In November 2016, NHS Health Scotland held an event 'Facing up to child poverty in schools – what can be done to reduce the cost barriers of school?' to examine the impact of child poverty in schools and identify steps to reduce the cost barriers and the effect of child poverty in schools. Stakeholders were invited from each Local Authority and Health Board in Scotland who could take the lead in considering and developing an approach to addressing cost barriers of school in their area. One of the next steps arising from the event was the establishment of a Practice Network.
The aim of the Practice Network is to provide a forum for local authority and partner representatives with a remit to progress action on addressing cost barriers of school in their local authority area and will share examples of actions taken locally to reduce these barriers for parents/carers and their children. Specifically, the forum provides an opportunity for peer support, the exchange of good practice and national support.
The Practice Network currently meets quarterly. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in taking part in the Practice Network.