GCVS is delighted to have been involved in developing new resources that will help voluntary groups deliver Scottish Government’s new universal approach to protecting the wellbeing of children in Scotland. The guides, Third Sector Touchpoints will help all voluntary organisations prepare for the implementation of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, which will come into force in August 2016.
Barnardo’s Scotland, Children in Scotland, Improvement Service, Voluntary Action Scotland, the ALLIANCE and Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector with support from the Scottish Government have produced the guides, which are designed to support those organisations delivering primary prevention services to children young people and families.
The Third Sector Touchpoints were launched on Thursday 19 November at a reception in the Scottish Parliament hosted by George Adam MSP that also highlighted the work of the National Third Sector GIRFEC Project.
Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People said: “The Scottish Government recognises the crucial importance of the Third Sector in the design and delivery of services for our children. We therefore welcome the Third Sector Touchpoints as an important part of preparing the voluntary sector for the implementation of the Children and Young People Act. The Scottish Government will continue to work with both the public and third sectors to realise the vision of making Scotland the best place in the world to grow up.”
Speaking ahead of the reception George Adam MSP said: “It is a privilege to host this event which recognises that the structures and processes must be in place in order to give our young people the best possible support. It is important that Third Sector organisations have the best information and guidance in order to take forward the Scottish Government’s aims for our children. This will help ensure that those aims are met.”
Helen MacNeil, GCVS Chief Executive said: “GCVS is proud to have been involved in supporting the development of the new Third Sector Touchpoints through our ‘Everyone’s Children’ project. They provide an essential checklist for Third Sector organisations to assess readiness for the implementation of GIRFEC and the Named Person role, and identify what they may still need to do, to fulfil the duties and responsibilities of the Act.”
Maureen McAteer, Director of the National Third Sector GIRFEC Project said:
“Transforming children and young people’s outcomes requires us to commit to even greater levels of joint working. The Third Sector Touchpoints seek to build on and strengthen existing good practice and are a part of our wider activity to create, nurture and enable partnerships within and between the third and statutory sectors to ensure we make the best possible use of our collective resources.
The Touchpoints can be accessed on the Barnardos website.