A new project working with Community Planning Partnerships to embed the involvement of Third Sector organisations in the implementation of the Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) approach has identified the seven development areas it will work with over the coming two years.

The National Third Sector GIRFEC Project is being delivered in a partnership between Barnardo’s Scotland, Voluntary Action Scotland and the Improvement Service and has been funded by the Scottish Government to help improve links between the Third Sector and Community Planning Partnerships. The goal of the project is ultimately to ensure that the Third Sector is firmly and consistently embedded in the planning of children’s services across the whole of the country.

Following extensive interest from Community Planning areas right across Scotland, seven demonstration areas have been selected that the project will work with on a more intensive basis to identify and develop practice. The project will work with the Renfrewshire, Orkney, Glasgow, West Lothian, Perth and Kinross, North Ayrshire and Fife Community Planning areas. The expectation is that the learning and results from the seven demonstration areas will be shared with neighbouring CPP’s and ultimately right across Scotland, ensuring that the project’s impact is felt in communities across every part of Scotland.

SallyAnn Kelly, who is leading the project, welcomed the level of engagement in the project so far:

“We have been really impressed by how much enthusiasm for the project there has been so far from third sector and community planning partners. It’s really important that we are all able to work together to help communities influence the decisions that improve the outcomes for their children and young people, and the third sector can really help with achieving that.

“It is really encouraging that there is such a strong appetite out there to identify what is working, what isn’t, and to see what partners can learn from each other. We’re really looking forward to working with our third sector and community planning partners in each of the demonstration areas and then to share what we’ve learnt around the country.”

The project is adopting a phased approach to engagement with the development areas. It will begin working with Renfrewshire, Orkney and Glasgow later this autumn, with plans to begin work in the other development areas from early 2014 onwards.

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For further information please contact, Robin Parker, Policy Officer for the National Third Sector GIRFEC Project on robin.parker@barnardos.org.uk or 07796 141 510