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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 29th March 2019


CHANGE Team update

The CHANGE team has enjoyed a varied couple of weeks with numerous engagement opportunities in the project area and beyond.

The latest meeting of the CHANGE Hub took place on 20th March and we would like to thank everyone who made it along. Key items on the agenda included a general progress update from CHANGE, the cost of childcare and updates on some the tests of change underway with Hub members. We also had presentations from the Department for Work and Pensions (Universal Credit), Glasgow Life (Walking Bears programme) and Families Outside (My Time peer support group). Hub members were also able to hear a little more about the work being done by the Aliss team on a directory of support services covering North East Glasgow. Feedback from those in attendance suggests that new links and potential partnerships were formed at the meeting, which is an excellent example of the valuable work being done to bring professionals together via the CHANGE Hub

CHANGE was also represented at the International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare Experience Visit to Clyde Gateway this week. This allowed us to share some of the work we have done with the Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative with a particular focus on some of the tests being carried out by the CHANGE Hub.

Our work on childminding continues and our digital survey will be live until 31st March. We are now in the process of collecting in our hard copy surveys and will spend some time in the Forge Shopping Centre to talk to people about Childminding in the Clyde Gateway area. CHANGE will use the information gathered during this to write a report that will inform the work of our project partners at the Scottish Childminding Association, Jobs and Business Glasgow and Clyde Gateway going forward.

Our bulletin will take a short break over the school holidays and Easter and will return on Friday 26th April.

Children and families' sector news & events

Designated Child Protection Officer training

Our colleagues at Children in Scotland will be hosting Designated Child Protection Officer training in Glasgow on Thursday 14th May. Places can be booked by calling the team on 0131 313 8828 or online here. There is a descriptor for the course below.

About this event

This training will enhance your understanding of the role and responsibilities of the designated child protection officer and develop competence and confidence in carrying out this role, underpinned by the values and principles of GIRFEC.

Key learning:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the designated officer
  • Describe key legislation and guidance underpinning your organisation’s policy
  • Identify the necessary steps to ensure the safety and welfare of children and young people
  • Referral procedures and associated issues with recording and sharing information.

Facilitator bio

NSPCC’s vision for children is a society where all children are loved, valued and able to fulfil their potential. NSPCC exists to prevent children from cruelty and to provide protection for them.

NSPCC Scotland strives to be a learning organisation that values the development and dissemination of knowledge and skills throughout the organisation.

Training and development provided by NSPCC Scotland Training and Consultancy seeks to contribute to these goals and promote the values of the organisation.

Contribute to CHANGE

We welcome and encourage input from anyone who has an interest in childcare or community wellbeing in Glasgow East. If you’d like to discuss this with a member of the CHANGE team please contact our Project Officer, Anthony O’Malley, or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, Both Anthony and Alison are based in Glasgow East at least four days per week and are happy to chat to anyone who feels they have something to contribute to the project.