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GIRFEC Key Elements

GIRFEC Key Elements


The Children and Young People Act introduces a description of how people working with children, young people and parents understand and consider a child or young person's wellbeing.

Wellbeing is broader than child protection and how we tend to think about welfare.

To help make sure everyone - children, young people, parents, and the services that support them - has a common understanding of what wellbeing means, it is described in terms of eight indicators:

Named Person

The role of the Named Person is a key part of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. The creation of the Named Person role aims to build on existing good practice, formalising a role that health visitors, teachers and others already have in terms of providing care, advice and information.

A Named Person is somebody each child knows they can go to at any time they need help or just want to speak to someone.

Access to a Named Person is an entitlement and while the Named Person has a duty to respond to a worry about a child or young person's wellbeing, there is no obligation on families to take up an offer of help.

Who will be the Named Person in Clackmannanshire?

Every child or young person will be entitled to a Named Person from birth until their 18th birthday, or longer, if still in school.

Children and Young PeopleNamed Person
From birth until school entryHealth Visitor (in some circumstances the family nurse or other professional will take on the role).
Children in schoolHeadteacher or depute
Young person 16-18 not in schoolYouth Services member of staff
Children in school - during school holidaysSenior officer within Children's/Education Service
Gypsy/Traveller childrenSenior officer within Children's/Education Service
Children who are home educatedSenior officer within Children's/Education Service
Young person serving a custodial sentenceUnit Manager from the Scottish Prison Service

How will children and young people know who their Named Person is?

Named Person service providers, the NHS Health Visiting Service and Clackmannanshire Council Education Service, have a duty to inform children and young people who their Named Person is.

This information will be provided to families along with how to contact their Named Person.

Child's Plan

Not every child will require a Child's Plan, but when a child or young person needs more support than is more generally available, a Child's Plan will be agreed in consultation with children, young people and their families.

The Child's Plan will bring together current planning processes into a single planning process to ensure that plans are coordinated and tailored to meet the specific needs and circumstances of individual children.

A Child's Plan will record who will coordinate the support. This person is known as the Lead Professional for the plan and they will work with the child and their parent(s) to keep them informed.

For Further Information Contact

Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 452461 / 450000