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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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December 2018

The Everyone's Children team hope everyone has a great festive period! We would like to thank you all for your support and look forward to continuing our programme in 2019.

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

Children's Mental Health Conference with Claire Haughey MSP

The Everyone's Children project recently hosted a one day conference on the third sector role in supporting children and young people's mental wellbeing. The keynote speech was given by Claire Haughey MSP, Minister for Mental Health. The event also featured presentations from Dame Dr Denise Coia, Chair of the Mental Health Taskforce; Fiona Moss, Head of Health Improvement at GCHSCP and Hilda Campbell from COPE Scotland, as well as a range of workshops by third sector organisations.

Read our blog about the event here.
Scottish Government Budget 2018

The Scottish Government made a number of spending commitments in its budget this week which will affect children, young people and families:

  • £180m to raise educational attainment, including £120m of Pupil Equity Funding
  • Increasing direct investment in mental health by £27m, including improving support for children and young people and in schools, colleges and universities
  • £500 million to expand funded early learning and childcare, supporting the recruitment and training of staff and investment in building, refurbishment and extension of around 750 nurseries and family centres
More information here. 

The Scottish Government also announced a £6m investment to address workplace barriers for disabled parents.
Glasgow Summer Food Programme Evaluation Event

Glasgow City Council recently hosted an event to discuss the evaluation report on the Summer Food Programme and get feedback from participating organisations on how the programme could be improved in future. Participants said that a more coordinated approach could potentially allow organisations to work together and provide both children and their parents with more meals. Applications for the February break are now open. The closing date is 21st December 2018 - so get your application in soon. Click here for details. 

In case you missed it, the evaluation of the summer programme can be read here.

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

Response to call for evidence on mental health support for young people

We responded to the Scottish Parliament's call for evidence on mental health support for young people, based on feedback from our Children's Mental Health conference. This is available to read here.
Response to Glasgow Early Years Capital Investment Consultation

The Everyone's Children Project and the Citywide Forum Early Learning and Childcare sub-group recently hosted a meeting to collate a third sector response to the Glasgow Early Years Capital Investment consultation. Our written response can be downloaded here.
Primary Care Services Consultation

The Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership and the Integration Joint Board are consulting about the future of primary care. This includes not only GP practices but a wider range of services including health visiting and mental health support. You can contribute by completing an online survey or by attending the consultation event on 10th January 2019. Complete the survey or register to attend the event here.
First Steps Young Parents Project and Lone Parent Helpline

One Parent Families Scotland are running a project to support parents aged 16 - 24 prepare for education or employment, claim Universal Credit and budget for their family as well as learning other parenting skills. Download the leaflet here and contact for more information.

OPFS also run a lone parents helpline which now includes live telephone interpretation for parents whose first language is not English. More information here.
Best Start Grant Toolkit

The Best Start Grant opened for applications from new parents and parents of young children on Monday 10th December and the Scottish Government are asking that information about the grant be shared as widely as possible in order to maximise take up. They have produced a toolkit to help staff understand the grant which can be downloaded here.

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

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
Child Poverty Action Plan Briefing FREE
12th February 2019, 9.30pm - 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)

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.

People on the Everyone's Children mail list can benefit from the special price of £70. 

Book a place 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.

15th January 2019, 9am - 12pm
Albany Centre (GCVS)

GCVS members are warmly invited to join us at our Annual General Meeting. We are delighted to have Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, as our keynote speaker. Our AGM will offer an opportunity for genuine conversation with Susan about the major economic and social benefits brought to Glasgow by the Third Sector each year and how this can be strengthened to inform her leadership of the new Glasgow Partnership for Economic Growth. 

Register here.
Social Security In Scotland - CEO Thinkspace with David Wallace
6th February 2019, 1.30pm - 4.30pm
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.
11th February 2019, 10am - 3.30pm
Albany Centre (GCVS)

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.
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.
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

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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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