The Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland (CNS) annual report, which provides an update and overview of the organisation’s work programme as well as what is to come in the next year, is out now.
The report was written during the COVID-19 pandemic and, as was the case with many others, the work of the CNS team changed rapidly in response.
One aspect of this change was to undertake a programme of real time research exploring the impact of COVID-19 on families with children and how services and organisations have responded to it. The report also highlights a number of insights from this research.
In his foreword to the report, Principal Investigator Chris Chapman, said: “CNS is a distinctive and innovative approach that brings together people, organisations and other resources in a local area so that they can all work more collaboratively to promote better lives for the children and young people living there.
“Put simply, CNS aims to ensure that activity within a neighbourhood has more impact than the sum of its parts. Through collaboration and partnership working CNS supports practical developments on the ground within communities including building children and young people’s capacity and engagement whilst researching and evaluating activity.
“This research and development approach draws on the expertise and experience within the University [of Glasgow] and the GCPH [Glasgow Centre for Population Health] and combines this with local insight and intelligence from within the community and across the public, private and third sectors.”
You can download the report in pdf form on the Children’s Neighbourhood Scotland website here.
Read the research on early responses to the lockdown here.
Children’s Neighbourhood Scotland brings people together to do more for children and young people. Over the past year, the programme has appointed Programme Director Alison Dreever and other key staff, to put in place the systems, structures and processes required to run a complex programme across multiple sites. Its partners include the Network for Social and Educational Equity.