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  Getting To Know GIRFEC

Getting to Know GIRFEC: what Getting it Right for Every Child means for Children and Young People who are disabled or living with long term conditions

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About the Project

Our project is aimed at raising awareness of Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) for disabled children and those living with long term conditions and their parents and carers.

GIRFEC is the Scottish Government’s approach to making Scotland the best place to grow up for all children and young people.  It is about implementing good practice and supporting children’s wellbeing to allow every child and young person to be the very best they can be.  It is important for children and young people as well as their parents and carers to be informed about GIRFEC in order to enable them to use the tools and language of GIRFEC to ensure the best outcome for the child.

We will collate feedback from those who participate in GIRFEC information sessions and provide reports to the Scottish Government on this feedback to help inform GIRFEC guidance and practice, promoting the voice of children and young people and their parents and carers.

 


Meet the Team 

The Team:

Team Biographies: 

NameRonnie Hill

Ronnie brings 40 years of experience in children’s services , including social work, education and regulation. Positions he has held include, Director of Children’s Services Regulation with the Care Commission, Head of Children’s Services with East Lothian Council and Assistant Director, National Services with CHILDREN1st. A passionate advocate of listening to children, Ronnie firmly believes that GIRFEC holds the promise of helping children, young people and their families have a real say about the nature of the support and services they need. Currently, Ronnie is seconded on a part time basis to the Scottish Government GIRFEC team as their 3rd sector policy implementation advisor.                                                              

 NameSarah Wardrop   

After graduating with a degree in Modern Languages (French & Spanish), Sarah undertook several internships before landing her first permanent role as a web administrator for an independent department store. Her first foray into the Third Sector was with EVOC when she joined as Communications Officer in 2014. Sarah moved to the ALLIANCE as Communications Coordinator in 2016, and currently works with both the Third Sector Health and Social Care Support Team and the Getting to Know GIRFEC Project.


 


What will we be doing to raise awareness?

 

  •  GIRFEC Information sessions for Children and Young People

These sessions will increase children and young people's understanding of what GIRFEC should mean for them in practice and will help build participants capacity and confidence to use GIRFEC as a tool to help access the support they need.
 

  •  GIRFEC Information sessions for Parents and Carers

These sessions will be to build awareness of the GIRFEC approach so that parents will be more empowered to access and influence the support their child or young person needs to achieve their desired outcomes.
 

  • GIRFEC 'Training for Trainers' Workshops

A package has been developed to be used by others working in this field who wish to deliver GIRFEC information sessions themselves. 'Training for Trainers' sessions will be aimed towards third sector organisations working directly with children, young people and parents and towards Community Planning Partnerships.

 

  • Events arranged through local Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs)
If you are a TSI and would like to organise GIRFEC training, please get in touch.
 

Current Events Planned

       

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GLASGOW
 Thursday 21st September - Getting it Right for Every Child - Information Sharing and Policy Update : book here >

ABERDEEN
Monday 2nd October - Getting it Right for Every Child - Information Sharing and Policy Update : book here >

EDINBURGH
Friday 29th September - Getting it Right for Every Child - Information Sharing and Policy Update : book here >

AYR
Friday 6th October - Getting it Right for Every Child - Information Sharing and Policy Update : book here >

DUMFRIES and GALLOWAY - Getting it Right for Every Child - Information Sharing and Policy Update : book here >

 

If you require any further information about the project, the events, or wish to book a session for your organisation or group then please email sarah.wardrop@alliance-scotland.org.uk


Experiences of Transitions to Adult Years and Adult Services

The ALLIANCE, in Partnership with the Scottish Government, have published a new report: "Experiences of Transitions to Adult Years and Adult Services. >

This qualitative study about transitions to adult years and services was commissioned by Scottish Government and completed by the Health and Social Care Alliance between July 2016 and March 2017. The study is based upon the experience of some 30 individuals and families for whom the transition paths to adult years and services has been impacted by a broad spectrum of complex and interacting disabilities.

Mark McDonald MSP,  Minister for Childcare and Early Years, launched the report on 24 May 2017. In his Forward to the report he said that the Scottish Government will consider in detail how to take forward the report recommendations.

