Supporting Families conference

Parenting across Scotland 2018 conference: Supporting Families

26 April 2018

West Park conference centre


This major conference run by Parenting across Scotland looks at the impact of austerity and welfare reform on families using the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as a framework for supporting families.

Many families in Scotland are struggling because of austerity. Finances, housing and health are all under pressure. For families to thrive, parenting or family support alone are not enough: parents need sufficient income, adequate housing and good health care. 

The UNCRC states that the family is the most appropriate place for children, that parents hold rights on behalf of their children, and that the state has the duty to support parents in delivering these rights.

Speakers include:

  • Maree Todd, Minister for Childcare and Early Years
  • Bruce Adamson, Commissioner for Children and Young People Scotland
  • Dr Morag Treanor, University of Stirling
  • Dr Anne Mullin, GPs at the Deep End 
  • Professor Brid Featherstone, University of Huddersfield
  • Alison Watson, Deputy Director, Shelter Scotland

What will delegates learn?

Hear from Bruce Adamson, the Commissioner for Children and Young People Scotland, about how the UNCRC is a vehicle for supporting the whole family so that they can in turn support children

Learn about Dr Morag Treanor’s current research which uses birth cohort data, mainly the Growing Up in Scotland study, to explore the impacts of longitudinal poverty and persistently low and high incomes on children’s outcomes and educational transitions. 

Hear from Dr Anne Mullin about the role General Practice can play in supporting children and families, especially those in deprived areas and those more vulnerable to adverse experiences

The Child Welfare Inequalities Project research conducted by Professor Brid Featherstone and others looked at how children from poor neighbourhoods are significantly more likely to face child protection measures. Learn about the implications for addressing family poverty in child protection and supporting families living in deprived neighbourhoods. 

Housing is critically important for ensuring families have a secure base. Alison Watson, Deputy Director of Shelter Scotland discusses current issues in housing and how housing and family support can be combined to improve the lives of families living in poverty.

Share thoughts and experiences of the impact of austerity on families and discuss how we can respond by providing holistic family support to mitigate the affects

View the full programme here

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