Update on GUS: Funding and report impacts

Categories: Family Environment and Alternative Care and Parental guidance

18th May 2016

GUS updates include 1) The Scottish Government has commissioned ScotCen Social Research to carry out further rounds of face to face data collection with both groups of families taking part in GUS and 2) Recent reports which draw on GUS research findings.

Growing Up in Scotland is the longitudinal research study tracking the lives of thousands of children and their families from the early years, through childhood and beyond. The main aim of the study is to provide new information to support policy-making in Scotland but it is also intended to provide a resource for practitioners, academics, the voluntary sector and parents.

1. Funding for next phase of the study confirmed

The Scottish Government has commissioned ScotCen Social Research to carry out further rounds of face to face data collection with both groups of families taking part in GUS. Interviews with the 'Birth Cohort 1' families will begin in early 2017, when the young people are in their first year of secondary school. GUS extends their thanks to those who attended their Questionnaire Development Workshop in April. The feedback from stakeholders provided will inform the topics included in the S1 Questionnaire.

2. Impact of GUS research

There are some recent reports which draw on GUS research findings:

Pregnancy and Parenthood in Young People Strategy - This is the first Scottish Strategy which focuses on pregnancy and parenthood in young people. The Strategy sets out what actions are needed in order to tackle the cycle of deprivation associated with many cases of pregnancy in young people and provides extra support for young parents. The Strategy focuses on increasing the opportunities available to young people, to support their wellbeing and prosperity across the life course. It aims to help young people develop the appropriate knowledge, skills and confidence in making decisions around pregnancy and parenthood through a partnership approach between professionals and young people.

Improving schools in Scotland: an OECD perspective - The agreed purpose was to inform the ongoing development of education policy, practice and leadership in Scotland, by providing an independent review of the direction of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and emerging impacts seen in quality and equity in Scottish schooling. It focuses especially on the cycles corresponding to Broad General Education (BGE, i.e. up to student age 15).

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