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Our newsletter features the latest news, policy, training and events for organisations and staff who support children and families in Glasgow and across Scotland. Please circulate to your colleagues and organisations in your networks.

If you have any news you want us to include please email everyoneschildren@gcvs.org.uk

November 2018

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Everyone's Children Evaluation and Progress Report

We are grateful to everyone who gave their views via a depth interview or by responding to the online survey, as part of the independent evaluation carried out by FMR Research.

The feedback was very positive, with three-quarters of survey respondents (74%) feeling that Everyone’s Children had helped give the Third Sector a lot more of a voice in the city’s work around children's services.

The evaluation report and our progress report for April-Sept 2018 have now been sent to the Scottish Government. You can read the full evaluation report here and our progress report here.

The latest updates and news stories that may be of interest to organisations working with children and families.

Citywide Forum Networking Event with Maree Todd MSP

The Citywide Forum was delighted to welcome Maree Todd, Minister for Children and Young People, as well as colleagues and partners from the third and public sector to a networking event on Friday 9th November. Read our blog post about the event here.
Summer Food Programme Evaluation 

Glasgow City Council has published the evaluation by Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) of the Glasgow Food Programme. 97 third sector organisations across the city provided food to 14,674 children.

Organisations who participated felt that the focus on activities rather than food was a positive aspect as this helped to prevent stigma and  fostered equality and positive relationships within communities.

Children who participated said that it allowed them to maintain friendships during the holidays and that they felt healthier and happier as a result of having regular access to good quality food.

Read the full report here.
LGBTI Inclusive Education 

Scotland will become the first country in the world to embed the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights in the school curriculum, in what campaigners have described as a historic moment.

State schools will be required to teach pupils about the history of LGBTI equalities and movements, as well as tackling homophobia and transphobia and exploring LGBTI identity, after ministers accepted in full the recommendations of the LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group. Read the full report here.

Launch of #25Calls campaign to improve children's lives

Along with a number of partner organisations, Children in Scotland have launched a campaign of 25 proposals to change the lives of children and young people. These include a call to top up Child Benefit by £5 per week to alleviate child poverty; to embed an understanding of ASNs in teacher training and CPD; and to invest in relationship-based family support.

More information here.

The latest consultations, publications and resources for organisations and people working with children and families in Scotland.

Glasgow Early Learning and Childcare Consultation

As a result of the Scottish Government’s commitment to increase the statutory early years entitlement, Glasgow City Council has recognised that there are areas of the city that require additional early learning provision. They are conducting a non-statutory consultation to gain views on proposals for capital spending that will impact various areas of the city.
 
This consultation will run until Sunday 2 December 2018. Further information on the proposals is available here.


The Citywide Forum is holding a special third sector ELC group meeting on the 28th November to discuss the consultation. Book a place here.
Recommendations to improve support for foster and kinship carers

The National Review of Care Allowances has made 12 recommendations to improve access to information and make financial support more consistent for families of children in foster, kinship or adoption care. These include consideration of a Scottish Recommended Allowance and revision of guidance for carers to clarify what benefits and support they are entitled to.

More information and download the full report here.
Providing support to unaccompanied children in Scotland

Academics at the University of Stirling have published a study examining how equipped Scottish local authorities are to provide appropriate support to unaccompanied minors arriving in Scotland. They found that the level of support available to unaccompanied children appears to vary substantially across different local authorities, although there were some examples of good practice.

Read the full report and summary here.
Consultation on the future of health and social care services 

The Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership are consulting on their Strategic Plan for 2019 - 2022. You can read the draft plan, register to attend one of the consultation events and give your views in the online survey here.
 
Grants for Community Events available

The Glasgow Community Events Fund is open to formally constituted local community groups working for and with people in Glasgow. One-off grants of £500, £750 or £1,000 are available to support a range of events and community projects. They are particularly interested in funding events that; 
  • help reduce social isolation and loneliness
  • support health and well-being
  • take place in areas of highest deprivation
  • are aimed at children and families
  • help to alleviate poverty
There will be two funding rounds in 18/19. The first closing date is Friday 16th November 2018 , the second closing date is Friday 25th January 2019.  More information here.
Funding opportunities newsletter

There are lots of funders who give grants to third sector organisations that support children, young people and families. To get updates on who is giving grants, you can subscribe to the GCVS Funding Extra bulletin and get weekly info.

Subscribe here. 
 

Upcoming Everyone's Children training & events that may be of interest to organisations working with children, young people and families.

Glasgow Early Learning and Childcare Consultation FREE
28th November 2018, 2.30pm - 4pm
The Albany Centre (GCVS)

 
The Citywide Forum is hosting a consultation meeting specifically for third sector ELC providers and others in the third sector with an interest in the ELC expansion. This meeting will help to establish a collective response to the Glasgow City Council consultation on capital investment in ELC. 

Read the consultation papers here and book a place at the meeting here.

Upcoming training & events from other organisations that may be of interest to those working with children, young people and families.

Consultation on GCHSCP Strategic Plan FREE
23rd November 2018, 9.30am to 12.30pm
Glasgow Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

 
Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership are preparing a new Strategic Plan that will shape our health and social care services over the next three years.
 
There is a special consultation event  on Children's Services which will provide you with the opportunity to hear about our plans for services that impact on children, young people and their families, and give you the chance to tell us what you think.
 
If you would like to register your interest in attending the consultation event, please contact Gail Bridges, gail.bridges@glasgow.gov.uk 
 
Dyslexia-Friendly Practice training FREE
6th December 2018, 1pm - 4pm
The Albany Centre (GCVS)


A popular follow-on from the Introduction to Dyslexia,  this session covers good practice in a learning environment but is equally relevant for support workers that need to support service users with organisational skills, writing, everyday skills etc.  Additionally, we highlight some useful apps and free software.

Book places here.
 
Restructuring, Redundancy and Changing Contracts FREE
6th December 2018, 9.30am-4.30pm
The Albany Centre (GCVS)


Change has become a way of life for many organisations and these changes can often impact upon the people who work there. This full day session will give you the information and knowledge you need to manage change effectively; exploring the legalities and best practice of redeployment, redundancy and changes to employment terms and conditions.

Book places here
 
Childcare Costs training - £45 special price 

CPAG in Scotland are currently offering a half-day training session aimed at practitioners in early years settings on what support for childcare costs is available to working families. No previous knowledge of benefits is required. This is available at a special rate of £45 per delegate or £250 as in-house training for up to 20 people.

More information and book places here.
Drug and Alcohol Awareness Courses

The Scottish Drugs Forum are currently offering a number of half-day and full-day courses on drug and alcohol awareness.

More information here.
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We would really welcome your feedback on this newsletter and any suggestions you have about future content. You can email any feedback or questions to everyoneschildren@gcvs.org.uk

Visit our website for more information about our Everyone's Children project and to see regular news updates and related resources. 

Our Everyone’s Children Project is funded by the Scottish Government to promote and support third sector services for children, young people and families. 
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