Citywide Forum CYPF
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 Children, Young People and Families Citywide Forum is open to all third sector organisations with an interest in this area.
As a very small organisation we have become part of a network of practitioners, which has been informative and inspiring. The access to information, training and becoming part of the Citywide directory has helped us to raise our profile, have a broader understanding of Children’s Services in Glasgow and make links with other organisations.
Lorna Walker, Youth Mindfulness
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 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
A list of the current steering group members can be found here.
Read about our latest news here
May 2019 – IGF Survey Results
The Citywide Forum recently surveyed children and families organisations in Glasgow about the review of the Integrated Grant Fund and the future of third sector funding in the city. Read about the key findings below (click here to enlarge).
April 2019 – Governor of The Bank of England Visit
Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector had the pleasure of organising a community forum with Mark Carney, Governor of The Bank of England. Representatives from The Citywide Forum were present with engaging questions and insightful feedback.
Read Mark Carney’s reflective blog here.
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 thematic work of the Forum.
Strategic Planning and Policy
Children’s Services Plan
Assessment of Care Toolkit
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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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