We are pleased to be able to invite you to our upcoming briefings detailing the process for applying to host Primary Care Community Link Workers:
Please click on the date for the link to book – we will then send you a pack with the documents and we can plan for teas/coffees.
All of the events are the same, so please choose only one. You do not have to attend the event closest to you if that is not a convenient date.
There are seven documents to download to apply to host a Community Link Worker – the events will provide further info and an opportunity to ask questions.
- 1. CLW Commissioning Organisational Details Form
- 2. CLW Commissioning Proposal Form
- A CLW Grant Process Sep 2019
- A Appendix 1 CLW 2020 Commisioning Process Diagram
- A Appendix 2 Critical Success Factors
- B CLW Handbook
- C CLW Commissioning Proposal Form Questions Guidance
We recently held a thinkSpace event that brought together third sector organisations in Scotland, as well as representatives from The City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian to develop ideas around system change to improve the lives of children and young people in Edinburgh.
We were joined by Kevin Miller from Glasgow City Council and Andrew Murray from Safe Families for Children Scotland who presented their model for system change from the North-East Together consortium. A group of third sector organisations in North-East Glasgow have been working with Glasgow City Council over the last two years to expand the capacity of third sector work with more families who don’t require long term statutory intervention.
Analysis of the data has shown that the system is at breaking point: approximately 1 in 10 children in the most deprived localities of Glasgow are known to social work, £94.9 million is spent on care placements each year and children received into care have over 60% chance of being accommodated out with Glasgow.
A new approach has started to be developed for families who are not in need of a social worker to prevent situations worsening and statutory intervention becoming a necessity. Change ideas highlighted include: improved partnership working, reallocation of resources and joint assessment procedures, enabling third sector organisations to support vulnerable families to thrive and stay together, reducing the need for statutory services.
Having been inspired by the above concept, we considered how we could shift resources into early action for children’s services within Edinburgh, focusing on the following questions:
· What does change look like?
· How do local systems work?
· What are the barriers to change?
This event is the start of a conversation between third sector organisations working with children, young people and the statutory sector to improve the lives of children and their families in Edinburgh.
Our next event will be held on June 19th in partnership with colleagues from Children and Families Social Work at The City of Edinburgh Council- we look forward to the prevention strategies around models of systems change we can develop at this event.
Last August a working group of EVOC’s Children, Young People and Families Network met to discuss co-producing ideas for system change within children’s services. The group identified family support as a priority area for investigation.
Join us for a thinkSpace event that will bring together third sector organisations in Scotland, as well as representatives from City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian, to develop ideas around system change to improve the lives of Children and Young People in Edinburgh.
The purpose of this meeting is to build shared understanding- of change, systems, barriers and solutions- so that we can move on to a more in-depth conversation with The Children’s Partnership in Edinburgh.
The outcomes of this event will be to:
- Build stronger strategic collaboration between relevant third sector organisations on partnership and prevention in family support.
- Find two or three test of change ideas that focus on prevention to take forward in partnership with the public sector.
- Mobilize relevant third sector organisations to continue to build on partnership and prevention strategies with the public sector over the term of the Children’s Services Plan.
Eddie Kane from Barnardo’s Scotland and Andrew Murray from Safe Families for Children Scotland will be presenting their learnings from the consortium North-East Together. The consortium is made up of third sector organisations in North-East Glasgow, who have been working together to expand the capacity of the third sector to take on more families who don’t require long-term statutory intervention. Analysis of data has shown that a sizable proportion of referrals involve low-level crisis intervention, poverty and/or social isolation. Many of these referrals could be taken on by third sector organisations through improved partnership working and support.
A wide range of members from the Children, Young People and Families Network in Edinburgh will also be presenting their learned experience and test of change ideas.
The outcomes, ideas and discussions generated at this event will inform dialogue between all partners that provide Children’s Services in Edinburgh about improving early support for families.
A joint event involving EVOC and Children’s Services is scheduled for June 19th 2018 to further investigate system change.
Making the transition from education and children’s services to adult life is both a daunting and exciting prospect for young people and their families.
