The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 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:
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.
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