The first National Learning Event of the National Third Sector GIRFEC Project took place on Friday the 6th of February 2015, in Edinburgh.
The event was hugely oversubscribed and drew in very broad representation from the third sector, local authorities and the NHS. The day was chaired by Sally Egan, Associate Director and Child Health Commissioner, NHS Lothian, and included a keynote address from the Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment Marco Biagi. Workshops on three demonstration areas: Orkney, Renfrewshire and West Lothian, examined the development of partnership working between the third sector and local community planning partnerships, and the different challenges and innovations that have come out of their joint efforts to date.
Panel speakers in the afternoon shared a range of thought-provoking views, including the importance of widening out the understanding of GIRFEC well beyond children’s services (e.g. to consider the built environment children and young people grow up in); the challenge of planning high quality effective services when limited by a narrow view of procurement; and the idea of getting rid of all prisons in Scotland. A conference report will be circulated shortly.
For more information about the work of the Project please see the latest National Third Sector GIRFEC Project Brief.