Family support conference: learning points, links and resources

A summary of our recent event, Whole Family Support: The Power of Prevention – Keeping the Promise for Children and Families Across Scotland   

On 15 May 2023, CCPS, alongside partners The Promise Scotland and Children in Scotland’s Supporting the Third Sector Project, ran a conference exploring how the third sector is innovating, making an impact and driving better outcomes for children and families in Scotland. 

Chaired by Pennie Taylor and supported by CCPS Children’s Committee organisations Children 1st, Action for Children Scotland, Aberlour and Barnardo’s Scotland, the joint event examined: 

  • How the third sector is leading transformational change in partnership
  • What that change looks like and how the Whole Family Wellbeing Fund can support it, and
  • How we can learn from this to achieve our shared goal of accessible whole family support across Scotland for families when they need it. 

On this page you’ll find a series of links to resources covering politics and practice explored at the event, alongside illustrations by Edinburgh College of Art students Rachel Collins, Ola Jackiewicz and Ruby Tait, who attended on the day to provide graphic recording.

Illustration: Rachel Collins 

Workshops: key learning points

Alongside our partner, Children in Scotland’s Supporting the Third Sector Project, our Children’s Committee member organisations Aberlour, Action for Children Scotland, Barnardo’s Scotland and Children 1st have captured highlights, questions and key learning from the workshops they ran at the conference.

Read a summary of the Supporting the Third Sector Project’s workshop (PDF)

Read a summary of Aberlour’s workshop (PDF) 

Read a summary of Action for Children Scotland’s workshop (PDF) 

Read a summary of Barnardo’s Scotland’s workshop (PDF) 

Read a summary of Children 1st’s workshop (PDF) 

Illustration: Ola Jackiewicz 

Family support case studies

We’ve published a series of case studies marking the impact and value of family support, provided by Aberlour, Action for Children Scotland, Barnardo’s Scotland and Children 1st.

Read the case studies

Commissioning & Procurement policy and resources 

CCPS runs a Commissioning and Procurement programme focused on national and local policy and practice change, an area that’s highly relevant to the family support agenda and which was discussed as part of the conference. We recently produced a Commissioning for Outcomes Guide, which explains what outcomes are, why they matter and what outcome-based commissioning means in principle and practice.

Commissioning and Procurement overview

Commissioning for Outcomes Guide (PDF download)

Event overview 

More information on our family support event held on 15 May 2023 


Illustration: Ruby Tait