On Friday 13 March GCVS hosted an event to launch a new research report titled Promoting Wellbeing, Preventing Harm:  GIRFEC in Glasgow’s third sector. This research was conducted by FMR research and GCVS Everyone’s Children project and the aims of the study were to map activity in the city to help us find out:-

  • the role played by the third sector in supporting the GIRFEC agenda;
  • awareness and involvement in policy and implementation of the GIRFEC agenda;
  •  interest in and barriers to delivering and growing this role; and
  • the practical support they would like to see the Everyone’s Children project provide.

Partners and colleagues from organisations working with children, families and young people gathered to hear more about the research findings and participate in discussions about what needs to be done to consolidate and develop the third sector work with children, young people and families.

Speakers at the event included:-

  • Lynn Townsend, GIRFEC Team Children and Families Directorate
  • Gary Dover, NE Sector Glasgow Community Health Partnership
  • Melodie Crumlin & Michaela Munro – Possibilities for Each and Every Kid (PEEK)
  • Nikki Bell, Director, FMR Research Ltd
  • Liz McEntee, GCVS
  • Mick Doyle, GCVS

The report was welcomed by partners and stakeholders. In advance of the launch, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil said:

“This report shows the real value of third sector organisations in Glasgow. They are working to give children the best start in life, addressing issues of inequality and helping disadvantaged communities.

“The Scottish Government is committed to supporting the development of a sustainable and enterprising third sector and committed to supporting GIRFEC. With its inclusive approach to partnership working and focus on prevention, GIRFEC puts the child first.

“By focusing on prevention we can improve lives, tackle inequalities and support communities.”

The report Promoting Wellbeing, Preventing Harm can be browsed below