Presentation on theme: "Getting it Right for Every Child"— Presentation transcript:
1 Getting it Right for Every Child Boyd McAdamScottish Executive
2 Youth Justice and Children’s Hearings Division Education DepartmentYouth Justice and Children’s Hearings DivisionWhat’s in a name?Getting it right for every childIntegrated Children’s Services?Delivering ICS? Not a good acronym“Getting it Right for Every Child Team”
3 Genealogy Partnership Agreement Vision For Scotland’s Children Integrated ServicesReview of Children’s Hearings systemPhase 1 GIRFECNot in isolationFamiliar with VisionVarious reports
5 Getting it Right for Every Child: Children get the help they need when they need it.No more referrals.Responses to meet need are appropriate, proportionate and timely (APT response)Strengthening the capacity of families and communities to meet the needs of childrenThe help comes to them.Early InterventionBuild on range of help and support.
6 Minimise bureaucracy and deliver better outcomes for children Unified approach will strengthen integration agenda and improve delivery and outcomes for all childrenMinimise bureaucracy and deliver better outcomes for childrenThinking whole child and action to address need: applies to everyone, incl youth justice, schools, health, child protection. Voluntary sector as wellFunding streams: too many, too complex, too bureaucratic.Scope to rationalise and focus on monitoring key outcomes.Monitor through annual plan updates and link to LA outcome agreements.Quality Improvement Framework: supports self-evaluation but also reinforces inter-agency responsibility for improving integrated services.Supports – not replaces – service specific frameworks. Rationalises PIs.Supports joint inspections.Strong support from consultation responses.
7 Why?We know the system is not working as it should: referrals, bureaucracyChildren experience many meetings, many reports, confusing action plansChildren have been failedPanel Members not well served: complaint numbers/ varied approach concern to us.Increase in referrals, especially in care and protection.No similar increase for Hearings. So increased process. What was being done to monitor outcomes for the child?Variations. Some small and petty. But build up into different approaches, lack of consistency, frustration, need for standards
8 UpdateHealthy response: generally % support for most proposals. But more detail sought Some points not fully understood:Children’s views different to professionals’Responses from agencies were quite agency focused.Victims in Hearings not supported. Concern over local links.Status Quo wanted to remain by certain organisations.
9 Concerns over information sharing/how single record will be achieved IssuesHow do we make it happen?Lead professional.Concerns over information sharing/how single record will be achievedSupport structureVictims/ offendingHow is the voluntary sector brought in?As Highland, what could we do re: young offendersMembers of public then shouldn’t be cut off from process if reported concerns. Information back to individuals. Communication as a whole.
10 Next Steps Consultation published in detail Advocacy research to be published at the same time as consultation responses.Not received many views of the public. Will wish to take soundings as GIRFEC rolled out. Views of public/ young people on team.ParliamentWhen public knowledge – Peter Peacock to discuss with Cabinet, discussion in Parliament. February/March time.But key message is go ahead
11 How? - Strategy Legislation Governance, funding and structures September 2006?Enacted by March 2007?Implementation (of legislation) 2008/9?Governance, funding and structuresif neededPractice changeFrom nowPathfinder projectsGuidance/ training/ awareness developedBy September. Bill team in place.Not legislate on every single proposal.Duties, responsibilities.Grounds for Referral will require legislationBarriers to implementation. Governance, Funding and Structure. Cannot resolve issues where child needs money. Knowing funding not a barrier would help implementation nationally. If do find barriers and require legislative fix – timetable of Bill may not be right.Provide tools for people to do job properlyHelps steer them in terms of things they have to think aboutPiece of work to do to ensure not procedural. But change in mind set and delivery for the child.Highland willing to consider pilot. SE eager to work in partnership.
12 Vision/outcomes for children Integrated children’s services plans Delivery mechanismsReporterSE has set out the Vision for children: safe, nurtured, healthy, active, respected and responsible, active and included.Integrated Children’s Services Plans: 1995 Act plans; school education; children’s social work; child health and youth justice.Aim is to rationalise planning activity across local agencies; agree consistent improvement objectives and delivery strategiesPlanning - 3 year horizon. There is room for improvement.Annual updates will become planning and reporting mechanism – reduce bureaucracy.There will be formal feedback, dialogue and updated guidance.Integrated assessment, plan and recordInformation sharing systems and proceduresQuality improvement framework/ self evaluationIntegrated inspections
13 National Implementation Taking forward: Want to see GIRFEC rollout from the outset. Not wait for legislation.Commitment to support and developPathfinder pilots
14 Workstreams Workforce Performance Management Vision and Communication Improved practiceGovernance, Funding, Structures
15 Issues for the voluntary sector Duties on agencies: do they extend to the voluntary sector?Accountability, when providing a service for agenciesAwareness/ training of staffAccess to information