Children in Scotland Member’s Network

Hello, and welcome to the new edition of Network News, our fortnightly e-news.

In this edition we highlight our latest press release and consultation responses, and share information about upcoming free events for our members. You can also read an update on the work of CHANGE: Childcare and Nurture Glasgow East, and read blogs on young people’s heritage, and bullying and harassment.

Press release: Children in Scotland to manage new Early Learning and Childcare Inclusion Fund

Children in Scotland will manage a new fund aimed at supporting early learning and childcare settings to meet the needs of children with additional support needs.

The Early Learning & Childcare Inclusion Fund will provide funding to early learning and childcare (ELC) settings to support children with additional support needs in Scotland access their funded entitlement. It will fund staff working in ELC settings to receive appropriate training, and fund resources, equipment and adaptations.

The fund will open to applications at noon on Thursday 31 May 2018.

>          Read our press release

Free member event: Guardianship and power of attorney for children, young people and families

When a child reaches the age of 16, parents and carers lose the authority to act on their child’s behalf. This can be particularly worrying if the child suffers from a condition that will make it difficult for them to look after their own welfare and finances.

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Free resources to support conversations with children and young people

This week we welcomed representatives from the Finnish Association for Mental Health to the Children in Scotland office to discuss approaches to mental health promotion for children and young people. They have produced an array of excellent free resources to support conversations with children and young people (available in English), available to download.

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Policy, Projects and Participation update

We are delighted to have a Masters student placement from the University of Edinburgh with us in the Policy, Projects and Participation department for two months. Anna is focusing on what children and young people living in Scotland have said about what promotes good mental health and wellbeing. Her research paper will support her achieving her qualification and be available to Children in Scotland members as a resource from late summer.

We joined the Scottish Alliance for People and Places this month, which brings together a wide range of organisations from across the planning and placemaking sector in Scotland to promote a more inclusive, respected, holistic and innovative system of planning. We will be working together on the Planning Bill, currently at Stage 1 in the Scottish Parliament, ensuring that the needs and priorities of children and young people are recognised within the Bill.

>          Find out more about the Alliance

CHANGE: Childcare and Nurture, Glasgow East

CHANGE is a three-year project (2016-2019) project working to create better childcare for communities in the East of Glasgow.

For many communities in Scotland the provision of affordable, accessible early years, after-school and holiday care is particularly poor. We believe that good quality, flexible, affordable childcare services can help to mitigate the impacts of deprivation and build foundations and resilience that support children for life.

This project aims to develop and implement a sustainably funded approach to the delivery of services that focuses on family and the local area.

>          Read the latest CHANGE news bulletin

 Free member event: An introduction to safer interviewing

This session is designed as a taster for NSPCC’s Safer Interviewing course and aimed at individuals who have responsibility for interviewing candidates for posts that interact with children and young people. You will learn how to ask clear and relevant questions in structured interviews, with a distinct focus on personality, behaviour and attitudes.

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Blog: Every child’s right to live free from bullying and harassment

Respect for All is the Scottish Government’s national anti-bullying guidance. It provides a framework for all adults working with children and young people, to make sure that responses to bullying are clear and consistent. The guidance doesn’t just apply to schools, but to all organisations providing services for children and young people.

In this blog post from Enquire, you can find out more about the key principles in Respect for All that you can expect school and organisationsal anti-bullying policies to include.

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Event: The origins of ACEs – and how to support children affected by them

ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) are a hot topic among practitioners as we increasingly draw on research about them to improve our work with children and young people. This seminar will examine the background of ACEs and explore topics including:

  • The background of ACEs and where the term came from
  • The different categories of ACEs
  • How to support the parents and carers of children and young people who have experienced ACEs
  • Knowing the children and young people we work with so we can better support them.

>          Find out more and book a place

Upcoming consultations

There are lots of opportunities to respond to consultations on issues of relevance to children and young people. Members may be particularly interested in submitting a response to the following consultations:

>        Read previous consultation responses from Children in Scotland here

Blog: What does heritage mean to you?

In our latest blog post, Policy & Participation Officer Jane Miller shares her perspective on an exciting new project evaluating local history and culture from the perspective of children.

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Free member event: Listening to children and young people, exploring participative methodologies

Our participative methodologies session is a chance to explore commonly used participative methods and gain insights into how we gather children’s and young people’s views. The training is underpinned by our principles and guidelines for meaningful participation and engagement. This creative session will encourage you to express your views in a safe and welcoming space.

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If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch with Lisa Clark, our Senior Communications Officer – Membership.

Our next Network News will be published on Thursday 7 June.