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1 Getting it right for every child Getting it right for every child Enquire Seminar 16 th March 2011 Robin McKendrick Getting it right for every child

2 Getting it right for every child is a vision led political and societal transformational change programme Managed using Managing Succesfull Programmes (MSP) principles Is the national programme that aims to improve outcomes for all children and young people in Scotland.

3 Policy Framework Early Years Framework Equally Well Achieving our Potential Curriculum for Excellence Support for Learning More Choices More Chances Youth justice LAC Better Health Better Care Hall 4 Towards a Mentally Flourishing Scotland Road to Recovery GIRFEC = TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE WHAT HOW

4 Getting it right - The Values and Principles Promoting the well-being of individual children and young people Keeping children and young people safe Putting the child at the centre, promoting opportunities and valuing diversity Taking a whole child approach- using developmental-ecological theory Building on strengths and promoting resilience Providing additional help that is appropriate, proportionate and timely and supporting informed choice Working in partnership with families Respecting confidentiality and sharing information Promoting the same values across professions and making the most of each workers expertise Co-ordinating help and building a competent workforce Building a competent workforce to promote children and young peoples well-being.

5 The 10 Core Components 1.Focus on improving outcomes for young people, based on shared understanding of well-being 2.Common approach to gaining consent and sharing information where appropriate 3. Integral role for children, young people and families 4.Co-ordinated approach to assessing needs, agreeing actions and outcomes, based on the Well-being Indicators 5.Streamlined planning, assessment and decision making leading to the right help at the right time

6 The 10 Core Components (continued) 6.High standards of co-operative working and communication 7.A Named Person for all children and A Lead Professional to co-ordinate multi-agency activity 8. Maximising the skilled workforce within universal services 9. A confident and competent workforce across all services 10. Capacity to share demographic, assessment, and planning information electronically

7 ASL/GIRFEC Interface Do the Principles of ASL and GIRFEC fit together? GIRFEC – Principles Meet the needs of all children in a proportionate and timely way. ASL Focus on childrens learning in the broadest sense. Sits within the overall GIRFEC approach ASL/GIRFEC


9 Each child an individual child might be assessed as needing help to improve their safety, their achievement and their inclusion (three of the wellbeing indicators) The interventions or supports for an individual child will vary and will be dependant on what it is that is getting in the way of those areas of well-being. This will be different for each child. Improvement, however, must be able to be measured

10 Planning Do we need a Co-ordinated Support Plan (CSP) and a GIRFEC Plan CSP is a statutory plan - statutory requirement to prepare one. Where there is multi agency intervention GIRFEC principles point to having a single planning process. One Childs Plan

11 The Childs Plan – one child, one plan Co- ordinated Support plan Supporting childrens learning code of practice – Chapter 5 - Paragraph Getting it right Practice Briefing 6

12 Strengthening Universal Services e.g. Curriculum for Excellence, Growing Confidence, Solihull, Improving Relationships Strategy, Peer Early Education Programme, Parent/Carer Support, Community Learning and Development and Voluntary Sector services Team Around the Cluster Early Identification/Intervention Edinburgh - Childrens Services Delivery Model ALL CHILDREN CHILDREN IN NEED AT RISK OF HARM Named Person v1.1 Lead Professional Stage 1 Plan Shared Assessment Stage 3 Plan Stage 1 Plan Statutory Measures Complex Needs Advice from Early Intervention/Social Work re: preventive strategies and/ or appropriateness of Social Work Services referral Childs Plan (Multi-Agency, managed by Lead Professional) Support for children and families from community and universal services e.g. Educational Psychology, Educational Welfare Officer, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Voluntary Sector services Team Around the Cluster Plan (Single Agency, managed by Named Person) e.g. Health Plan, Individualised Education Programme Stage 2 Plan

13 Dundee – Hierarchy of Need

14 The role of the central GIRFEC team Embedding GIRFEC in relevant National policies Supporting National implementation through CPP engagement Embedding GIRFEC in the new scrutiny regime Supporting Practice Improvement -including iACT

15 CPP Engagement Now engaging in regional formations Grampian Tayside Fife Forth Valley South East Scotland West of Scotland (but some way to go) In an effort to promote GIRFEC implementation across boundaries Strategic engagement event on

16 Embedding in all relevant policies Health Justice Communities Housing Early Years Education

17 National statistics, indicators etc Coherent improvement regime Scrutiny is dependent on self-evaluation Self-evaluation is dependent on management information Management info for Chief Officers Self-evaluation, benchmarking improvement at CPP level Scrutiny Frequent (e.g. monthly) Regular (e.g. quarterly) Less frequent (e.g. bi-annual) National guidance (GIRFEC implementation, Child protection etc)

18 Supporting Practice Improvement Workforce development – Draft delivery plan for development of Childrens Workforce Common skills core – consultation exercise commences to run for 5 months 7 Practice papers published December 2010 Also includes iACT!

19 Primarily a National System which provides the means for agencies working with children to securely and discreetly share information Each agency hosts their own instance of iACT Children the agency are working with are registered on iACT - eCare will match each registration providing identification integrity If an iACT agency has a concern about a child or require information they can issue an enquiry. iACT will direct the enquiry to any other agency who has the child registered, this is screened from the sender The receiving agency can assess the request and reply or not, as judged appropriate The sender has no knowledge of who has been sent the request, there is no read receipt iACT can also be used to target a known and identified partner or partners and to securely exchange information. inter Agency Communication Tool (iACT

20 iACT – What next? – Functional requirements re-visited by GIRFEC practitioners from Health, SW, Police and Education – Data Sharing Partnership Managers consulted and briefed – Cross sector GIRFEC Practitioners invited to form user group and set terms of reference April and going forward iACT Business Design Advisory Group formed with appropriate chair Functionality revisited and validated re

21 Highland Pathfinder Benefits A more holistic assessment of children. Reduced bureaucracy means staff have more time for direct work with children and families. - Fewer meetings and reports for all agencies; 75% saving in time required for meetings - 50% reduction in SW caseload, and admin reduced to 10% of activity. Reduction in unnecessary referrals to the Reporter – down by 70%. Reporters and Panels have more time for more serious cases. Reductions of around 50% in the number of children regarded at risk of significant harm. Getting it right for every child Benefits

22 Getting it right for every child Improved outcomes for a majority of children. Teachers, Health Visitors, Social Workers etc all having a better understanding and valuing each others roles, and how they support each other Faster and better quality information sharing Children's needs identified at an earlier stage More effective interventions Less cumbersome processes for children and families Children and families know what is intended and when it will happen

23 Getting it right for every child Other areas With the aim of improving outcomes for children Falkirk and Angus councils have re-engineered their processes in respect of children in residential care In Falkirk there is a yearly review based on each childs stated needs and objectives In Angus the wellbeing indicators are used in ongoing three monthly reviews to measure outcomes Both have seen a spend reduction of between %!


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