Putting children and young people at the centre
The Scottish Government has an ambitious vision for Scotland as the best place in the world for children to grow up. This is a challenging goal which means together we must put Scotland’s children at the heart of everything we do. I say this not just as Scotland’s Minister for Children and Young People but also as the mother of a young son. I want to see him grow up in a Scotland that values its children and gives them the best possible start in life.
That is why I am pleased to introduce a series of blogs about wellbeing and the implementation of Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) by senior representatives of the GIRFEC Programme Board.
I am excited by the opportunities that lie ahead of us. The consultation on our proposals for the Children and Young People Bill closed on September 25 – and there were almost 300 responses. This legislation will provide us with a once in a generation opportunity to shift fundamentally the way our services – both children and adult – work with and relate to children. We believe our proposals to embed children’s rights across Scotland and via the implementation of GIRFEC will make a major difference to the lives of all children and young people.
The Parenting Strategy, which we’re launching today, also helps drive forward this change, as does our joint work on early years overall and on the Early Years Collaborative.
GIRFEC plays a key part. As an approach, it promotes early intervention and supports the child and family at every stage. It is the strong spine running through all our policies for children and young people. Which is why we are keen to see GIRFEC firmly and consistently embedded across Scotland and the Bill will reinforce the good work already being done in this respect all across our communities.
I attended the most recent meeting of the GIRFEC Programme Board in September, and was encouraged by the enthusiasm I saw and heard, and I welcomed the constructive dialogue with members.
I emphasised to the Board the importance of making progress now on GIRFEC, upping the pace of implementation and ensuring that it reaches all parts of Scotland. Every child in Scotland deserves to be supported in accordance with GIRFEC principles.
The blogs which will appear over the coming weeks from Board Members will provide their insights. I look forward to reading them and hope they will encourage you in whatever role you can to press ahead with GIRFEC.
We will do everything we can as Government to support implementation. However it is to the professionals in the field and the leaders of organisations that we now look to ensure this happens in practice. We must act now to ensure the kind of bright future for Scotland and its children that we all want to see.
Minister for Children and Young People
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