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Welcome to the Everyone's Children Newsletter!

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.

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January 2019


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

Glasgow Child Poverty Delivery Report

The Everyone's Children project has been working with Dr Rosie Ilett from CPAG Scotland to deliver a briefing on the 12th February about Glasgow's Local Child Poverty Delivery Report which she is currently coordinating. This report will become part of a national effort to tackle child poverty under the Scottish Government's Child Poverty Action Plan (available here). We are keen to ensure that the third sector's work is recognised in the plan and this briefing is an opportunity for organisations to contribute their ideas and experiences. 

Book a place at the briefing here.
Integrated Grant Fund Review

At their meeting in December, the Children, Young People and Families Citywide Forum heard from Kathleen Caskie, the Glasgow Third Sector Interface Manager, about the IGF Review. The Council and the Third Sector have embarked on a major review, which will conclude by March 2020. Over 80 third sector children's organisations currently receive over £6 million from IGF. The Citywide Forum is keen to find out what impact changes to funding might have on the sector. A survey on this will be coming out soon.
Glasgow Early Learning and Childcare Expansion Update

Glasgow City Council have published a progress report on the expansion of early learning and childcare. The report states that they have so far recruited 200 new childcare workers but acknowledges that this has contributed to recruitment and retention difficulties for funded providers in the third and private sector. GCC are therefore exploring the possibility of including funded provider posts on My Job Scotland and holding discussions with colleges around ways to increase the flow of trainees to funded providers.

The report also outlines challenges for third and private sector nurseries in paying the Living Wage to staff delivering the funded entitlement, and says that Glasgow's future commissioning rate will take guidance from the Scottish Government into account.

Read the full report here.

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

ELC Service Model and National Standard announced

The Scottish Government have announced their new service model for ELC, "Funding Follows The Child", as well as the new National Standard which all funded ELC providers will have to meet from 2020. This is intended to be a provider neutral approach which will allow parents to access their funded childcare at any setting which meets the standard.

The National Standard will require funded settings to meet certain quality requirements and pay all staff who are delivering the funded entitlement the Living Wage. It also sets out transitional arrangements which will allow organisations a 'service improvement period' where they fail to meet the quality criteria at an inspection. 

All children who are attending a funded ELC session will also be entitled to a free meal.

The full document can be accessed here.
GCHSCP Strategic Plan Consultation

There's still time to respond to the Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership consultation on their Draft Strategic Plan 2019 - 2022. You can contribute by completing an online survey by 25th January 2019. Access the survey here.
BBC Children in Need Grants

Grants of over £10,000 per project are available to not-for-profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation. Schools can also apply for funding but the project must be additional to their statutory duties.

The next closing date for applications is the 19th May 2019.

More information here.
Mental Health In Schools Update 

A report to the Education, Skills and Early Years Committee of Glasgow City Council details the work that the local authority is doing in schools to support the mental wellbeing of young people. This has involved partnership with third sector organisations, such as Place2Be and Lifelink who are providing counselling service in schools, and Children In Scotland who are delivering a mental health intervention programme to S5 and S6 pupils in 8 schools. They are also reviewing links with third sector partners such as the Notre Dame Centre to ensure that young people who need support can access it efficiently.

Read the full report here.

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

11th February 2019, 10am - 3.30pm
Albany Centre (GCVS)

Everyone's Children and the Alliance are jointly hosting this event. By the end of the session delegates will:

  • Be informed of the latest development of GIRFEC policy
  • Be familiar with the ALLIANCE GIRFEC ‘Training the Trainer’ resources and language
  • Continue to support children and young people to improve wellbeing using a variety of new resources
  • Feel confident to use these resources to plan and evaluate their project activities focusing on wellbeing outcomes

This workshop is aimed at practitioners who support children and young people with disabilities and/or long term conditions.

Book a place here.
Child Poverty Action Plan Briefing FREE
12th February 2019, 9.30am - 12.30pm
The Albany Centre (GCVS)

Glasgow is currently working on its Local Child Poverty Action Plan, gathering information and evidence about the work that agencies are doing to alleviate child poverty. They are keen that the work of the third sector is recognised in the plan.This briefing session will hear from Dr Rosie Ilett, the Glasgow Child Poverty Co-ordinator about the developing report and will be provide an opportunity for third sector organisations to input into the process. The event is free and open to all in the Everyone's Children mailing list.

