Launch of 'Fit for the Future' resource

26 January 2015

Fit for the Future is a joint IRISS and Scottish Care project that has been working to inspire better outcomes for older people in Scotland through working with providers from the independent sector. The project worked with care homes, care at home providers and the people who access them in four areas: Falkirk, North Lanarkshire, Argyll and Bute and West Lothian. The aim was to imagine and test different approaches to the planning and delivery of care.  

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Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation

Local Government Association | 26 January 2015

Note:  The LGA is the national voice of local government in England, however, these CSE resources may also be helpful to practitioners in Scotland. 

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a terrible crime with destructive and far reaching consequences for victims, their families, and society. It is not limited to any particular geography, ethnic or social background, and all councils should assume that CSE is happening in their area and take proactive action to prevent it.

Recent events have shown that all areas need to be prepared to respond to this challenge robustly, and there are many good examples of effective work to be found around the country. The case studies in the report and online showcase some of the work that is already underway to improve local practice. These cover initiatives such as community engagement, regional work across local authority boundaries, building effective multi-agency partnerships and commissioning independent audits of local work. 

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CSE Case Study Materials

WithScotland To Welcome New Zealand's Minister for Social Development to University of Stirling

WithScotland | 26 January 2015

Staff from WithScotland, the national resource supporting professionals working with children and adults at risk of harm and abuse, are looking forward to welcoming Anne Tolley, Minister for Social Development from New Zealand to the University on Thursday, 29th January.  

Based in the School of Applied Social Science, WithScotland helps to connect research with practice; exchanges knowledge and ideas and coordinates activities across Child and Adult Protection Communities in Scotland.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to compare and contrast approaches to research, evaluation and evidence based social policy, and best practice, domestically and globally. Minister Tolley will also be accompanied by Brendan Boyle, Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development. The Minister will be speaking to staff with regards to the wider child protection community in Scotland, the sharing of knowledge and expertise via ‘Communities of Practice’, and collaborative working between agencies set up to help protect children.

Beth Smith, Director, WithScotland said: “The WithScotland Research Network provides an opportunity to improve interaction, disseminate and share research. Established and new researchers and graduate students discuss their current research and receive mentoring from colleagues. This introduction to the Minister was initiated via the WithScotland Research Network, which is a great example of a resource which helps to facilitate the sharing of Child Protection knowledge. The Network is made up of over 160 child protection researchers from all over Scotland and helps to generate research evidence that contributes to improving children’s lives. It also helps to build a strategic infrastructure of support for established and early career researchers. We’re delighted to be able to meet with the Minister and to share our knowledge and experience.”

Mrs Tolley commented: “Scotland and New Zealand have much in common with a similar sized population, and a mix of rural and urban areas. I’m looking forward to learning what is working well in this country in delivering social services that make a difference in improving the lives of vulnerable children and their families.”

The Minister will be incorporating a trip to the University to meet WithScotland staff as part of a wider visit to Scotland and will also be meeting with personnel from Who Cares? Scotland in Glasgow on the morning of the 29th.

Professor Alison Bowes, Head of Applied Social Science, said: “The work of WithScotland is important to the University of Stirling’s strategic priorities in research and knowledge exchange and the University’s ambition to undertake research which makes a real difference to people’s lives. The resource demonstrates the value of research and practice working closely together and we’re delighted to host WithScotland here at the University of Stirling.”

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