These recommendations cover areas such as:

  • The central place of the national Wellbeing indicators
  • Principles of Good Transitions 3
  • Information for children, young people and families  
  • Training
  • Outreach
  • Co-ordination and Point of Contact
  • Structures
  • Planning in Partnership: Family Group Decision Making
  • Resourcing of respite and short breaks 

Ronnie Hill,  Associate Director for Children, Young People and Families at the ALLIANCE has said:

“Supporting disabled children, young people and their families through this period of profound change is a matter of fairness and inclusion. Offering and sustaining the right support to young people and their families throughout this process is about ensuring social justice and upholding people’s rights.

The resilience, creativity and tenacity of families is the bright light in this report as they strive over the years to ensure disabled young people navigate change and reach their potential in adulthood. The report sets out examples of great practice and support which has assisted young people and families through this change. It also highlights tensions, frustrations and dilemmas which need to be resolved.

This is a report about hope. We know that there are practical steps that can be taken by statutory services and third sector partners, working with families, to make improvements to the support offered. The recommendations set out in this report are based on what families and practitioners have told us about what works well and about how improvements can be made.”

Read the report in full here >


Getting to Know GIRFEC Video Series

The five part 'Getting to Know GIRFEC' video series, in British Sign Language (BSL) format, is now available to view online.


Materials

We are currently and continually working to add to this. If you have anything to contribute, please don't hesitate to contact us. Similarly if there are any problems with any of the links please let us know as soon as possible.

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Core Materials:

Parent and Carer Information Pack

 
(please contact sarah.wardrop@alliance-scotland.org.uk for word versions of these documents.)

Parent and Carer Presentation

Getting it Right for YOUR Child: Wellbeing Activity - An activity designed by the project which encourages participants to think through the aspects of wellbeing in their own context.

Getting it Right for Charlie - The written case study on Charlie in picture format.

Evaluation Form for Parent/Carer Sessions

 

Adult Easy Read Documents:
 

PDF Format

Parent and Carer Additional Easy Read Factsheet - Child's Plan

Parent and Carer Additional Easy Read Factsheet - Lead Professional

Parent and Carer Additional Easy Read Factsheet - GIRFEC Overview

Parent and Carer Easy Read Factsheet - Wellbeing

 

Word Format

Parent and Carer Additional Easy Read Factsheet - Child's Plan

Parent and Carer Additional Easy Read Factsheet - Lead Professional

Parent and Carer Additional Easy Read Factsheet - GIRFEC Overview

Parent and Carer Additional Easy Read Factsheet - Wellbeing

 

Children and Young People Versions: (same document but changed to the child's perspective)

Getting it Right for Every Child Overview - Easy Read Guide for Children and Young People

Lead Professional - Easy Read Guide for Children and Young People

Child's Plan - Easy Read Guide for Children and Young People

 

Additional Materials:

Getting it Right for Every Child - ALLIANCE Response to Call for Views on the Information Sharing Bill > - 6th September 2017

Getting it Right for Every Child - policy update for stakeholders > - July 2017

The Children and Young People (Information Sharing) Bill - Briefing update

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - A guide for Children and Young People. > - A leaflet by Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People which gives more reader friendly information on children's rights and can be used in conjunction with the section including diagram on how the wellbeing wheel matches the convention.

UNCRC: The Foundation of Getting it Right For Every Child > - This report documents the beginning of Getting it Right From Every Child and demonstrates the clear links between GIRFEC and childrens rights.

UNCRC: Report on Children's Views of the UNCRC - This report was produced by the Alliance. Published September 2015.

List of Resources - A list of websites we have found which are in relation to GIRFEC. There is a list of local authority's specific GIRFEC websites if you scroll down.

My Life in Scotland Final Report - A report by Childrens Parliament on helping community planning partnerships to understand and improve the wellbeing of children and young people in their areas

GIRFEC Video > - A short video by the Scottish Government explaining what GIRFEC is and how it will help make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up.

Getting it Right For Ryan > - A video case study by the Scottish Government which follows the story of Ryan and how his Named Person helped him after his mum left.

Angus wellbeing web > - Although the actual resource has been archived this link will take you to a slide explaining the Angus wellbeing web and how to use it.

Children and Young People Talking Mats > - A useful resource for assessing the wellbeing needs of children and young people.

Shaping the Services You Use - A link to For Scotland's Children's website which includes a guide to Parent Participation

Empowered and Effective Decision Making - Capability Scotland and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) are working together on an action research project made possible by Scottish Government funding to find out what empowers disabled children and young people to make their own decisions.

Getting it right in policy and legislation > - Children's Rights Legislation in Scotland - a quick guide

Guide to Engagement with Families - Participation in Practice > - Includes policy background and rationale and practical sections explaining how to engage with stakeholders