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The National Care Service – What does it mean for Children’s Services?

September 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

How will proposals for the National Care Service affect children’s services? Join GCVS to consider the current Scot Govt consultation.

The recently published National Care Service consultation moved beyond the Feeley Review of Adult Social Care to potentially include services for children and families. Whilst this presents an opportunity to better integrate services and e.g. improve the transition to adult services for disabled children, we want to explore this more.

SallyAnn Kelly, Chief Executive of Aberlour will set the scene and share her views on the consultation. We’re also delighted to welcome Mike Burns, Assistant Chief Officer, Children’s Services, Glasgow City HSCP, who’ll bring a local authority and HSCP perspective on the National Care Service proposals.

We’ll also be looking for your ideas and views – what does this consultation mean for the services you provide? What opportunities do you see to ensure that families who come into contact with social care and social work get the right support at the right time? What could this mean for disabled children and unpaid carers?

More detail to follow but this event is free to charities, community groups and voluntary organisations working with children and families, young carers, parent carers etc.

You can read the consultation document here – https://www.gov.scot/publications/national-care-service-scotland-consultation/

SallyAnn Kelly is Chief Executive of Aberlour, Scotland’s Children’s Charity.

SallyAnn has over 30 years of experience working in Children’s Services, having qualified as a social worker in 1990. She was promoted to her first management post in 1996 and has worked in several Scottish local authorities in middle and senior management positions until 2008.Prior to joining Aberlour as CEO in 2014, SallyAnn worked for Barnardo’s Scotland, first as Head of Operations, then as Acting Director of Barnardo’s Scotland.SallyAnn has a keen interest in strengthening and improving practice with an emphasis on taking rights based approaches. She has a particular interest in improving the experiences of children and young people who have experience of the wider care system in Scotland. She has enabled Aberlour to put in place ambitious plans for improvement in how the organisation works alongside children and families – not being afraid to be led by the views of children and young people and their families.She is a member of the Scottish Government Leadership Group on Child Protection and the Perinatal Programme Board.SallyAnn has a commitment to challenging and reducing poverty and inequality and she has worked with colleagues within Aberlour and across Scotland over a number of years to ensure that reducing child poverty is at the heart of the political agenda.

Mike Burns – Glasgow City HSCP

Mike began his career in Dundee City in 1986 as a Social Worker in Child Protection. He then moved to Melbourne, Australia in 1989, first as a Social Worker, Senior Practitioner, and then as a Team Leader with Community Services in Victoria, focussing on Child Protection.

In 1992 he returned to practice as a Social Worker within Scotland, and he held a number of practitioner and management posts with Social Work settings within Fife Council, Central Region and Clackmannanshire Council in 1996 and North Lanarkshire Council in 1998.

In 2006 Mike moved to Glasgow as Head of Children’s Services for North Community Health and Care Partnership and in 2016 he became the strategic lead for Children’s Services for Glasgow City HSCP. He took up his current post of Assistant Chief Officer, Children’s Services and North East Locality in 2018 and is also Interim Chief Social Work Officer.