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

As Kirsty, the Holyrood Baby, turns four on 12 May, we examine the policies designed to improve the lives of children in Scotland. Join us as we ask, how well does policy align with reality, and what more must be done to address the challenges faced by children, their families, and the professionals that support them? 

 

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The Context

Kirsty is a fictional child. She was born into one of Scotland's most deprived communities the day the current crop of MSPs took their seats in the Scottish Parliament for the new session in 2016. She represents 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. There has also been the decision to fast-track the Scottish Child Payment to this year, and the ongoing expansion of funded early-years provision that will be implemented across the country by August 2020. 

But despite policy interventions, there remains significant challenges for children growing up in poverty. Kirsty is one of the 89% of 'vulnerable twos' who did not take up the free hours of nursery education. And by 2023-24, the number of children living in relative poverty like Kirsty is set to rise to 34.5%. 

Join us on 12th May as we examine what recent and upcoming policy changes 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
  • 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 
  • Co-designed approach that puts 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
  • Sue Palmer, Independent Writer and Education Consultant, and Chair, Upstart Scotland
  • Margo Mackay, Associate, Talking Mats

Agenda

09:30 Registration and Refreshments

09:55 Welcome from the Chair

Session 1: Policy Landscape on Kirsty's Fourth 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 

10:00 Keynote Address

Senior Policymaker 

10:15 Questions and Discussion

10:30 Claire Telfer, Head of Scotland, Save the Children

10:50 Senior Speaker, Social Work

11:10 Questions and Discussion 

11:20 Refreshments and Networking 

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 

11:40 Senior Speaker, Education 

12:00 Can Scotland be Brave? Taking a rights-based approach in health and education

Margo Mackay, Associate, Talking Mats

12:20 Questions and Discussion 

12:30 Lunch and Networking

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 

13:15 Interactive Discussions 

Delegates will be divided into small groups to discuss what can be learned from the morning presentations for your own work and organisation. This is an opportunity for you to raise the issues that matter to you. The discussions will be guided by a set worksheet and responses will be anonymised and forwarded to the Scottish Government. 

14:00 Panel Discussion

Panellists:

Sue Palmer, Independent Writer and Education Consultant, and Chair, Upstart Scotland

14:50 Chair's Closing Remarks

15:00 Close of Event 

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice. 

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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
12 May 2020
Venue
Central Edinburgh
Cost
Reduced Rate
1 place £145+ VAT

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

Standard Rate
1 place £245+ VAT | 2+ places £195+ VAT per place

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

Private Sector Rate
1 place £295+VAT | 2+ places £245+ VAT per place

Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

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