Orkney Islands Council
Working together for a better Orkney

Getting it Right

In order to become confident individuals, effective contributors, successful learners and responsible citizens, all Scotland's children need to be safe, nurtured, healthy, achieving, active, included, respected and responsible.

As a consequence, it is expected that every school will actively participate in the delivery of Integrated Children's Services.

The Quality Improvement Framework for Integrated Services for Children, Young People and their Families, Scottish Executive 2006, provides an approach to ensuring that service provision is of good quality. By definition, it also articulates the characteristics of good partnership working namely, "consistency and coherence". This is deemed to apply universally to a wide range of matters such as the language used to discuss issues amongst professionals, the processes used to identify and meet needs - integrated assessment framework, the perception by the user, be it a child, their parent or carer or a young person and the overall impact of the service.

It is anticipated that the guarantee of consistency and coherence for any child or young person, with additional support needs, will be achieved principally through the adoption of an integrated assessment framework.

Getting it Right for Every Child

Getting it Right for Every Child is a national initiative. Getting it Right for Orkney’s Children and Young People describes the approach taken locally to giving all children and young people the best start in life. This includes the Council as a Corporate Parent working in partnership with others service providers.

Every child and young person in Orkney is on a journey through life, experiencing rapid development and change as they make the transition from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood.

This guide provides an overview of the Getting it Right for Orkney’s Children and Young People approach and developments so far. It provides information on emerging national and local thinking, building from the work of national pathfinders and existing local good practice. It shows how the practice model and tools can be used to secure better outcomes for children and young people.

This guide is relevant to all those involved or working with children and young people, including practitioners working in adult services with parents and carers.

Applying a Getting it Right approach to improve outcomes for children and young people contributes directly to the way agencies work to help them become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.

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