The first children’s neighbourhood in Scotland is just beginning, in the east end of Glasgow in Bridgeton and Dalmarnock.
There are similar initiatives to children’s neighbourhoods already running in other places:
- Harlem Children’s Zone
- Children’s Communities set up in other parts of the UK by Save the Children
- Strive Partnership in Cincinnati
Although all of these initiatives are run according to the local context, they share a set of principles for working in partnership across a large number of organisations.
One of the main principles is ‘collective impact’. This means lining up the goals and objectives of organisations and groups working in one area, so that it’s easier to work together and achieve a bigger impact for children and young people.
In Scotland, the aim is to use the principles (like collective impact) from these other areas, and work with local people and organisations to develop a Scottish model of a children’s neighbourhood.