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Supporting Families – Parenting across Scotland 2018 conference

26th April 2018 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


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Supporting families

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.

Speakers include:

  • Maree Todd, Minister for Childcare and Early Years
  • Bruce Adamson, Commissioner for Children and Young People Scotland
  • Dr Morag Treanor, University of Stirling
  • Dr Anne Mullin, GPs at the Deep End
  • Professor Brid Featherstone, University of Huddersfield
  • Alison Watson, Deputy Director, Shelter Scotland

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.

  • NHS Health Scotland will discuss the drivers behind child poverty, health consequences and effective interventions.
  • Income maximisation projects ensure that families receive all the benefits which they are entitled to. Learn more about approaches to ensuring that families receive this critical help.

Supporting families

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.

  • Midlothian Surestart family learning centres provide inclusive support to the whole family; learn about the approaches Midlothian Surestart uses to engage parents and provide support to families.
  • North Ayrshire Council is taking an innovative multidisciplinary approach to family support, combining non-statutory social workers, health visitors, family support workers and others in one team. Hear more about how they have developed their team and how it works in 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.

  • The Wheatley Foundation was set up in 2016 with the aim of supporting 10,000 people each year, who may be disadvantaged or vulnerable, within Wheatley communities across Scotland.
  • Milnbank Housing Association discuss how setting up a local, carbon neutral nursery has significantly improved families opportunities to pursue further education and employment.


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.

  • The new Best Start Grant will be the first measure introduced under the Scottish Government’s new social security powers. Find out how the new grant will operate, who will be eligible, how to access the grant and how it can be used to support low-income parents.

Child poverty

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.

  • The Scottish Government recently launched its first Child Poverty Delivery Plan. Learn more about the contents of the Plan and discuss how it can be delivered in local areas.
  • CPAG will highlight good practice examples of initiatives that can be built into local child poverty action delivery plans.
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26th April 2018
9:30 am - 4:30 pm


West Park Conference Centre, Dundee


Parenting across Scotland
0131 313 8817

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Complete the survey by 30th June.

Counting the Costs 2018: Help us build a picture of families finances across Scotland!

Contact wants to find out about the financial situation for families with disabled children in 2018.Your answers will help us raise awareness and campaign for better financial support for families with disabled children. In 2014 we heard that families were going without the basics. Have things improved for families with a disabled child?

The following survey only takes about 10 minutes to complete. Your answers will be treated as confidential. Take the survey here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CountingCosts

If you would like a hard copy of the survey or help completing the survey please contact us on 020 7608 8742. The survey deadline is 30th June 2018.

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