'Peep sits within Family & Community Support and Children’s Social Work as it is recognised that the service can offer early intervention to families who may require some additional support for a short period of time and that this may prevent escalation to more intensive support. Peep can also support families back into their community as part of, or following social work intervention.
We work with our Contact Centre and have trained all of their staff to deliver the Peep Learning Together Programme. The Family Learning Worker delivers 1-1 family sessions, working in partnership with the Permanence and Care Teams. For families where children are looked after at home (a ‘supervision order’) the Family Learning Worker can work with the parent and child(ren) in their home.
We work in partnership with Richmondhill House. Richmondhill House is a child-centred, residential service which provides an assessment of parenting ability, capacity and risk where improving outcomes for children is the main focus. Parents are offered a supportive and nurturing environment in which they can build their knowledge in relation to childcare skills and child development
Richmondhill House run a Peep group in the community. Residents of their service are encouraged and supported to attend during their time in the house and also once they have returned home. This can support integration back into their community and provides continuity of support.
Some parents attend Peep with their children during their unsupervised contact sessions. This is usually organised in partnership with the Contact Centre staff or other Social Work contacts.
The Peep Progression Pathway
The Peep Learning Together Programme has integrated early child development units at SCQF levels 3, 4 and 5 (English equivalent Entry level 3, level 1 and level 2). These integrated units are called the Peep Progression Pathway.
‘This has been a good learning experience for me. Although I have been fostering for a long time and doing all the encouraging, communication and singing etc. but have not really recognised how much the children benefit.’ Foster carer
Several parents whose children are looked after have completed a Peep Progression Pathway portfolio and gained a qualification. This has boosted their confidence and made them more aware of how they are supporting their child’s learning.
The Peep Progression Pathway now forms part of foster carers' required annual training and development. Each foster carer completes a Peep Progression Pathway portfolio at SCQF level 5.
Kinship carers and parents who have adopted their children are also offered the opportunity to complete a Peep Progression Pathway unit.
Peep supporting families to stay together
‘She realised she wanted to make changes when pregnant with her second child and Peep provided that window of opportunity.’
Jill Mennie, the Peep Coordinator for Aberdeen from 2004-2017, shared this case study:
‘A mother joined our antenatal Peep group. She had lost the care of her first child and was pregnant with her second. This lady stayed with Peep until her child was 3 years old – allowing her to move through Antenatal, Baby, Toddler and Pre-school Peep. She then became a trained Peep volunteer, completing the Peep Learning Together Programme Training and the associated City and Guilds qualification. She progressed to becoming a crèche worker, completing a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) 2 in Childcare and is currently completing a further qualification at SVQ 3.
She has care of her second child and has built a good relationship with her first’. '