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Orkney Children and Young People’s Partnership (OCYPP)

The Orkney Children and Young People’s Partnership was formed in July 2015 and provides a meeting point for all those working with and providing services to children and young people in Orkney.

It was formed from the Childcare Partnership and the Services for Children and Young People Development Group and retains oversight of Orkney’s Integrated Children’s Services Plan (from the 'Related Links' section of this page). In this respect it is an advisory group, a stake-holder group and a consultation group.

The current Chair of the partnership is Jim Lyon, Interim Chief Social Work Officer and Head of Children, Families and Criminal Justice for Orkney Health and Care (OHAC).

Further pages can be accessed from the 'More pages in this section' menu.

The following documents are available from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page:

Our Vision

The ambition for all of Scotland’s children is that they are successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens. To achieve this every child and young person needs to be safe; healthy; achieving; nurtured; active; respected and responsible; and included.

Planning and development for services for children and young people in Orkney is organised using a ‘growing up’ model. This is set in the context of developing and strengthening partnerships as part of the wider agenda of building community capacity, early intervention and preventative spend.Orkney Children and Young People's Partnership - "The Promise" poster.

Our Values

Orkney’s ambition for children and young people is that this is a place where service providers and the community work together so that, as children and young people grow up, they get the right help, at the right time, in the right way.

Our Aims

In practical terms this means that:

Priorities and actions within the current plan reflect those ambitions and projects where collaboration between agencies and services is essential for success.

The Integrated Children’s Services Plan is not therefore a representation of the total activity undertaken by services, teams and individuals who form an integral part of the children’s services workforce and community provision for children and young people in Orkney.

Please see below in ‘Related Downloads’ for our Plans, Reviews and Performance Indicators.

Contact Details

Childminder Enquiries – Rachel Ratter, ELC, Education Leisure and Housing, School Place, Kirkwall KW15 1NY.

Telephone: 01856873535 extension 2422.


For enquiries for grants for new childminder registration costs or equipment for existing childminders, please contact: Lorraine Hunter (Administrative Assistant, Orkney Public Protection Committee) Children and Families, Orkney Health and Care, Council Offices, School Place, Kirkwall, KW15 1NY.

Telephone: 01856873535 extension 2680.


Note that new child minders intending to work full time in childminding may be eligible for funding through the Business Gateway. Please contact Rachel or Lorraine for further information.

Related Sites

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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