Lisa Wright – Everyone’s Children Project Development Worker
The Everyone’s Children team had an excellent turnout of over 80 participants at The Albany Centre for our consultation event on the Children’s Services Plan for Glasgow, at the start of February. The event was jointly hosted by GCVS, the Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (GCHSCP) and the new Third Sector Children, Young People and Families Citywide Forum – which was launched on the day.
Gary Dover from GCHSCP guided attendees through the draft Children’s Services Plan and participants were able to share their views, with lots of engaging, interesting and thought-provoking discussions taking place.
The key priorities in the Plan – keeping children safe, family support, early intervention, raising attainment, and looked after children – were welcomed by attendees at the event. Delegates also applauded the GCHSCP emphasis on transforming the balance of care from crisis care to investment in prevention, and the commitment to work in partnership with the Third Sector, together with families and communities.
The workshop discussions highlighted the vast range of services and activities provided by the Third Sector for Children, Young People and Families – from toddler groups and nurseries to things like family support, counselling, youth work, and employability.
- The commitment to partnership working with the third sector and service users should encompass service planning, commissioning, design and delivery.
- GCHSCP must also work with the 3rd sector to ensure that organisations have stable, multi-year funding
- There is a need for more networking, more joint discussions and more shared training to break down some of the barriers between the voluntary and statutory sectors.
- Finally, the launch of the Citywide Forum was welcomed. People attending hoped there would be more events in the future to continue the dialogue and discussion.
The Citywide Forum was developed by our Everyone’s Children Project in response to feedback from events & networking session throughout 2016 which identified participation in Children’s Services Planning as a priority for the Third Sector.
Designed to enhance Third Sector participation & influence in key strategic areas related to children, families & young people – the new Citywide Forum doesn’t replace the local forum network that currently exists, but is intended to provide a more co-ordinated response across the city.
Catch up with Forum member Eddie Kane of Barnardos, talking about why the Forum is an important addition that will help the third sector contribute to planning & decision making at citywide level: