Citywide Forum CYPF

The Glasgow Children, Young People and Families Citywide Forum was established in 2017 at the GCVS Children’s Services Plan event.

The idea for the forum came from Everyone’s Children events 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 Children, Young People and Families Citywide Forum is open to all third sector organisations with an interest in this area.

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 collaborative voice to partner agencies to influence Children’s Services across the city. It works to:

  • Co-ordinate reps from the third sector on strategic Children’s Services Committees
  • Ensure two-way communication and feedback and build relationships
  • Share knowledge, experience and good practice
  • Gather and co-ordinate views
  • Ensure that the voices of service users are heard

If you would like to know more or join the Third Sector Forum please contact

Read about our latest news here

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March 2019 – Neglect Summit

Speakers from the Citywide Forum contributed to the Child Protection Committee’s recent summit on tackling child neglect. Isobel Lawson, CEO of Stepping Stones for Families, and Karen McFadzean, manager of the Action For Children North Glasgow Family Support Centre, presented examples of their work which demonstrate the contribution that the third sector can make to protecting children and improving overall family wellbeing.

The summit also included input from academics on the links between child neglect and poverty and discussion of the learning from a recent Significant Case Review.

Read a blog summarising the key learning from the day here.



Click on the toggles below to find out about the Steering Group and Sub-Groups of the Forum.

Steering Group

The Citywide Forum’s Steering Group meets monthly and consists of the following members:

  • Sharon Colvin (3D Drumchapel)
  • Maxine Hawthorne (Aberlour)
  • Michelle King (Aberlour)
  • Karen McFadzean (Action for Children)
  • Eddie Kane (Barnardo’s)
  • Alison McIntyre (Barnardo’s)
  • Kerry McGhee (Blue Triangle)
  • Julie Richardson (Children 1st)
  • Linda Jardine (Children 1st)
  • Liann Weir (Crossreach)
  • Fiona Carmichael (Early Years Scotland)
  • Laura Lennon (Geeza Break)
  • Nikki Chung (Glasgow East Women’s Aid)
  • Nikki O’Hara (Home Start Glasgow North)
  • Colette Boyle (Home Start Glasgow South)
  • Yvette O’Donnell (Includem)
  • Lynsey Smith (Includem)
  • Lee Anthony (One Parent Families Scotland)
  • Jackie Tolland (Parent Network Scotland)
  • Michaela Collins (PEEK Project)
  • Lynsay Mackay (Quarriers)
  • Alison Mason (Rosemount Lifelong Learning)
  • Joanne Aitken (Scottish Association for Mental Health)
  • Millie McLachan (Scottish Childminding Association)
  • Esther Muchena (Scottish Refugee Council)
  • Kevin Miller (Stepdown)
  • Isobel Lawson (Stepping Stones for Families)
  • Gwen Galbraith (With Kids)


The Citywide Forum has the following sub-groups, all of which are open to anyone with interest in the topic.

  • Family Support
  • Children’s Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Child Poverty

Our Work

Click on the toggles below to find out about the thematic work of the Forum.


Networking Events

The Citywide Forum, alongside the Everyone’s Children team, have held 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 are

Significant Case Reviews and Child Protection


Children’s Services Plan Consultation 

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