CLD Standards Council Member Bulletin – 08 February 2023

News from the CLD Standards Council

Social Media Survey

A huge thank you to everyone who completed the communications survey. We had a fabulous response and are busy updating emails and inputting your responses into our communications strategy developments. It’s not too late to complete our communications survey and it literally takes 2 minutes.

Modern Apprenticeship Framework Review

We are currently seeking views from CLD Youth Workers, Youth Work Providers, Training Organisations and Educational Institutions to inform the review of the Modern Apprenticeship Framework based on the Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) in CLD Youth Work. The Modern Apprenticeship and SVQs in CLD Youth Work are an important part of the network of Community Learning and Development qualifications that support the professional learning and development of CLD youth workers in Scotland. 

Please share your views by completing our Modern Apprenticeship CLD Youth Work survey, which closes on 27 February 2023.

Upcoming CLD Events

CLD Standards Council: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Members Forum, 17 February, 3pm

Come along to our first meeting for 2023 and join us in discussion at a new CLD Standards Council members forum on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. We aim to co-create a designated space for CLD practitioners to come together, ask questions and develop an understanding of the issues impacting the CLD Sector across Scotland, as well as share solutions.

All members and potential members welcome so join us online on 17th February at 3 pm to find out more.

Register for the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Members Forum on Eventbrite.

Have Your Say: Post-School Education, Research and Skills

CLD Standards Council Scotland Have Your Say Session!

We are committed to supporting the development of policy and research that impacts you, as well as the learners and communities that we work with across Scotland.

This Scottish Government consultation on Post-school education, research and skills ecosystem includes colleges, universities, community learning and development, apprenticeships and employer-led training, along with the research that develops the new thinking, systems and products. 

This consultation is an opportunity for the CLD workforce across Scotland to inform what does and does not work in the current ecosystem. All four online focus groups will discuss the purpose and five principles, from the lens of specific sectors where CLD practitioners practice or engage with professional learning. Our response will inform Ministers, and other decision makers to shape and deliver the reform we believe necessary to secure a sustainable future for our learners, communities and economy. 

You can sign up using the Eventbrite links below for a focus group specifically aimed at your sector: FE/HE, Local Authority, Third Sector and Students.

Scottish Education Awards 2023 – now open

Scottish Education Awards 2023, Daily Record, Education Scotland Logo

For information regarding the categories, including a CLD Award 😁, and how to nominate, visit the Scottish Education Awards 2023 website.

The closing date is 24th February 2023, so get your nominations in!

News from the CLD Sector

LGBT+ History Month – Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People (PDF)

LGBT+ communities and individuals have experienced and continue to face discrimination, particularly in schools. The recent LGBT Youth Scotland report states that only 10% of participants rated the experience of school for LGBT people as ‘good’ and 70% of gay/lesbian participants report experiencing bullying due to their sexual orientation at school.

Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) Participation Resource Pack

This SCDC participation resource pack contains a range of guides, tools and templates to help you understand the Participation Request process, the language and terms that are used, and the process involved.  

Scottish Recovery Network (SRN) Conversation Cafes

SRN are holding a series of recovery conversation cafés to help develop the Scottish Government’s new Self-Harm Strategy. They are looking for people who are willing to share their experiences of self-harm support and would also like to hear from people, services and organisations that provide support.

Defining Gypsies and Travellers

The Scottish Government wants to ensure planning authorities properly involve the Gypsy/Traveller community and are seeking views on a proposed definition of ‘Gypsies and Travellers’ for the specific purposes of the planning legislation. They want to hear from the Gypsy/Traveller community and other travelling communities, as well as CLD teams who are working closely with them. This consultation closes on 15th February 2023.

Almost three in five Scots’ mental health has been hit by cost of living crisis

The cost of living crisis is going beyond affecting finance – with 59 per cent of Scots saying it has had an impact on their mental health, according to new research. Published on 2 February 2023, it was released to mark Time to Talk Day, a national day of conversations about mental health that seeks to tackle the stigma which so many people continue to face.

Electoral Reform Consultation

This consultation considers possible improvements to electoral law such as: how to increase voter registration, how to improve accessibility in elections, the small number of people resident in Scotland without voting rights (such as asylum seekers and people detained under mental health legislation), as well as rights for young people who can vote but cannot stand for election.  Can you support communities to have their say and inform decisions?

Supporting CLD Workforce Wellbeing

Scottish Government funded wellbeing programmes currently on offer provide support for individuals working within schools, Community Learning and Development (CLD), and Early Learning and Childcare (ELC). Fully funded and delivered online, there is a range of courses, from supervision spaces to coaching, all designed to help you look after your own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those you work with.