The Development Fund drew to a close in the summer of 2015, but we are delighted to say that almost all of the projects have either secured more funding from other sources to continue the work started with the Development Fund, or they have mainstreamed the project into their core work. The learning from the project will be taken to SO1 and the Education, Children and Families Committee, to ensure that the fantastic work and learning gathered is shared. The final report on the Development Fund is available to download here.
About the Fund
The Early Years Change Fund (EYCF) represented a major investment of government funding in Scotland to improve outcomes for vulnerable children.
The fund offered an opportunity for all of those working with and providing services for children, young people and families to explore ways of moving spending away from treating problems and directing a portion of that spending towards funding solutions.
The Focus of the Development Fund is intervening early in relation to children and young people at risk of being looked after at home and accommodated. The aim is to shift the balance of care away from high cost statutory intervention in favour of measures that support the family to address problems which would lead to children needing to become looked after.
Community of Practise Workshops
Community of Practise workshops were held at EVOC in 2014 as part of the Development Fund
- Client Recording Template & Getting the Right Referrals – 22nd April 2014
Looking at developing the template into a working document and ironing out any issues, identifying referrals processes and procedures, including appropriate sources, and working with referral forms and client assessments.
- Working with Outcomes and Sharing Good Practice – 2nd June 2014
Taking the learning from the Older People’s Change Fund work carried out by EVOC previously and looking at presenting broader, softer outcomes work at the end of the project time. Networking and comparisons of the different approaches projects are taking, sharing good practise.
- Primary Outcomes Presentations from Projects (Session 1) – 4th November 2014
- Primary Outcomes Presentations from Projects (Session 2) – 13th November 2014
These sessions were an opportunity to highlight project work, talk about how things are going, identify what areas have been more difficult and discuss outcome reporting. Primarily we are starting to highlight learning from successful interventions which might inform future funding or commissioning.
Referrals and Working with Link Managers
Suzanne Glancy worked with Josie Isles to link each project to the appropriate Manager in Children and Families to help the projects gain the right referrals and hit their project targets. Link Managers are chosen from either existing health or council services and can offer appropriate support to the projects.
Project work was highlighted with a weekly feature of each project. You can read more about the projects here.
Client Monitoring Techniques
Thirteen Third Sector projects were funded under the Development Fund. Projects are all now using the Client Monitoring Template designed by Stuart Osborough to record numbers of clients they were working with and the key outcomes.
The data essentially recorded shifts in the looked after status of the child. The status is noted at the start of the work with the client , and at the end of the intervention, the outcome achieved is either to maintain or reduce this status. To date, work has started with 70 clients and has been completed with one client.