Scottish Parliament hears Ministerial Statement on GIRFEC

Type: News Item Date Published: 20th September 2019

The Deputy First Minister has responded to the report of the Getting it Right for Every Child Practice Development Panel.

Speaking in the chamber on Thursday 19 September, John Swinney MSP outlined the Panel’s findings and set out a series of measures to provide further guidance and support to practitioners and families.

The purpose is to enable families and practitioners to be confident that personal information is handled in a way that respects the rights of individuals while ensuring that children, young people and families can get the help they need when they need it.

An important message from the Deputy First Minister’s statement is that the GIRFEC approach is strongly supported because it works and while the named person service will not be introduced on a legal basis, it will be made available on a policy basis.

The Scottish Government has announced that it will bring forward updated GIRFEC guidance. The ALLIANCE is committed to helping to co-produce this update, bringing forward the voice of children and families with lived experience.

The Ministerial Statement, the Practice Development Panel’s report, and the Scottish Government’s response to the report are accessible on the Scottish Government website (this link will take you away from our website).

Read Prof Ian Welsh OBE, Chair of the Practice Development Panel in the Herald addressing the issues raised within the report (this link will take you away from our website).

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