Book a place here
Getting the Right People: Effective Recruitment and Selection
18th February 2019, 9.30am - 4.30pm
The Albany Centre (GCVS)

Discounted price for people on the Everyone's Children mailing list

This session aims to enhance your skills and promote best practice at every stage of the recruitment and selection procedure, from analysing the job, through to advertising, shortlisting, interviewing, and induction. We’ll also raise awareness of legal responsibilities and equalities best practice. It is aimed at managers, supervisors, Board / management committee members, or anyone else involved in recruiting paid staff.

Book a place here
Introduction to Dyslexia - Evening Session FREE
20th February 2019, 6pm - 8pm
Albany Centre (GCVS)

This training session covers:

  • What is dyslexia
  • Facts and myths
  • Typical characteristics, what does it feel like
  • What to look out for
  • Useful strategies 
Book a place here.
Evaluation Across Frameworks FREE
28th February 2019, 1pm - 4pm
The Albany Centre (GCVS)

This session is aimed at staff that are comfortable and have some experience of self-evaluation but are perhaps aware that the world of self-evaluation and measurement are not as straightforward as they seem.

Book a place here
Introduction to Child Protection 
Discount for Everyone's Children mailing list. Free to small organisations
4th March  2019, 9.30am to 12pm
The Albany Centre (GCVS)

This training is aimed at people who come into contact with children and young people in the course of their work. The aim of this course is to raise awareness of staff and/or volunteers about their responsibilities to protect children from harm, so that they can respond appropriately to concerns about children. By the end of the training, participants will be able to :

  • State the key needs of children as outlined in GIRFEC
  • Describe key terms in relation to child protection and recognise signs of abuse
  • Respond to a concern that a child may be at risk of significant harm and
  • Record information
Book here 
Teasing Out Service User Impacts FREE
26th March 2019, 10am - 1pm
The Albany Centre (GCVS)

Service users often tell us what they think we want to hear and it can therefore take a long time to tease out meaningful impacts. Built to increase participation and awareness of the service users' learning journey, this session is aimed at building those first steps towards a learner’s forum or for learners’ involvement in the planning and delivery of provision.

Book a place here

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

Health and Social Care Integration - Where Next?
4th February 2019, 12pm to 4.30pm
The Albany Centre (GCVS)

The recent Audit Scotland review of Health and Social Care Integration recognised many of the challenges familiar to stakeholders and partners who engage with the new Health and Social Care Partnerships. Attendees at this important event will hear directly from Leigh Johnston, Senior Manager from Audit Scotland. She will outline the review's findings and open a debate on how best to take these forward. 

This session is open to all third sector organisations, along with carers and individuals with an interest in the issues. 

Register here.
Social Security In Scotland - CEO Thinkspace with David Wallace
6th February 2019, 1.30pm - 4.30pm
The Albany Centre (GCVS)

The next CEO Thinkspace event will hear from David Wallace, CEO of Social Security Scotland. The fledgling agency has been formed to deliver soon to be devolved and new benefits following the Smith Commission in 2014 and the Scotland Act in 2016. This event is targeted at third sector CEOs, directors and managers from across Glasgow. 

Register here.
Children in Scotland training
Various dates

Children in Scotland have a number of events coming up in Glasgow including: 

Providing practical and emotional support for young people at risk of CSE 31st Jan
Understanding childhood trauma and healing 7th Feb
Attachment-led early years practice: a seminar with Suzanne Zeedyk 22nd Feb
Raising attainment and closing the gap: A seminar with Dr Val Corry 27th Feb
Designated Child Protection Officer 6th March
See their website for full details and booking information here 
CPAG training

Did you know the following basic level, half-day courses in Glasgow are offered at the special price of just £45 per delegate? 

Benefits for disabled children from age 16 - 12 March 2019, 1pm - 4pm

This basic level course focuses on the transition to adult benefits from age 16 for young people with disabilities or health problems who still live at home. The course is aimed at anyone working with disabled young people age 16-19 and assumes no previous knowledge of the benefits system. Book here.

Income maximisation for families - 20 March 2019, 1pm - 4pm

This half-day course looks at changes to benefits for people starting a family and families with young children, both in and out of work. This course aims to give frontline workers a basic awareness to help you to identify problems and refer on where appropriate. Book here.

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

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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