Key Points
  • Implementing the Getting it Right for Every Child Policy: creating a multi-agency approach to enhance services
  • Improving Support Available for Vulnerable Children in Scotland: engaging with children and their families to remove social mobility barriers
  • Exploring Mental Health Services: early intervention and community-based support
  • Integrating Childrens Services: Strengthening leadership, strategic planning and accountability arrangements


Overview

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Christopher Chapman, Director, Policy Scotland
  • Michael Chalmers, Director for Children and Families, Scottish Government
  • Iona Colvin, Chief Social Work Adviser, Scottish Government
  • Dr Louise Hill, Policy Implementation Lead, Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection
  • Karen Ralston, Head of Children’s Service, Highland Council
  • Ian Kyle, Children’s Planning Manager, Highland Council
  • Umar Ansari, Head of Families, One Parent Families Scotland
  • Lynn Bell, CEO & Member, LOVE & The Scottish Children Services Coalition
  • Jonathan Wood, National Manager – Scotland, Place2Be
  • Toni Andrews, Co-Design Manager, Young Scot Members, Youth Commission
  • Zena Diggle, Headteacher, Lawfield Primary School
  • Joanne Aitken, Children and Young People Development Manager, SAMH
  • Alison Drever, National Programme Director,Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland
  • Laura Sharpe, Education and Young People's Manager, See Me Scotland



    One in four children in Scotland live in poverty, with concern growing that the 2020 national target will be missed . The last decade has impacted funding, resources and living conditions for families, leading to increasing demand for children services in Scotland.

    Holyrood Insight's inaugural conference will review the policy landscape of children services, as focus will be on the implementation of ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’ and the future steps for improving children services across Scotland.

    Key stakeholders from children’s services conference will explore the impact of austerity to children’s lives and as you'll learn more on what schools, NHS Scotland, local authorities and third sector organisations can do to enhance the services available. You will hear how cohesive partnerships between agencies and local communities can work together to provide holistic support for children and young people.

    Spotlighting successful case studies from schools, local authorities and third sector organisation, this conference will share actionable strategies to improve the quality of life and tackle child poverty.

    Gain in-depth insight from our expert panel on children and young people’s mental health services, as discussions will be focused on early intervention, community-based support and the removal of stigma. Explore the link between deprivation and mental health in order to better understand the difficulties children and young people face in Scotland today.

Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:30
Registration, Tea and Coffee

 

09:30 - 09:40
Chair and Westminster Insight Welcoming Remarks

 

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Christopher Chapman Director, Policy Scotland

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09:40 - 10:10
Keynote 1: Getting it Right for Every Child: Improving the Lives of Children across Scotland

 
  • Assessing the impact of the GIRFEC policy to improve children services across Scotland
  • Creating a partnership between families and children services to increase the level of support available to children
  • Addressing how changes to welfare reform including universal credit and the two-child limit have impacted children and families
  • Minimising the impact of reduced resources and increased demand by reshaping services and making the best use of available funding

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Michael Chalmers Director of Children and Families, Scottish Government

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10:10 - 11:00
Keynote Panel Discussion: Supporting Vulnerable Children across Scotland: Reducing Barriers and Improving Protection

 
  • Exploring how best to support children in need of care and protection
  • Engaging with vulnerable children and their families
  • Increasing social mobility by removing barriers that come with being born disadvantaged

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Lynn Bell CEO & Member, LOVE & The Scottish Children Services Coalition

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Iona Colvin Chief Social Work Adviser, Scottish Government

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Dr Louise Hill Policy Implementation Lead, Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection

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11:00 - 11:30
Case Study: Tackling Child Poverty

 
  • Understanding the impact of child poverty to health, education outcomes and instability
  • Building a coherent and cohesive partnership approach to poverty, including schools, NHS Scotland, local authorities and social care
  • Embedding practices and policies to raise awareness and remove barriers to reduce poverty in Scotland

11:30 - 12:00
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

12:00 - 12:50
Panel Discussion Mental Health Services: Early Intervention and Prevention

 
  • Understanding what more can we do to increase access to mental health support services
  • Reviewing how schools, families, CAMHS and the voluntary sector could help to normalise the conversation around mental health for children and young people
  • Identifying early warning signs and implementing intervention strategies

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Laura Sharpe Education and Young People Manager, See Me

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Joanne Aitken Children and Young People Development Manager, SAMH

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12:50 - 13:15
Case Study: Community-Based Mental Health Service: Removing Stigma and Engaging Families

 
  • Identifying the link between poor mental health, wellbeing and child poverty
  • Removing stigma towards mental health
  • Understanding the role of child poverty in increased demand for mental health support among children and young people

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Toni Andrews Co-Design Manager, Young Scot Members, Youth Commission

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13:15 - 14:45
Networking Lunch

 

14:15 - 14:45
Keynote 2: The Future of Funding

 
  • Understanding the challenges austerity has posed for different agencies
  • Exploring the models of partnerships working including pooled budget to optimise the impact of available resources
  • Assessing the allocation of funding and how collaborative multi-agency approaches can be promoted at a national level

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Sara Hampson Realigning Children’s Services Programme Manager, Scottish Government

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14:45 - 15:30
Case Study Local authority: Creating Integrated Children’s Services

 
  • Strengthening the leadership, strategic planning and accountability arrangements for integrated children's services and their improvement
  • Offering a holistic service fit for purpose and enhancing children in their local communities' level
  • Building early prevention and intervention initiatives to increase accessibility to support services

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Karen Ralston Head of Children’s Service, Highland Council

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15:30 - 16:00
Case Study - Lawfield Primary School: Ensuring the Health and Wellbeing of Children to Achieve the Best Possible Outcomes

 
  • Understanding the role of schools in tackling poverty, deprivation and social mobility
  • Working with different agencies to support children and young people
  • Closing the attainment gap for disadvantaged children

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Zena Diggle Headteacher, Lawfield Primary School

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16:00 - 16:05
Chair’s and Westminster Insight’s Thanks

 

16:05 - 16:05
Close of Conference

 

End

Speakers

Joanne Aitken Children and Young People Development Manager, SAMH

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Toni Andrews Co-Design Manager, Young Scot Members, Youth Commission

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Lynn Bell CEO & Member, LOVE & The Scottish Children Services Coalition

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Michael Chalmers Director of Children and Families, Scottish Government

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Christopher Chapman Director, Policy Scotland

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Iona Colvin Chief Social Work Adviser, Scottish Government

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Zena Diggle Headteacher, Lawfield Primary School

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Alison Drever National Programme Director, Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland

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Sara Hampson Realigning Children’s Services Programme Manager, Scottish Government

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Dr Louise Hill Policy Implementation Lead, Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection

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Ian Kyle Children’s Planning Manager, Highland Council

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Karen Ralston Head of Children’s Service, Highland Council

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Laura Sharpe Education and Young People Manager, See Me

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Venue details

Central Edinburgh Central Edinburgh


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