Our offer to you during a critical time
14 Apr 2020
At a time of great uncertainty and stress for children, families and the workforce across Scotland, we thought it would be helpful to be as clear as possible about what our organisation is able to offer you during the coming weeks and months.
This is an ever-changing and fast-moving period, so we continue to provide updates on our website and via our social media channels.
Our Learning Programme
In response to the pandemic, our programme of events has moved online and many of our training sessions are now available as webinars. Through our Online Learning Programme we remain absolutely committed to leading and developing the sector.
One important way we’re continuing to do this is by providing training which strengthens the skills of those working with and for children at this critical time. Now more than ever, it's vital that you're able to learn, connect with others and share your own experiences. We are very lucky to work with a dedicated team of trainers who believe in this ambition and in our values as an organisation.
You can find all upcoming training here. New webinars are being added through the week and updates are being made available daily via our social media and e-newsletters. Some of our webinars will be offered for free, others are charged at a small cost of £25, which will go towards staffing, paying our trainers and administration costs.
Commissioned training and personalised learning
We can also develop tailored blended learning opportunities for you to undertake while working at home. Any of the topics within our diverse learning programme may be delivered wholly or in part by webinar, including:
· Additional support needs
· Children and young people’s participation and engagement
· Early years learning and care
· Trauma, healing and emotional wellbeing
· Child protection.
If you are interested in taking this forward, please email our Learning & Events team – firstname.lastname@example.org
During the pandemic it’s more important than ever that we offer clear communications, share your perspectives, and function as a representative voice for you. Our current communications include:
Our social media channels are accessible to the whole sector and include our website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. During the pandemic these channels will be vital routes for keeping up to date and signposting our work, driving dialogue and communicating your views and experiences.
Weekly Members’ News
If you are a Children in Scotland member you’ll receive a weekly bulletin via email every Thursday. We’re using this e-news to offer analysis of the pandemic’s impact on children and families from different members of our staff team; highlight useful resources from Children in Scotland and across the sector; and share some entertaining and creative responses to the current situation.
Our free digest of child policy news stories is published every weekday afternoon. If you don’t already receive it, you can sign up here. The Daily News also includes listings of all our upcoming webinars, and opportunities to advertise.
Children in Scotland Magazine
Our 32-page bimonthly magazine, comprising news, interviews, comment, policy analysis and project profiles remains an invaluable guide to current thinking and best practice in the sector. The next edition (available from the end of April) will be published in a new digital format and for the first time we will be making it freely available for all readers, with members receiving it a week ahead of full publication.
Our 25 Calls campaign continues, with responses resuming on our website and a new series of blogs from some of the original call-makers, ’25 and Up’, starting in May. Contributors will be focusing on societal changes in the context of the pandemic and how we use learning from the Covid-19 crisis to develop better policies to improve children’s lives. The campaign thus far has involved contributions from more than 200 partner organisations and individuals and we want it to be a space for dialogue and championing of positive ideas during this difficult time.
Policy, Projects and Participation
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted significant additional challenges for families, especially those affected by poverty who might be experiencing food insecurity or who are unable to access to digital resources.
Through the Children's Sector Strategic and Policy Forum and a range of other partnerships, we are continuing to challenge inequalities and to campaign for appropriate support for children, young people and their families. With significant changes to services across Scotland, we are also working to ensure that children’s rights are upheld during this difficult time.
Participation and Engagement Work with Children and Young People
We are developing online digital engagement methodologies with the children and young people we are working with, reflecting their needs, preferences and interests.
Our online digital working continues to offer children and young people a range of ways to safely share their experiences and ideas, offer suggestions and recommendations and maintain social connections.
However, we are also acutely aware of the barrier online working can be for some children and families and are working hard to offer a range of options on how to participate.
Our services and partners
Enquire and Reach
The Enquire team has launched a coronavirus section on their website which provides a wide range of information. It will be updated on an ongoing basis as legislation relating to education is published.
The helpline is also now open for written enquiries so please do get in touch.
Resolve: ASL Mediation
Referrals to Resolve are being managed on an individual basis and while face-to-face meetings won’t be taking place, an offer of telephone support may be appropriate.
Please email the team on email@example.com
My Rights, My Say
Face-to-face meetings aren’t happening right now but there is still some help available for children aged 12-15 with additional support needs to speak up about the support they need with their education.
The team has written a coronavirus service update page outlining what is available from the partners.
Parenting across Scotland
National Parent Forum of Scotland
The team continues to provide information and advice and is releasing weekly e-newsletters which you can sign up for or access on the news page of their website.
Donate to support our ongoing work
We acknowledge that this is a challenging time, but we are encouraging anyone who is in a position to to make a donation to Children in Scotland.
Donations can be made when booking on webinars or via the Children in Scotland Give as you Live page.
Making a contribution in this way will not only allow us to continue offering events online and strengthen the quality of our training programme, it will go towards our project work which supports children, young people and families throughout Scotland.