17 February 2014
Information sharing is a powerful tool
for any local authority committed to supporting young people as
they leave school for training, study or work.
Maureen Quinn, Opportunities for All co-ordinator at Inverclyde
Council, explains: "There has never been a system that allowed us
to link all our partner data before and we are already reaping the
"For example, we assist our partners at Throughcare, which
supports young people leaving care, when they have to submit a
return to the Scottish Government about young people in their
organisations. In the past, it could take days to recover the
information but this week, I searched the latest report from the
hub and was able to do it within the hour."
Inverclyde also use information sharing as part of its
Repopulating Inverclyde project, by looking at young people
studying at universities across Scotland with a view to supporting
them back to the area when they graduate.
Maureen adds: "One of our greatest challenges is tracking our
young people who are educated outwith the local authority area and
the data hub has helped enormously with this.
"The data hub is already one of the most powerful tools we have at
our disposal and when fully developed will be a fantastic