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About 4 Nations

What is the 4 Nations Child Policy Network?

The 4 Nations Child Policy Network is a partnership between Children in Scotland, Children in Northern Ireland, Children in Wales and the National Children's Bureau.

The Network provides access to comprehensive and impartial information on child policy developments from each of the four nations of the United Kingdom.   

Aims

  • to inform and empower those working on behalf of children and young people, at local and national levels, through improved access to quality information;
  • and to enable users to participate in local and national policy debates, and influence policy development, in each of the four nations of the United Kingdom.

Background

The Network was established in 2001, following devolution, with the aim of providing accessible information on child policy developments from across the UK. The network achieved this by establishing a UK wide website and an email briefing service, that comprised of a UK wide email briefing and four nation specific briefings covering developments in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England. This work was supported by the Community Fund between 2001 - 2004.

The current service

New and improved services were introduced from September 2005.

The Network provides a number of services that enable organisations to stay up to date without having to search through a multitude of different sources.

Web-based information

The 4 Nations Child Policy Network website is now devolved to four linked websites run by the partners. The web addresses of the sites are:

Scotland - www.childpolicyinfo.childreninscotland.org.uk
England - www.cpinfo.org.uk
Northern Ireland - www.ci-ni.org.uk
Wales - www.childreninwales.org.uk

This websites contain information on child policy developments within the four nations of the UK. Information provided all all websites includes:

  • the latest news
  • current consultations
  • policy (and related) documents
  • the progress of current legislation
  • parliamentary/ assembly proceedings
  • links to the latest information from England, Northern Ireland and Wales

The Scottish site also contains a directory of all articles dating back to 2002; an advanced search engine; an easy guide about policy making in Scotland and an overview of current key policy issues.

Email briefings

The Network provides five email briefings.

Scotland ebriefing

The Scotland ebriefing, delivered straight to your inbox, is a summary of the week’s latest policy developments that saves you having to search for information online.  Links to consultations, documents, briefings and parliamentary proceedings keep you up to the date on the latest child policy news.

The Scotland ebriefing is now only available to Children in Scotland members and Information Subscribers.
 
To subscribe email policy@childreninscotland.org.uk or visit the Children in Scotland website members pages, click here.

UK ebriefing

A montly briefing offering the last news from all four nations of the UK. The briefing covers latest news, consultations, documents and legislation.

To subscribe to the UK E-briefing send a blank email to uk-latest-join@childpolicylists.org.uk and then reply to the confirmation email you will receive.

England ebriefing

A fortnightly round up of information on all the latest policy developments relating to children and young people in England.

To subscribe to the England Ebriefing send a blank email to england-latest-join@childpolicylists.org.uk and then reply to the confirmation email you will receive.

Northern Ireland ebriefing 

A fortnightly briefing and containing information on all the latest policy developments relating to children and young people in Northern Ireland. To subscribe to the briefing visit the Children in N. Ireland website.

Wales ebriefing 

A monthly briefing providing information on all the latest policy developments relating to children and young people in Wales. For further information visit the Children in Wales website.

Further information

For further information on the network email: policy@childreninscotland.org.uk or contact Children in Scotland.



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