Collaboration with the Community
The City of Edinburgh Children and Families Department has developed an effective partnership approach between their Additional Support for Learning (ASL) service, the Hospital and Outreach Teaching Service (HOTS) and Barnardo’s Edinburgh Community Support Services (BECSS). This partnership has allowed for successful collaborative work including reducing exclusions in schools.
Kennoway Primary School have adopted a multi-agency approach to engage with vulnerable families in their community. They work with a range of services including the Early Years and the Family and Community Support Teams, their Educational Psychologist, Barnardos, Gateway, Social Work colleagues, Health professionals, Community Education and more.
Us Together provides one-to-one support on a range of issues such as housing, parenting, benefits, education and training. They also organise free activities and outings for single fathers and their children, including men who only see their children for part of the time. Fathers get the chance to meet other men who are bringing up children on their own and the kids have a great time.
Prestonfield Primary School in Edinburgh had a Careers Fair led by their parent council and supported by pupils' parents. The idea for the Careers Fair came from the feedback from the school's previous World of Work Week where many parents/carers had commented that they weren’t confident enough to speak in front of whole classes of children but wouldn’t mind speaking to smaller groups. They also wanted to showcase a far wider range of jobs.