Our 2017 Learning Session – Working Together to Improve Outcomes – marks the first year anniversary of the Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC). In joining up the Early Years Collaborative and Raising Attainment for All, we have been working together to deliver quality improvement (QI) throughout the child’s journey – from pre-birth until young people leave school.
QI is a low risk, low cost method that enables people to test, measure, evaluate and implement more effective and responsive ways of working, with the resources they have available. It involves using a set path of steps to change something for the better and, being able to see clearly the benefit and impact of that change.
CYPIC Learning sessions allow us to come together to share and learn from one another’s QI activity in our work with children, young people and families. This year’s session gives us an opportunity to build even stronger connections and partnerships. It provides an opportunity to work together, to improve life chances for children and young people across teams, services, areas, organisations and boundaries. And it affords us the opportunity to work collaboratively to scale up and spread those improvements that are proven to work.
This year’s Learning Session will be at the SEC, Glasgow on the 21st and 22nd November 2017.
We know that CYPIC is having a significant impact on improving services. Working together we have:
- Increased access to financial inclusion advice for pregnant women on low incomes, helping to increase income by up to £5,000 per family and tackle poverty.
- Increased uptake of the 27-30 month Child Health Review resulting in children’s developmental needs being identified and responded to earlier.
- Ensured more families on low incomes get Healthy Start Vouchers so that pregnant women and children get the nutrition they need.
- Helped dads in prison understand their children’s needs and build positive family relationships.
- Helped pregnant women recovering from substance misuse to change their lifestyle, resulting in improvements in birth weights and reduction in social work interventions.
- Found new and effective ways to engage vulnerable families in early years and family centres, helping to build parenting confidence and skills and support children’s health and wellbeing.
- Engaged more parents in their children’s early learning in nurseries and primary schools so that they are more able to support their children’s development.
- Improved multi-agency partnership working in health and social care services making it easier for families to navigate and access services.
- Increased children’s literacy and numeracy skills in nurseries and primary schools from areas of deprivation, helping to close the poverty related attainment gap.
- Raised the aspirations, attendance and attainment of secondary school pupils through targeting and mentoring to improve young people’s learning and life chances.
All of this is contributing to our common goals; to tackle inequality, build equity and make Scotland the best place to grow up and learn.