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Kirsty the Holyrood Baby: Poverty, Early Intervention, and Getting It Right For Every Child

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This year, as Kirsty the Holyrood Baby turned four, there have been significant challenges for children like her growing up in poverty. Conditions for many families have worsened due to the COVID-19 lockdown and the Scottish Government has also had to postpone the roll-out of flagship policies such as the Scottish Child Payment and the ongoing expansion of funded early-years provision.

This bespoke policy event will provide a much-needed opportunity for those who support children like Kirsty to get together to discuss where we go from here.

In partnership with Save the Children

The Context

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 to postpone the implementation of parts of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, although the Scottish Government has remained 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.

Key Issues We'll Discuss

  • Practical guidance to support and sustain the GIRFEC approach under existing legislation
  • Examining the effects on policy and the lives of the least well-off the Covid-19 outbreak 
  • Lifting 30,000 children out of poverty through the Scottish Child Payment? 
  • Giving all children the best start in life by expanding funded early-years provision 
  • Addressing poor take-up and challenges around signposting services
  • Embedding a rights-based approach in service delivery 
  • How to close the implementation gap between policy and practice 
  • A co-designed approach to putting children's voices at the centre of service delivery 
  • Taking a whole system approach to transformational change in children's services

Confirmed Speakers

  • Claire Telfer, Head of Scotland, Save the Children (Chair)
  • Shona Robison MSP, Former Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport & Chair, Social Justice and Fairness Commission
  • Jamie Greene MSP, Scottish Conservatives Education Spokesman & Member, Education & Skills Committee
  • Jacquie Pepper, Depute Director, Education & Children's Service; Chief Social Worker, Perth & Kinross Council and co-Chair, Children and Families Standing Committee, Social Work Scotland
  • Sue Palmer, Independent Writer and Education Consultant, and Chair, Upstart Scotland
  • Margo Mackay, Associate, Talking Mats
  • Sara Spencer, Cost of the School Day Project Manager, Child Poverty Action Group
  • Kerry McKenzie, Organisational Lead for Child Poverty, Public Health Scotland
  • Dr Deborah Wason, Public Health Intelligence Principal, Public Health Scotland
  • Aileen Nicol, Head of Improving Permanence and Protection, CELCIS

Agenda

09:55  Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Claire Telfer, Head of Scotland, Save the Children (Chair)

Session 1: Policy Landscape Since Kirsty's 3rd Birthday

  • Practical guidance to support and sustain the GIRFEC approach under existing legislation
  • Consequences of postponement of flagship policies:- the Scottish Child Payment and doubling of funded early years provision

10:05  Keynote Address:  Shona Robison MSP, Former Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport & Chair, Social Justice and Fairness Commission

10:25  Aileen Nicol, Head of Improving Permanence, Centre of Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS)

Questions and Discussion

Session 2: The Reality for Children Living in Poverty

  • Poor take-up and challenges around signposting services
  • Embedding a rights-based approach in service delivery 
  • Tackling the poverty-related attainment gap
  • Financial barriers to learning
  • Impact of poverty on early years
  • Impact of COVID-19 on poverty and the life chances of children 

11:05  Sara Spencer, Cost of the School Day Project Manager, Child Poverty Action Group

11:25  Kerry McKenzie, Organisational Lead for Child Poverty, Public Health Scotland

           Dr Deborah Wason, Public Health Intelligence Principal, Public Health Scotland 

Questions & Discussion 

12:00  Break

Session 3: The Next 5 Years: Getting It Right For Kirsty 

As we look forward to the forthcoming Scottish Parliament election in May 2021: 

  • Taking a whole system approach to transformational change in early years
  • Co-designed approach that puts children's voices at the centre 
  • Changing the already 'poor outlook' for Kirsty pre-pandemic

12:20   Panel Discussion

  • Jamie Greene MSP, Scottish Conservatives Education Spokesman & Member, Education & Skills Committee
  • Jacquie Pepper, Depute Director, Education & Children's Service; Chief Social Worker, Perth & Kinross Council and co-Chair, Children and Families Standing Committee, Social Work Scotland
  • Sue Palmer, Independent Writer and Education Consultant, and Chair, Upstart Scotland
  • Margo Mackay, Associate, Talking Mats

13:00   Closing Remarks from Chair

Claire Telfer, Head of Scotland, Save the Children

13:10   Close of the event

Get In Touch

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. 

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Date
06 Oct 2020
Venue
Online
Cost
Reduced Rate
1 place £72.50+ VAT

Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

Standard Rate
1 place £122.50+ VAT

Public sector organisations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m

Private Sector Rate
1 place £147.50+VAT

Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

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