Our local Children’s Services Planning arrangements include multi-agency representation of services at all levels – this reflects a long history of strong partnership working in Aberdeenshire.
Getting it Right for Every Child doesn’t just apply to services who work directly with children and young people – it includes professionals who work to support parents/carers in Adult Services such as Mental Health or Substance Misuse services, and community-based services which contribute to improved welbeing less directly, but as importantly, for example through provision of safe and secure housing.
Our Children’s Services Partnership therefore includes a range of organisations – these include: Aberdeenshire Council, NHS Grampian, Police Scotland, Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, The Children’s Reporter, Third Sector organisations via Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action (AVA) and many others.
The diagram below shows how different groups work together to support delivery of our Children’s Services Plan. The governance for this has been delegated by the Community Planning Partnership to the Executive Group for Public Protection.
A brief description of each group can be found below, and you can find further information in our 2017-2020 Children’s Services Plan
Diagram of the GIRFEC structure within Aberdeenshire
You can find out more detail on these groups in the GIRFEC roles and responsibilities document
|The Executive Group For Public Protection (EGPP)||Chief Officers have accountability for scrutiny and reassurance that services deliver support in line with statutory responsibilities. They can request action is taken to address any barriers and act to ensure appropriate checks and balances are in place at the most senior level of each organisation. The EGPP have oversight of the work of Aberdeenshire Child Protection Committee, Children’s Services Planning arrangements, Adult and Public Protection. This makes sure there is connectivity at the highest strategic and organisational level.|
|Child Protection Committee||Our Child Protection Committee also reports to the EGPP and you can find out more about their work here|
|The GIRFEC Strategic Group (GSG)||With responsibility for overseeing development and review of Aberdeenshire’s Children’s Services Plan, and multi-agency GIRFEC implementation, the GSG provides strategic direction, and leads strategic and organisational planning and delivery of services. This group makes decisions around realigning resources and commissioning/ decommissioning services, agrees and tasks development activity required to support effective progress of the Children’s Services Plan, and would endorse upscaling of interventions and approaches as recommended by Thematic Groups.|
|Intelligence, Data & Planning Group (IDP)||The IDP supports multi-agency collection, analysis and use of information/service data, which helps to inform our understanding of Aberdeenshire-wide need. They play a key role in the development and review of a performance measurement framework for the Plan. This informs annual progress reporting, and helps to identify how well collective action by Children’s Services Planning Partners is contributing to improved wellbeing and outcomes for children and young people.|
|Thematic Subgroups||Thematic Chairs lead development activity along with multi-agency Subgroups focused on each strategic priority of the Plan. They report directly to the GIRFEC Strategic Group and make recommendations on multi-agency service development and interventions. Thematic Subgroups can utilise support from Local GIRFEC Groups and services as required. The 5 thematic subgroups are: Early Years, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Children with a Disability, Substance Misuse and Corporate Parenting.
There are two additional multiagency working groups, which focus on Whole Systems Approach/Youth Justice, and Young Carers.
|The Coordination & Support Hub (CSH)||Strengthening the link between operational practice and wider GIRFEC strategic development, the Hub acts to support consistency across the 17 Groups with a focus on multi-agency practice. They share key GIRFEC updates, collate feedback on emerging trends from Local GIRFEC Groups, and escalate any unresolvable barriers to partnership working to the GIRFEC Strategic Group for resolution. The CSH is responsible for development and update of the GIRFEC Website, reviewing/developing Multi-Agency GIRFEC Guidance, and coordinates any support required from Local GIRFEC Groups to inform GIRFEC development activity.|
|Local GIRFEC Groups (LGG’s)||Local GIRFEC Groups play a key role as a forum to lead and support effective partnership working at the local level, with local ownership over delivery of Children’s Services. They have an operational practice focus, and support GIRFEC implementation through use of agreed local GIRFEC approaches on a multi-agency basis. The Local GIRFEC Groups are based in the 17 locality networks across key settlements of Aberdeenshire.|
|Early Years Forums (EYF)||With a specific focus on the pre-birth to 8 year old age-range, Early Years Forums play a key role in delivery of locally agreed priorities under the 5 key aims of the Early Years Thematic Subgroup Action Plan.|