Scottish Ministers have agreed that "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, the target that every school in Scotland would be an Integrated Community School, has been overtaken by the 'impact driven' target to ensure that every school is participating in the delivery of the Integrated Children's Services.
The relationship between the drivers for the planning of Integrated Children's Services, the National Priorities for Education, Orkney's Community and Corporate Plans and the Education Authority's Visions and Values have been plotted in the department's Service Improvement Plan.
The Quality Improvement Framework for Integrated Services for Children, Young People and their Families, Scottish Executive 2006, provides an approach to ensure that service provision is of good quality. By both definition and default, the Improvement Framework also articulates quite clearly the characteristics of good partnership working.
These characteristics are "consistency and coherence". Both are 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 and the perception of the service by the user, be it a child, their parent or carer or a young person.
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To successfully plan for consistency and coherence, the following questions need to be asked:
Key, but not exclusive partners, in this process are: