minutes:
- Early Learning & Childcare Sub-group – 11.09.17
- Early Learning & Childcare Sub-group – 30.10.17
- Early Learning & Childcare Sub-group – 22.01.18
Glasgow Children’s Services Planning
- Glasgow Integrated Children and Young People’s Service Plan 2017-20
- Report on Partnership Culture in Children’s Services in Glasgow (by Aston OD)
Glasgow City Council Committees
- Education, Skills and Early Years City Policy Committee – Agenda Paper 26.04.18
- Education, Skills and Early Years City Policy Committee – Agenda and Papers 7.6.18
Glasgow’s Early Learning & Childcare Expansion
- Everyone’s Children Research: The Third Sector Role in Early Learning and Childcare
- Glasgow City Council Childcare Expansion Plan: The Glasgow Offer
- Skills Development Scotland: Early Learning and Childcare Skills Investment Plan