Issue 192 Children in Scotland Magazine
Children in Scotland Magazine – Issue 192
June – July 2019
In Call 17 of our 25 Calls campaign, launched last October, Sally Cavers and Anthony O’Malley argued that we must ‘Prioritise integration, support for families and participation to give children the best start’.
Since then, many of our members and readers have been in touch and spoke with us at our annual conference in November about the Call. They wanted to share their own perspectives on the issue and add to the debate – a sign of a strong network in Scotland which wants to move conversations about early years policy forward. In response to that demand, this edition of Children in Scotland Magazine brings together a range of expert voices on the early years.
In our lead feature, we are pleased to share a thought-provoking conversation between Aberlour CEO SallyAnn Kelly and developmental psychologist Suzanne Zeedyk on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), touching on some of the varying perspectives on the approach. From this discussion, through to our interview with Dr Ingela Naumann, to Save the Children’s Claire Telfer’s piece on closing the attainment gap, to Alan Sinclair’s (author of Right from the Start) piece on supporting family relationships from the earliest stage, a running theme is the need to prioritise ending poverty and inequalities for children and families.
It is apparent from the examples we highlight of innovation in the early years around Scotland that there is neither a lack of will nor knowledge about how to improve the lives of young children. But anyone who has worked in early years for any length of time will tell you that turning those ideas into a reality on a larger scale and bringing them into a single vision remains a tough problem to crack (hence our cover image).
Sue Palmer calls for a more unified approach to push for large-scale reform, while Ingela Naumann says that we all must ask ourselves what kind of society we want Scotland to be – and shape our early years policy from there. Children in Scotland is excited to provide a platform for this dialogue and a vehicle for influencing policy on the early years and beyond.
We hope you will take the time to read the magazine, share with your colleagues, and get involved in the conversation using #CiSMagazine.