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Child Health

Early Years Collaborative

The Early Years Collaborative is a coalition of Community Planning Partners - including social services, health, education, police and third sector professionals - committed to ensuring that every baby, child, mother, father and family in Scotland has access to the best supports available.

The objective of the Early Years Collaborative (EYC) is to accelerate the conversion of the high level principles set out in GIRFEC and the Early Years Framework into practical action. This must:

  • Deliver tangible improvement in outcomes and reduce inequalities for Scotland’s vulnerable children.
  • Put Scotland squarely on course to shifting the balance of public services towards early intervention and prevention by 2016.
  • Sustain this change to 2018 and beyond.

We have reached a point now where we have the commitment and the will to deliver in this area, and we have a strong evidence base about what works to make improvements. What we have lacked up until now is a method by which we can take our pockets of excellent practice to scale, and ensure that every baby, child, mother, father and family in Scotland has access to the best supports available.