CLD Strategic Guidance – CLDMS response

The CLDMS response to the Scottish Government consultation on proposed new Strategic Guidance for CLD is available here. We argue that the three most important issues that should be addressed are:

  • Clarity and definition: It should help to provide clarity, both for CLD workers and others about what we do and who we are.  CLD principles and practices are adopted by people across the public and voluntary sectors and within communities, including many people who do not identify with the label; they can and should influence other professional approaches. But the guidance needs to be clear about CLD as a delivery model working in and with communities and articulate the underpinning principles, practice and values of CLD. There need to be clear and consistent statements regarding priorities, a clear link to the CLD Competences and Code of Ethics, and a need to adopt and comply with an evaluation framework such as How Good is our Community Learning and Development.
  • Recognition of contribution:  The guidance needs to help participants, decision makers, partners and policy makers to understand and value the impact that CLD makes on national agendas. It should assist them to understand and be confident about its impact on National Outcomes and in particular its capacity for contributing to early intervention and prevention as identified by the Christie Commission. The CLD approach is complementary to and adds value to social policy.
  • Expectations and requirements: The new guidance needs to be explicit about what is expected or required of CPPs,  local authorities and other public bodies, and voluntary sector organisations supported by the public pound. Consideration should be given to establishing a requirement or expectation that such bodies should to sign up to the commitments outlined in the guidance. There should be a partnership fulfilling the function of a CLD Partnership, in every area. These should produce a resourced and evaluated CLD Strategy and Action Plan.
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