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Two year Partnership to benefit Children, Young People and Families

Written by: Margaret Barclay, Development Co-ordinator for Children, Young People & Families, The ALLIANCE

Published: 30/05/2013

New role to promote the Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) approach.

I am delighted that the Scottish Government has entered into a funding partnership with The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland for the next two years to help improve the lives of children and young people.

This builds on our work in this area since the ‘Seen and not Heard’ report in 2010 and my own work over the past 18 months to develop guidance on how Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) can be put into practice for disabled children and young people.

As the parent of a disabled child, I understand how complicated things seem when they are first introduced to us and that we cannot always see the benefits of change nor understand how it can have a positive effect on our children. I therefore welcome this opportunity to work in partnership with organisations from across sectors, and most importantly with children, young people and parents,  in continuing my work promoting the principles of GIRFEC and bringing them to life.

It is my goal over the next two years to promote GIRFEC and make it accessible to as many children, young people and their families as possible in order for them to feel empowered, confident and knowledgeable.  I hope that this will help children, young people and parents to be more able to engage with the processes involved in GIRFEC and ensuring that they stay at the centre of all decisions and that their views are listened to.

The good value principles of GIRFEC and its holistic view represent a positive approach that sets positive outcomes and assists all children and young people in being the very best they can be.

If you would like more information then please contact me on 0141 404 0231

I look forward to meeting you all.

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