This evening features two presentations:
Children's Rights in Education, a presentation by The Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, Tam Baillie.
Scotland's National Care Standards Review - Update on Progress, a presentation by Strategic Lead Inspector, Henry Mathias.
Tam Baillie has worked as a manager and practitioner with children and young people for 30 years, primarily with young offenders; young people in and leaving care; and young homeless people. Tam has worked in Scotland and England and in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. He worked as the Director of Policy for Barnardo’s Scotland from 2003 and worked extensively on children’s policy and rights issues.
In May 2009, Tam took up the post of Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People which is now known as the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland. As the Commissioner, Tam’s remit is: to have regard to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; to encourage the involvement of children and young people in the work of the Commissioner; and to promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people in Scotland. These rights are set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which the UK Government signed up to in 1991.
Henry Mathias started work as a full-time dad, then established a successful childcare business before becoming an early years inspector. Qualified in social work, Henry has a wealth of experience regulating and improving care services.
After transferring from the Care Commission, he managed the National Registration team and achieved positive outcomes for older people following the collapse of Southern Cross. He then returned to his early years leadership role and has been influential in changing the culture of regulation from measuring compliance with provider inputs to assessing and improving experiences of children. For example, he has taken a lead role busting myths about our approach to risk and play and improving our reputation with external partners. This recently involved producing 'My World Outdoors', a good practice resource promoting outdoor play as part of the Care Inspectorate's aim to improve as well as regulate services.
Henry is currently our Strategic Lead developing the new National Care Standards. As well as leading this project, Henry is continuing with other strategic commitments, including early years publications and liaison with the SSSC.