CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 10th November 2017
This week in CHANGE
Children in Scotland Annual Conference 2017
Members of the CHANGE team were present at our parent organisation Children in Scotland’s Annual Conference this week and had the opportunity to network with some key early learning and childcare organisations. This included talking to representatives from the Care Inspectorate and Early Years Scotland, while also being introduced to North Lanarkshire Council’s The Adventures of Sid and Shanarri resource, which aims to help parents and their children understand the wellbeing indicators from Getting It Right For Every Child.
The conference also offered us the opportunity to hear from a range of speakers such as the inspiring Amal Azzudin of the Glasgow Girls campaign and Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, Catherine Calderwood. It was particularly interesting to hear Dr. Calderwood talking about the impact of adverse childhood experiences, more commonly known as ACEs, on child development and attainment. This further underpinned the ideal that ACEs should now be at the forefront of national strategy and practice when working with children who have experienced trauma. CHANGE has had some discussions with professionals who specialise in this field and we hope to develop our knowledge further in order to guide our ongoing work with childcare services.
Festival of Social Science
CHANGE was delighted to be invited to give a presentation at the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Science this week. We would like to extend our thanks to event organisers, Jessica Watson of the University of Glasgow and Professor Ken Gibb from the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, for inviting us to attend.
The event, Speed dating social research – with East End impact, was an opportunity for us to deliver a short presentation to small groups of people who live or work in Glasgow East. With only five minutes of presentation time and the same again for questions, this was a great way to explain the core aims of the project in a short space of time. It was encouraging to hear generally positive feedback on what CHANGE is attempting to do and audience members raised a number of interesting questions. There was a particularly high level of interest in our community engagement work to date and how this has influenced the work of the project team.
Our project partners the Glasgow Centre for Population Health were also present at the event alongside some other projects working from the Olympia Building in Bridgeton, where our project officer Anthony O’Malley is based. If you would be interested in hearing about some of the work being done by these organisations please use the links provided below.
Next week our bulletin will see us return to our Childcare Landscape series with an overview of some of the recently released best practice guidance from the Care Inspectorate.