The Seven Principles of Good Transitions 3 details the importance of working in a person centred way, highlighting the importance of planning, information and support co-ordinated across all services.
With locality working, reorganisation within Children and Families and integrated Adult Services, how do we ensure that these principles will continue to be met for all young disabled people and their carers in Edinburgh?
This free event is an opportunity to raise action points for how we address the above question, and will bring together people with lived experience, colleagues in the statutory and third sectors working in planning, support and provision of services.
The event will be chaired by Andy Jeffries, Head of Children’s Services, City of Edinburgh Council, and we will hear from:
- Young people and parents/ carers with lived experience of transitions
- Scott Read, Scottish Transitions Forum
- City of Edinburgh Council
This will be followed by workshops where we will be exploring what is working well within transitions and what could be improved. We will focus on identifying priorities for improving transitions for young people and their families.
On Thursday 11th February, there was a special meeting of the Education, Children and Families Committee to consider the recommendations outlined in the new report on Children & Families Revenue Grants to Third Parties 2016/19.
EVOC made a deputation at the Committee Meeting based on this briefing paper. We recommended that the Committee establish a Checkpoint Group to review the impact of the grants decisions on all organisations involved and to put together a report on the ‘lessons learnt’ from this process.
We will keep the sector updated on any progress.
Kate Kasprowicz from EVOC leads on SO6, but joined the group after much of the work on the action plans had been carried out. As a result there is a disproportionate focus on the contribution of the public sector.
Kate would like to redress the balance and ensure the work of the Sector is included when the plan is refreshed next year. She is looking for voluntary sector representatives to get involved in the work of SO6 and help highlight the excellent work of organisations committed to tackling the impact of poverty and inequality on children and young people.
Further information can be found in the documents below:
- Child Poverty SO6 Strategy (2)
- SO6 Action Plan – Places 08 15
- SO6 Action Plan – Pockets August 15
- SO6 Action Plan – Prospects August 15
If you are interested, passionate and enthusiastic – please contact Kate Kasprowicz.
The Edinburgh Children’s Partnership have published the Integrated Plan for Children & Young People 2015 – 2018.
The Edinburgh Children’s Partnership directs the strategic planning, development and delivery of children and young people’s services on behalf of the Edinburgh Partnership.
The Partnership’s vision is that all children and young people in the city enjoy their childhood and fulfil their potential whatever their circumstances. To achieve this we place children, young people and families at the heart of all our services and provide support when it is needed throughout childhood and the transition to adulthood. The Edinburgh Children’s Partnership comprises representatives from City of Edinburgh Council (CEC), Voluntary Sector (through EVOC), NHS Lothian (NHS), Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA), Police Scotland and Edinburgh College
Working in Partnership to support Children and Young People
The Edinburgh Voluntary Sector – Led Training Programme will take place over the months of April/May. The events will have a GIRFEC focus and include the following sessions:
2nd April – GIRFEC, the Voluntary Sector and Culture Change
23rd April – Families Outside – Out of the Shadows
24th April – The Work of Counselling Children
1st May – Joint Seminar dedicated to adolescent development
5th May – Working with Children and Their Families Affected by Child Sexual Abuse/Exploitation
14th May – Supported Parenting – Getting it right for parents with learning disabilities
21st May – Sharing songs and rhymes with babies and young children – How to deliver a Rhymetime in any setting
These events are all free and are open to all working within Edinburgh Children’s Partnership, however please be aware spaces are limited and early booking is advised. More information about each course can be found by clicking on the relevant link above. You can also download and share the Voluntary Sector Led Training Programme.
City of Edinburgh Council is currently consulting on proposals for savings and investments for the annual budget 2015/16.
EVOC has pulled together a dedicated CEC budget consultation page, with information and resources, which are available here.
We cannot emphasise enough how it is really important that as many organisations as possible respond to the consultation.
We’d also be grateful if organisations could send us a copy of anything you submit to: email@example.com. We plan to publish responses on CEC budget consultation page, to help other people consider the issue for themselves.