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What does 'Getting It Right For Every Child' mean for me?

As a practitioner who comes into contact with a child, 'Getting It Right For Every Child', provides you with a common language to describe a child's well-being, it provides values and principles that you and your agency should work towards, common tools and guidance to help you identify the best support for a child, as well as defining roles and processes to help you identify and meet a child's needs.

Getting It Right For Every Child approach

The Getting It Right For Every Child approach is about how practitioners across all services for children and adults meet the needs of children and young people, working together where necessary to ensure they reach their full potential. It promotes a shared approach and accountability that:

  • builds solutions with and around children, young people and families
  • enables children and young people to get the help they need when they need it
  • supports a positive shift in culture, systems and practice
  • involves working better together to improve life chances for children, young people and families

Getting It Right For Every Child is founded on ten core components which can be applied in any setting and in any circumstance.

  1. A focus on improving outcomes for children, young people and their families based on a shared understanding of wellbeing.
  2. A common approach to gaining consent and to sharing information where appropriate.
  3. An integral role for children, young people and families in assessment, planning and intervention.
  4. A co-ordinated and unified approach to identifying concerns, assessing needs, and agreeing actions and outcomes, based on the wellbeing indicators.
  5. Streamlined planning, assessment and decision-making processes that lead to the right help at the right time.
  6. Consistent high standards of co-operation, joint working and communication where more than one agency needs to be involved, locally and across Scotland.
  7. A Named Person for every child and young person, and a Lead Professional (where necessary) to co-ordinate and monitor multi-agency activity.
  8. Maximising the skilled workforce within universal services to address needs and risks as early as possible.
  9. A confident and competent workforce across all services for children, young people and their families.
  10. The capacity to share demographic, assessment, and planning information - including electronically - within and across agency boundaries.