The Network is looking to fill a number of vacancies in its Third Sector representation on various partnership meetings. A list of the vacancies and further information about the partnerships themselves are listed below.
Representatives are there to represent the Sector as a whole rather than their own organisation. Reps will be expected to write a short feedback note about the meetings for circulation to Network members and to be a frequent attendee at monthly Network meetings. Further information about the role of a Network Rep can be obtained from Louise Rogers firstname.lastname@example.org You will be expected to sign a code of practice which outlines the expectations and responsibilities of the role in more detail.
Expressions of interest in any of the below vacancies should be sent to Louise at the above email.
Mentors in Violence Prevention Steering Group – NEW VACANCY
The MVP programme is a peer-mentoring project that uses a Bystander Approach to prevent gender violence and bullying. It is delivered in partnership with school staff, youth and voluntary sector staff, CLD and Police. It is a whole school/organisation approach and leadership programme that creates a culture and climate where the behaviours and attitudes that can lead to gender violence, homophobia and bullying are challenged and prevented before they escalate. Young women and men are not engaged with as victims or perpetrators but as friends, classmates and teammates. MVP focuses on prevention by exploring gender norms, making these explicit and exposing their connection to violence in relationships, homophobia and bullying.
The MVP programme covers domestic abuse, rape, sexual assault and alcohol & consent, bullying, homophobia, sexual harassment, controlling behaviour, healthy relationships, gender stereotypes, media, attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence all through the lens of a Bystander. In particular MVP engages young people in a way that motivates them to challenge abusive behaviour among their peers and become part of the solution to reducing gender violence and bullying.
The four aims of the MVP programme are:
1. Raise awareness of the issues.
2. Challenge thinking by countering mainstream messages about gender, sex and violence.
3. Open dialogue by creating a safe environment for boys and girls to share their opinions and experiences.
4. Inspire leadership by empowering participants with concrete options to effect change in their communities.
MVP has a steering group in Edinburgh made up of representatives from Children’s and Families, Elected Official, Health, Edinburgh’s Violence against Women Partnership, Police Scotland and Education Scotland. This group feeds into the Edinburgh’s Children’s and Community Safety Partnership. We are looking for a representative from the Voluntary Sector to join this group.
The group meets four times a year and is responsible for the strategic lead on how MVP develops within the City of Edinburgh. The majority of the members are at management level so an equivalent level from the Voluntary Sector would be appropriate. We are looking for someone with a background in youth work, experience of working with or a good understanding of some/all of the following issues; peer mentoring, bullying, violence against women, homophobia and delivering/developing training programmes.
Edinburgh Children’s Partnership Strategic Objective 4 sub group- Healthy Lifestyles Advisory Group – PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED July 14
We now have a vacancy as Network Representative on the Strategic Objective 4 Healthy Lifestyles Group of the Children’s Partnership.
The Children’s Partnership comprises of a series of oversight groups. Each oversight group has responsibility for a particular Strategic Outcome within the Edinburgh Children’s Partnership’s Integrated Plan for Children and Young People
The SO4 group main aim is “Our children and young people are physically and emotionally healthy”. The group looks to provide support, service and resources that enable and equip children and young people to make healthy lifestyle choices, and reduce exposure to, and therefore the negative impacts of, risky behaviours such as obesity, unsafe sex, unintended pregnancy, smoking and substance misuse.
The group contains representatives from Public Health, City of Edinburgh Council, Community Nursing, Education, CAMHS and the voluntary sector
Early Years Collaborative Workstream 4 (Years 5-8) – PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED July 14
The Early Years Collaborative is a group of partners from services including police, education, health, social work and third sector professionals committed to ensuring that every baby, child, mother, father and family in Scotland has access to the best supports available.
Workstream 4 includes factors influencing a child from start of primary to the end of P4. The aim of this workstream is to ensure that 90% of all children in each Community Planning Partnership area have reached all of the expected developmental milestones and learning outcomes by the end of Primary 4, by the end of 2021.
Edinburgh’s Early Years Collaborative is keen to include the third sector in its workstream 4 group. The attached mind map (see below) gives an indication of the range of issues that the group have identified as priorities and influences.
This will be a key role for a Network representative, with an opportunity to influence the priorities of the group and ensure that third sector views are canvassed and fed in.
Edinburgh’s Early Years Collaborative Mind Map: WKS 4 What are the barriers to reaching developmental milestones
Child Protection Committee Quality Assurance sub group – PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED MAY 14
Robust performance management, self-evaluation and quality assurance processes need to be in place across services so that Chief Officers and Child Protection Committees can assure themselves that the needs of children at risk are being met and that services are improving outcomes for all children, and in particular vulnerable children in both the short and longer term.
The Quality Assurance Sub-Committee is inviting expressions of interest to join the group from a suitably experienced individual, who can represent Edinburgh’s thirds sector through the EVOC network. It is crucial that the individual will be able to effectively contribute to the core functions of the group:
- Oversight of significant case reviews, commissioned by the Child Protection Committee; consideration of appropriate recommendations; and monitoring of any recommendations agreed by the Child Protection Committee
- Systematic approaches to self-evaluation and quality assurance, which focus on the experiences and outcomes for children and families
- Establishing effective systems to monitor the quality of key child protection processes, such as core groups, risk assessment and child protection plans
- Involving all key stakeholders, including children and families, in self evaluation and review
- Implementing and monitoring improvement plans effectively, following external scrutiny or internal assessment to ensure improvements in services and outcomes for children
- Communicating learning effectively to staff, including learning from self-evaluation
- Building capacity among the workforce by supporting the development of practitioner fora and other methods of sharing good practice
- Providing an overview of management information and statistics relating to children and young people on the local Child Protection Register, which includes analysis of trends to inform a strategic assessment of service need; and
- Ensuring that management information and statistics reports inform the development of inter-agency child protection policy and practice.
Quality Assurance Sub-Committee membership
The QA Sub-Committee meets monthly at 0830 or 1500hrs. The membership is:
- NHS Lothian / Community Health Partnership (Assistant Director, Public Protection) (Chief Nurse, Edinburgh CHP)
- Police Scotland (Detective Chief Inspector, Public Protection Unit)
- Children and Families (Senior Education Manager); (Head Of Service, Support to Children and Young People), (Service Manager, Support to Children and Young People); (Senior Performance & Information Officer)
- Health and Social Care (Chief Social Work Officer – Chair)
- Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (Locality Reporter Manager)
- Lead Officer: Child Protection
- Public Protection Administrator
Other vacancies will be advertised shortly
- Edinburgh Play Forum
- City of Edinburgh Mentors in Violence Prevention Steering Group