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All Network Representatives agree to represent the wider interests of the Network (not merely the interests of the individual organisation from which they come) – for more details see the Network Code of Practice. Reps report back to the Network via this feedback form.
Partnership groups on which the Network is represented include:
- Children’s Partnership
- Chief Officer’s Group
- Children’s Services Management Groups
- Best Start Subgroup
- Parenting Framework Implementation Group
- Edinburgh Child Protection Committee (ECPC)
- ECPC Training Subgroup
- Edinburgh Alcohol and Drugs Partnership – Children, Young People and Families Subgroup
- Total Craigroyston Steering Group
The purpose of the Children’s Partnership is to oversee the strategic direction of children’s services in Edinburgh. The Children’s Partnership sits within the community planning structures headed by the Edinburgh Partnership. The aim of the Partnership is to deliver the Scottish Government’s vision for children and young people through:
- considering children’s services as a single service system;
- establishing a joint children’s services plan;
- ensuring inclusive access to universal services;
- coordinating needs assessment; coordinating intervention;
- and effectively targeting services.
Meets on the first Wednesday every two months. You can view the Children’s Partnership terms of reference.
Joan Fraser, Network Chair
Kate Polson, Lead Officer on Inequalities, Poverty and Deprivation
The functions of this group are:
- to consider the strategic implications of inter-agency planning and work collectively to remove financial or structural barriers to achieving the Children’s Partnership’s agreed objectives;
- to ensure that strategic decisions in relation to services for children, young people and families are congruent with – and reflect – the partners’, local and national priorities;
- to ensure that Elected Members and members of partners’ governance structures are fully conversant with and able to inform and influence the planning and delivery of services for children, young people and families;
- to drive associated organisational change processes when required.
Meets first Wednesday every two months, alternating with the Children’s Partnership.
Joan Fraser, Network Chair
The remit of these groups is to work collaboratively and improve outcomes for children, young people and their families through the effective local coordination and management of children’s services and resources. The voluntary sector representative on each CSMG should link into the relevant Voluntary Sector Forum to help ensure coordinated representation of the sector.
Meet every two months.
North West: Marilyn Keilloh
East: Susan Heron
South: Sandy Corlett
South West: Danny Holligan
West: Margot MacKenzie
Strategic Objective 1: Our Children have the best start in life
Children’s Services Priority 1: Support early years is improved and problems are identified and addressed early
This group originated from the Early Years subgroup of the Children’s Partnership. This group developed the Early Years Framework which evolved into the Parent Carer Framework, overseen by this group. The idea was to make sure that a number of related groups (Play Strategy, Early Years Framework, Parent Carer Framework., Family Nurse Partnership, GIRFEC) work in a joined up way so that what needs to be done is achieved and there is not any duplication or overlapping.
Meets every two months.
Rep: David Wilson
This strategic partnership feeds into Strategic Objective 1 of the Children’s Partnership. It implements the parent carer framework training e.g Growing Confidence, PEEP’s etc.
Meets every two months
Rep: Theresa Allison
Child Protection Committees are locally-based, inter-agency strategic partnerships responsible for the design, development, publication, distribution, dissemination, implementation and evaluation of child protection policy and practice across the public, private and wider third sectors in their locality and in partnership across Scotland. Their role, through their respective local structures and memberships, is to provide individual and collective leadership and direction for the management of child protection services across Scotland. They work in partnership with their respective Chief Officers’ Groups and the Scottish Government to take forward child protection policy and practice across Scotland. Link: Edinburgh Child Protection Committee
Meetings are every two months. Meetings are held at the City Chambers at 2pm.
This subgroup looks at multi-agency training across the city with respect to Child Protection, contributing to and monitoring the effectiveness of the training programme.
Meets every two months.
Rep: Sharon Guest
This group (previously the Surge Core group) discusses EADP strategy and how it meets the needs of children, young people and families or identify gaps in the strategy and how these may be addressed.
Meets every three months.
Rep: Sam Anderson
A new working group looking tackle issues for children, young people and families in the north Edinburgh area. The focus of the group is:
- Improving communication
- Delivering better outcomes – the Partnership Single Outcome Agreement and the Local Community Plan
- Sharing priorities for children and young people – local examples of good practice, the Edinburgh Guarantee etc.
- Joint commitment to tackling key issues in the community
The Voluntary Sector representative on the Steering Group is Theresa Allison, from North Edinburgh Childcare: firstname.lastname@example.org
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