This event, organised by What Works Scotland and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, explored the evidence and issues surrounding actions to tackle child poverty locally in Scotland.

The event launched Tackling child poverty: Actions to prevent and mitigate child poverty at the local level, an accessible, action-oriented evidence review produced by What Works Scotland’s Evidence Bank.

The event was an opportunity to:

  • Hear findings and discuss the new evidence review from What Works Scotland: Tackling child poverty: Actions to prevent and mitigate child poverty at the local level.
  • Hear about how Community Planning Partnerships have, and plan, to use the findings of the review in their work on preventing and mitigating child poverty.
  • Explore and discuss work across Scotland aimed at tackling child poverty.
  • Explore how the evidence and action at the local level relates to your own setting, and the national perspective.

The event was attended by representatives from health and social care, local authorities, and the third sector; community planning partnerships; civil servants; and other stakeholders working in partnerships to deliver public services.

Read the report

Tackling Child Poverty: Actions to Prevent and Mitigate Child Poverty at the Local Level


Delegates were welcomed to the event by Dr Sarah Morton, Co-director of What Works Scotland and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships.

The first presentation was from the author of the Tackling Child Poverty evidence review, Dr Morag Treanor, who talked us through the key themes in the report.

Dr Morag Treanor, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Stirling [pdf of presentation: Actions to prevent & mitigate child poverty in CPPs in Scotland – Morag Treanor.

Following Morag Treanor’s presentation, we heard from representatives of two community planning partnerships (CPPs) who each talked about the work of their CPPs to tackle child poverty and how they have used the evidence review to inform and develop this.

World Café session

Following the presentations, delegates took part in a World Café: a group interaction method focused on conversations that encourages collaborative dialogue, sharing knowledge and enabling opportunities for action in groups.

Table A: Child poverty, health and wellbeing eLearning module
Host and organisation – Kerry McKenzie, NHS Health Scotland.
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Table B: Give Me Five, the child benefit top-up campaign
Host and organisation – Jenny Duncan, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland
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Table C: Tackling Child Poverty in Glasgow: a multi-agency partnership giving single parents with lived experience a voice to influence services.
Host and organisation – Marion Davis, One Parent Families Scotland
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Table D: Learning from the Healthier, Wealthier Children (HWC) project
Hosts and organisations – Jackie Erdman, Head of Equality and Human Rights, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, (NHS GGC) and Lynn Naven, Public Health Research Specialist, Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH)
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Table E: Bairns Come First – Looking at Child Maintenance in Fife.
Host and organisation – Fiona McHardy, The Poverty Alliance

Table F: Food, Families, Futures
Host and organisation: Elaine Kerridge, Children in Scotland
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Table G: Improving health and wellbeing at Lawfield Primary School.
Host and organisation: Patricia Cochrane, Lawfield Primary School, Dalkeith, Midlothian.

Table H: Let us share with you how a holistic employability project can help reduce child poverty – Making it Work for Lone Parents (Fife)
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Host and organisation: Laura Millar & Audrey Cunningham, Gingerbread Fife and Citizens Advice Rights Fife

Further information about our World Café table topics and hosts can be found here.

• Date: Thursday 31 August 2017
• Location: Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh


Some of the Twitter conversation surrounding the event can be seen in this Storify record.