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Early Warning System in Scotland

EWS

The Early Warning System (EWS) was set up by CPAG in Scotland to collect and analyse case evidence about how changes in the benefit system are affecting the wellbeing of children, their families and the communities and services that support them.

We analyse queries made to our advice service, submissions from frontline workers, including welfare rights advisors, housing officers and support workers.

In partnership with Dr. Morag Treanor of the University of Edinburgh, we have also been working with a group of low income families over a number of years to gain an in-depth understanding of how poverty and benefit changes are affecting child and family wellbeing.

The cases and research are enabling us to develop and share our knowledge on the impact of changes to the benefit system and to identify how policies and services in Scotland can continue to contribute to delivery of better outcomes for children.

Read all our Early Warning System (Scotland) briefings

Go to policy briefings and consultation responses informed by Early Warning System evidence

Submit your cases

For further information about the Early Warning System findings or contributing case studies, please contact:

Kirsty McKechnie

Tel: 0141 611 7091

Email: kmckechnie@cpagscotland.org.uk

This project is supported by Children, Young People & Families Early Intervention Fundervention Fund, managed on behalf of the Scottish Government by CORRA foundation.

Latest from the Early Warning System in Scotland

Response to Social Renewal Advisory Board's call for ideas

Our submission highlights that children who already faced a higher risk of poverty have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and will be particularly vulnerable during economic recession. Rising child poverty places high costs on society as a whole. It should therefore be of the utmost priority that families with children are able to easily access adequate financial support. 

Mind the gaps - briefing 14

This is the fourteenth and final in a series of briefings, Mind the Gaps, which highlight some of the gaps in support that exist for children and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Evidence of these gaps is drawn from our Early Warning System (EWS) which collects case studies from frontline practitioners working directly with families on the problems they are seeing with the social security system.

Mind the gaps - briefing 13

This is the thirteenth in a series of regular briefings, Mind the Gaps, which highlight some of the gaps in support that exist for children and families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Evidence of these gaps is drawn from our Early Warning System (EWS) which collects case studies from frontline practitioners working directly with families on the problems they are seeing with the social security system.

Resources for people who work with families

EWS-Info-booklet

WHAT IS WELFARE REFORM AND HOW IS IT AFFECTING FAMILIES?

A resource for people who work with low-income families, based on findings from CPAG in Scotland's Early Warning System
EWS-Midwives-Booklet

REDUCING CHILD POVERTY BEFORE AND AFTER BIRTH

A resource and timeline for midwives highlighting some of the practical steps they can take to increase a family's income and financial security

Welfare reforms that are affecting families

A factsheet detailing all the changes to the benefit system that have or will affect families