National Early Years Conference: 2012

Early Years Annual Conference, March 2012: Getting It Right for Every child - the journey so far

The 2012 NHS Health Scotland Early Years Annual Conference took place on Thursday 1 March 2012. The conference aimed to provide a forum for sharing practice and lessons around the Early Years agenda and it brought together 250 people on the day in Stirling. A further 150 participating via webcast were able to view the main speakers and discussion live and submit questions.

The conference provided a unique opportunity for those interested in early years health improvement to share experiences, find out how the national strategic direction can support early years work at a local level and brought together a wide range of people all working to improve outcomes in the early years.

The conference theme in 2012 was ‘Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) – the journey so far’ and it provided an opportunity to:

  • hear from Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People
  • hear from Sir Harry Burns, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland
  • hear from key players taking forward GIRFEC, both nationally and locally
  • explore how GIRFEC links with early years locally
  • learn about the new National Parenting Strategy

Download the conference brochure [PDF 495kB].


The presentations and recordings of the main speakers and from the parallel sessions, are available via the early years conference webcast. Sign up online to view the webcast.

For help with the sign up process, download our registration guide.


To access all the main speakers' presentations from the conference and individual presentations from the parallel sessions (each exploring an element of the Getting It Right wellbeing indicators) please click on the title below.

Main Speakers:

Parallel Sessions:


  1. An interagency model of service delivery: Getting it Right for children affected by parental substance misuse in Perth and Kinross (Laura Falconer and Julie Baker)


  1. Childsmile Early Years Pathway and Getting it Right for Every Child) (Peter King
  2. Looking to brighten a daunting world for children with autism (Debbie Connelly)
  3. The Breastfeeding Network: Evaluation of a funded breastfeeding peer support service in Ayrshire (Dr Larissa Kempenaar)


  1. Parents as first teachers: can we do it? (Pamela McQuaker and Natalie Potts)
  2. Talk listen and communicate (Veronica Beckett and Nikki King)


  1. Understanding attachment (Dr Eileen Scott)
  2. Family Nurse Partnership Programme in Scotland: How it works (Gail Trotter)
  3. The Scottish Borders supported childminding scheme (Margot Black, Linda Davidson, Jill Hosker)


  1. Family group conferencing (FCG) (Les Hood)
  2. Parents with learning difficulties (Jane Lewis)


  1. Building parenting capacity in Lanarkshire (Margaret Swan and Janine Ryan)
  2. Pre-Birth to Three Practitioner-led Training in Midlothian (Diane Janczyk, Anna Leask and Jacky Gillan)


  1. Future Families: Glasgow Life (Ann-Marie Burns)
  2. Addressing child poverty: Learning from a new NHS initiative (Dr Noreen Shields and James Egan)


Find out more about Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) on the Scottish Government website.

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