The CHT Annual General Meeting was held via Microsoft Teams on 30th September with the Board, staff, foster carers and guests attending. Staff at Head Office were able to join the meeting from the Luna Suite using our video conferencing facilities. This hybrid arrangement further develops last year’s completely virtual meeting as an accessible way for our community to contribute.
At this meeting we shared our Annual Report April 2020 – March 2021. The highlights include:
- We have supported up to 34 children and young people throughout the year through our Fostering and Continuing Care service.
- 29 local authorities contacted us with 491 referrals for children and young people needing to be looked after.
- We welcomed a new foster carer household to our team. The couple are already caring for two young people.
- We have supported two University of Dundee students throughout the year with remote placements, one from the Social Work Course and one from the Community Education Programme. Students were integral members of the team and undertook creative pieces of work with young people in a global pandemic, as well and introducing and running a ‘Homework Club.’
- We offered virtual support to carers and children and young people, seeking creative ways to promote inclusion and morale. Club CHT and Caring for Carers were implemented and developed.
- Our learning and development programme was offered remotely and included Skills to Foster, Continuing Care and therapeutic ways to support young people.
- We have fully implemented a case management system which is now used by staff and carers across our fostering and continuing care service ensuring streamlined and secure records.
- The participation team replaced our normal planned activities with sending Easter eggs, an online pumpkin carving competition and advent activity calendars. A Christmas party was held online.
- The Young Person’s Participation Group (YPPG) has continued via Zoom during lockdown and as restrictions allowed, meeting in person.
- Connection with school-based Champions Boards (CBs) was maintained and citywide CBs were held virtually in December 2020 and June 2021 after quarterly meetings ceased during the pandemic.
- The CEYP Coordinator has taken an active role in strategy meetings that will see a rebranded Our Promise Partnership and Your Voice Our Promise Team who will ensure participation work and the Champion Board continues.
- The CEYP Coordinator and young people have contributed to and influenced meetings locally and nationally that have led to policy changes and improved practice for better outcomes for CEYP and care leavers, such as young people approving panel members of Children’s Hearings Scotland.
- Recruitment and induction of new trustees bringing marketing, higher education and finance expertise to the Board.
- Offering virtual open days and more online communication, such as e-newsletters. Our website and social media activity is being improved since a digital audit.
- A skills audit to inform learning and development strategy and increased information for staff on wellbeing topics.
- New IT hardware purchased to enhance efficiency and deliver cost savings.