Education and children’s services collaboration to be heard by Angus Council

Education and children's services collaboration to be heard by council
Education and children's services collaboration to be heard by council

Proposals for a strategic collaboration and enhanced partnership working with education and children’s services will be considered by Angus Council’s Policy and Resources Committee on Tuesday (November 29).

The report outlines the potential for collaborative approaches in between Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross councils’ education and children’s services working in close partnership with Children’s Health, NHS Tayside, the third sector and private enterprise.

The committee will be asked to consider the partnership to address the national agenda in terms of tackling poverty, closing equity gaps, raising attainment and improving the health and wellbeing of all children, young people, families and communities.

Similar reports will be considered by Perth and Kinross and Dundee City councils in the coming weeks.

An Angus Council spokesperson said: “The proposals build on the collaborative approach/work which already exists between the agencies.

“In addition, the national policy framework is more coherent than it has ever been.

“To implement the policy framework fully will require a concerted and collaborative approach.”

The key drivers for the delivery of excellence and equity for all are:

· Getting it right for every child;

· Curriculum for excellence;

· Developing the young workforce;

· Child protection;

· Looked after children;

· Tackling intergenerational poverty and creating fairer opportunities for all;

· The delivery of national outcomes for children’s health.

The spokesperson continued: “To this end, quality partnership working at Council, NHS, third sector and locality level will be a fundamental requisite if we are to achieve the best possible outcomes for our children, young people, families and communities.

“Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross Councils share the aim of creating an education and children’s services strategy and delivery plan for the three council areas.

“The intention, as a collaborative, is to implement the Scottish Government’s national policies and improve the outcomes for all children, young people and their families through our collective effort.

“By entering into a strategic collaboration the partnership will work together and at pace to maximise impact in all areas of education and children’s services.

“The partnership will develop a joint action plan which recognises the different challenges across Tayside but maintains a strategic focus on collaborative working between the NHS and councils in those areas of policy and practice (e.g. the Scottish Attainment Challenge, the Children’s Workforce, and asset management) where better outcomes will be achieved from working closely together.

“The three directors (chief education officers) and the chief social work officers would work with NHS Tayside’s chief operating officer to drive forward the change agenda.

“In addition, Scottish Government are prepared to second a senior member of staff to support this proposal and engage in the development of a shared action plan.”

If approved, Angus Council’s Children and Learning strategic director will present a report at the Children and Learning Committee in June, which includes an action plan for “streamlined delivery” of services across the three council areas from 2017 to 2020.