Kirsty, the Holyrood Baby, is a fictional child, born into one of Scotland’s most deprived communities on the day the current crop of MSPs took their seats in 2016. She is a conduit through which Holyrood magazine can examine the parliament's progress in tackling poverty, early intervention, and children's rights – as well as the implementation gap between policy ambition and the reality for children growing up in poverty in Scotland.
Since Kirsty's third birthday, it was decided that parts of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 will not now come into force, although the Scottish Government remains committed to GIRFEC.
Join us on 6th October as we examine what recent and upcoming policy changes and the wider implications of the COVID-19 pandemic mean for the support and services you provide to children in Scotland.
Session 1: Policy Landscape Since Kirsty's 3rd Birthday
- Practical guidance to support and sustain the GIRFEC approach under existing legislation
- Lifting 30,000 children out of poverty – Scottish Child Payment
- Giving all children the best start in life by expanding funded early-years provision
Keynote Address: Shona Robinson MSP, Former Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport & Chair, Social Justice and Fairness Commission
Session 2: The Reality for Children Living in Poverty
Sara Spencer, Cost of the School Day Project Manager, Child Poverty Action Group
- Poor take-up and challenges around signposting services
- Embedding a rights-based approach in service delivery
- Tackling the poverty-related attainment gap
Can Scotland be Brave? Taking a rights-based approach in health and education
Margo Mackay, Associate, Talking Mats
Session 3: Getting It Right For Kirsty – Next Steps
- Taking a whole system approach to transformational change in children's services
- Co-designed approach that puts children's voices at the centre
- Changing the 'poor outlook' for Kirsty
Jamie Greene MSP, Scottish Conservatives Education Spokesman & Member, Education & Skills Committee
Bill Alexander, Associate, Children in Scotland
Sue Palmer, Independent Writer and Education Consultant, and Chair, Upstart Scotland
Book now or email or call Adam on 0131 285 1692
If you have an inspiring case study or a project that you think is relevant, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always on the lookout for new speakers.