This major conference run by Parenting across Scotland looks at the impact of austerity and welfare reform on families using the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as a framework for supporting families.
Many families in Scotland are struggling because of austerity. Finances, housing and health are all under pressure. For families to thrive, parenting or family support alone are not enough: parents need sufficient income, adequate housing and good health care.
The UNCRC states that the family is the most appropriate place for children, that parents hold rights on behalf of their children, and that the state has the duty to support parents in delivering these rights.
What will delegates learn?
Hear from Bruce Adamson, the Commissioner for Children and Young People Scotland, about how the UNCRC is a vehicle for supporting the whole family so that they can in turn support children
Learn about Dr Morag Treanor’s current research which uses birth cohort data, mainly the Growing Up in Scotland study, to explore the impacts of longitudinal poverty and persistently low and high incomes on children’s outcomes and educational transitions.
Hear from Dr Anne Mullin about the role General Practice can play in supporting children and families, especially those in deprived areas and those more vulnerable to adverse experiences
The Child Welfare Inequalities Project research conducted by Professor Brid Featherstone and others looked at how children from poor neighbourhoods are significantly more likely to face child protection measures. Learn about the implications for addressing family poverty in child protection and supporting families living in deprived neighbourhoods.
Housing is critically important for ensuring families have a secure base. Alison Watson, Deputy Director of Shelter Scotland discusses current issues in housing and how housing and family support can be combined to improve the lives of families living in poverty.
Share thoughts and experiences of the impact of austerity on families and discuss how we can respond by providing holistic family support to mitigate the affects
The workshops will showcase the latest initiatives to alleviate poverty, and will allow time for delegates to discuss effective approaches to supporting families living in poverty.
Not having enough money to purchase the basic necessities is the main cause of poverty, and having more money the route out of poverty. This workshop looks at projects that maximise income and ensure families are getting what they are entitled to.
Services need to ensure that services are joined up to meet the needs of the whole family rather than providing entirely separate services for adults and children. This workshop looks at two approaches to putting this into practice.
Wider role is the term given to the ways in which housing associations help to tackle the problems affecting their communities that go beyond immediate housing need. Hear from two housing organisations about how they deliver on this.
While overall Scotland’s health is improving, the gap in health outcomes between the most and least disadvantaged groups in society is widening. This workshop looks at ways of tackling health inequalities.
One in four children live in poverty in Scotland with this number predicted to rise. This workshop will look at the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act and how it will be delivered nationally and locally.