What matters to me ?

The support form the Start family workers use an approach developed by the NHS called ‘What matter to me’ to build engagement and partnership with the families that are referred to them by local services. approach https://www.whatmatterstoyou.scot/why-is-it-important-to-ask-what-matters/

The family workers have asked parent what mattered to them in their contact with the service – the following are their responses

Working with fathers – research report from AIMH Scotland

‘Local research in Glasgow demonstrated the importance of social support as a protective factor for the mental health and wellbeing of mothers.2 The evidence around the role and impact of social and peer support for fathers is lacking’…………
On behalf of Christine Puckering and Penny Rackett, (Leads AIMH Scottish local IMH Hub) please find attached paper for your interest.

Fathers NE Glasgow Summary Paper Sep 172

For more on AIMH visit there website

Family Work Matters

Over the last year to 18 months Support from the Start has had the great opportunity to test out an approach to reducing the attainment gap that puts relationships with, and engagement of, parents front and centre to the approach. We have developed with the support of five of the six East Lothian Local Area partnership family worker posts that are managed in partnership with voluntary sector organisations. The poster below gives an overview of the work and further posts will focus on the individual monitoring reports for the posts.

Family work matters

Making a difference








Over the next few weeks we will be posting  evidence posters on Support  from the Starts impact in our community.

Click on the image above or the link below to view the poster on initiatives aimed at tackling lack of access to resources caused by poverty

All comments and feedback  welcome

If you would like an impact poster on work you have done through or in partnership with SFTS please contact steven.wray@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

poverty a3 poster



Learning Festival

learning fesitival programme

Support from the Start cluster groups are each hosting an event aimed at sharing what the group has learned on a key theme of the work they have been taking forward. The events are open to all – parents, practitioners, managers or interested communtiy members. All events are free apart from the final one on the 6th Dec which will have a charge and has to be booked through Anne Dowie at East Lothian Council.

Please do book an event if you want to attend it helps us to manage the numbers attending.

Learning Festival Booking form


Pre-school provision – Growing Up in Scotland report

 A new report from GUS explores the relationship between children’s experience of pre-school education and change in their social and cognitive development between the ages of 3 and 5. The project examines differences in the characteristics of pre-school provision experienced by different children and whether, in particular, the quality of the provision – as assessed through inspection by the Care Inspectorate or Education Scotland – influences children’s outcomes. The project uses data collected from mothers and children in the first birth cohort of the GUS study between 2008 and 2010. Survey data was linked to administrative data held by the Care Inspectorate and Education Scotland.

Of the various pre-school characteristics considered, only the grading on the Care Inspectorate’s theme of ‘care and support’ was found to be associated with child outcomes, after controlling for differences in children’s backgrounds. Children who attended pre-school providers with a higher care and support grade were more likely to show higher vocabulary skills by age 5, irrespective of their skills at age 3 or their social background.
Full report here www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0045/00453130.pdf