The National Third Sector Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) Project
The National Third Sector GIRFEC Project was launched in early 2013 by the then Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell.
The National Third Sector GIRFEC Project was launched in early 2013 and is a Public Social Partnership (PSP) between a core group of organisations, Barnardo’s Scotland, Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS), and Improvement Service, with support from other third sector partners including the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland CCPS. The project is funded by Scottish Government.
Over the first 3 years the project worked in 9 CPP areas to review and gather information about how children’s services were planned and delivered, as well as learning how we could strengthen the role of the third sector in this.
Our final report capturing the learning from Phase 1 of the project can be found here.
In advance of an extension being awarded in 2016/17, the project team had a full review of activities and outcomes.
The focus of the project since 2016/17 has been supporting the implementation of Part 3 (Childrens Services Planning) and Parts 4, 5 and 18 (GIRFEC) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.
Our project aim is;
The Third Sector are able to play a full role in the development of Children's Services Planning and the delivery of the GIRFEC provisions within the Children & Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.
The project outcomes are;
Promote: The Third Sector share with each other and public sector colleagues the contribution they can make toward Children’s Services Planning and delivery of the GIRFEC provisions within the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014
Support: The Third Sector have the information, tools and resources they need and utilise this to make a positive contribution to Children’s Services Planning and the delivery of the GIRFEC provisions within the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014
Collaborate: The Third Sector increasingly collaborate with each other and with statutory colleagues to strengthen the delivery of Children’s Services Planning and GIRFEC provisions within the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.
In December 2016 a further short extension was awarded until 31st September 2017.
Following the circulation of an ‘invitation to participate’ in May 2016 to Chief Officers of Third Sector Interfaces’s (TSIs), CCPS Childrens Committee Members and the LA GIRFEC Lead Officers Group a number of new areas were recruited to engage in Phase 2 of our work. This work commenced and we have now engaged with Third Sector Interface’s and a cross section of Third Sector organisations involved in the delivery of children’s services across a number of Community Planning Partnership (CPP) areas.
The support offered by the NTSG Project varies depending on local circumstances however our main activities include;
- Delivery of support to develop or strengthen local third sector engagement infrastructure to raise awareness about and enable effective participation and representation in children's services planning, e.g. voluntary sector children’s forums
- Delivery of local workshops aimed at third sector organisations on a range of themes and using tools developed by the project, including: understanding wellbeing, aligning outcomes to wellbeing, using the third sector touchpoints
- Organisation and delivery of networking and learning events for stakeholders within Children’s Services, including third sector providers, community groups and statutory partners working with children and young people