NHS Scotland Maternal and Early Years Newsletter: April 2011

Some very useful links to current strategy documents and events in the following newsletter. My attention was drawn to the self assessmetn for how well schools promote mental well being produced by HMIE and NHS Scotland, and the follow up the Scottish Governments study on the financial impact of early years intervention towards the bottom of the news letter


Consulting on the common core of skills, knowledge and understanding and values that should be common to everyone working with children  

This consultation describes areas of skills and knowledge, rather than levels, and is therefore appropriate for anyone in any role (including volunteers). The consultation goes onto ask for ideas and commitments around implementation of the common core once agreed.

Consultation responses are invited from any individual or group, and we would be grateful if you could promote this hyperlink across your own networks.

Visit the Scottish Government website to read the document [283Kb] and download a respondent information form [27Kb].

The closing date for responses is 15 June 2011.

Immunisation Scotland – protection for everyone

The Immunisation Scotland website has now been up and running for one year. Immunisation Scotland is a ‘one-stop-shop’ site providing information about all the current immunisation programmes in Scotland, the vaccines available and the diseases they protect against.

The target audience for the site is the general public, but NHS Health Scotland is also keen to raise awareness with health professionals who have contact with parents and carers as a way of promoting the site with the public.

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NHS Health Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and NHS Education Scotland are running a series of road shows in June to launch to new Scottish antenatal parent education pack.

All maternity services aim to provide women and their partners and families with a comprehensive programme of education for childbirth and parenthood.

The Scottish antenatal parent education pack has been created to prepare professionals to deliver consistent parent education, which respects and reflects the individual needs of pregnant women and their partners. It includes a national syllabus, a resource pack and a training element.

These road shows will offer you a chance to:

  • find out about how the new pack fits with current early years policy and direction
  • learn more about the three elements of the pack
  • explore how the pack could support antenatal education in your area though practical workshops which explore elements of the pack.

 The road shows will be taking place on:

  • Thursday 2 June 2011: 10 am –  4 pm Glasgow
  • Monday 6 June 2011: 10 am –  4 pm Dundee
  • Tuesday 14 June 2011: 10 am –  4 pm Inverness

Download a booking form to register for this event [48Kb].

Children in Europe conference: Improving services for 0-3s

06 June 2011
New Lanark World Heritage Village in Lanark

This special conference, part of an international programme of events, will look at how we can extend early years services to meet the needs of 0-3s and their families.

For more information and booking please contact Megan Rodgers on 0131 222 2446, or email events@childreninscotland.org.uk.

Principles for effective action: Promoting children and young people’s social and emotional wellbeing in education establishments.

This is a self-assessment tool for strategic partners involved in supporting staff to deliver health and wellbeing within Curriculum for Excellence.

These tools highlight the links between recent evidence-informed recommendations on promoting children and young people’s social and emotional wellbeing, Curriculum for Excellence Health and Wellbeing Outcomes and Scottish Government policy.

Download the primary school resource [1.8Mb].

Download the secondary school resource [375Kb].

Child poverty strategy for Scotland

This strategy sets out how we will focus on and give greater momentum to efforts to tackle child poverty. The main aims of this strategy are:

  • to maximise household resources
  • to improve children’s wellbeing and life chances.

There is significant overlap between these aims. In particular, measures to reduce income poverty and improve material wellbeing of families will have positive impacts on children’s outcomes.

While the actions set out in the strategy are mainly set in the short and medium term, it is important to recognise that this is a long term approach.

Download the strategy [452Kb].

Action for sick children (Scotland) community specialist play pilot: end of project report

Action for Sick Children (Scotland) has concluded a two year pilot project in NHS Forth Valley which provided hospital play specialist support in the community or at home, to children and young people attending tertiary centres for treatment. The pilot project was evaluated independently by MSc students from the University of Stirling. 

Download the evaluation report [986Kb].

A pathway of care for vulnerable families (0-3 years)

The pathway of care provides a suite of documents to support service delivery to vulnerable children and families (0-3 years). These have been developed as one of the national actions out of the Early Years Framework: 2008 [548Kb] ‘to develop integrated care pathways for antenatal, maternity and postnatal care’.

This guidance is aimed at managers, to support critical reflection on existing pathways of support for families who can be considered vulnerable. It promotes the use of the Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) National Practice Model as the tool to aid assessment, and takes you through the core universal journey that all children and families are entitled to.

Download the pathway of care [2.5 Mb].

The financial impact of early years interventions in Scotland – part two  

A research report prepared by the Scottish Government, following up the economic modelling report published in November 2010 [75Kb]. The package identifies a range of interventions across a broad spectrum of need.  These are considered to be an appropriate and realistic way of improving outcomes for children in Scotland, whilst lowering demand for future public services.

Part two of the economic modelling work has been developed to provide further support to local partners in Scotland’s councils, NHS Boards and elsewhere to decide on how best to set their budgets to support local children, families and communities. A copy of the report is available on the Scottish Government website.

Download part two [197Kb].