Based on findings from a series of self-evaluation events held in 2015, the GIRFEC Leadership and Management Groups have agreed a new model of 17 practitioner’s ‘Local GIRFEC Groups’ to replace the former six Area Groups. The Local GIRFEC Groups are located in 17 settlement communities, to reflect and build upon natural multi-agency networks in place.

Aboyne Alford Banchory Banff Ellon
Fraserburgh Huntly Inverurie Kemnay Laurencekirk
Mintlaw Oldmeldrum Peterhead Portlethen Stonehaven
Turriff Westhill

The GIRFEC Leadership and Management Groups would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and commitment from everyone involved in all six Area Groups, and note their continued influence on best practice across Education and Children’s Services and Partner Agencies, during this period of transition.

GIRFEC principles remain intrinsic to all work undertaken with children, young people and their families in Aberdeenshire. However, the Local GIRFEC Groups will play a key role in further embedding the GIRFEC culture and processes, strengthening and engaging with local networks, sharing best practice, and contributing to continuous improvement.

Services identified their representatives for each Local GIRFEC Group and Line Managers were provided with advance briefings in order to support those practitioners attending. A briefing workshop has been delivered to nominated Chairs on 19th May, and a further workshop will take place on 2nd June for Local GIRFEC Group Representatives and Chairs. Inaugural Local GIRFEC Groups will roll out shortly thereafter.

This change accompanies wider Service Transformation proposals by the GIRFEC Leadership and Management Groups, to ensure that Aberdeenshire has the best GIRFEC architecture in place to meet the challenges ahead; including news sets of duties under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

The Aberdeenshire Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) website provides information in one place, for young people, parents and carers, staff from the public and private sectors, and the wider community. This includes guidance for practitioners on information sharing, a concept of wellbeing as at the heart of routine practice, and using the National Practice Model for assessment and action planning to meet the needs of children and young people.