Hundreds gather for Lanarkshire hosted launch of the ‘Getting it right for every child’ programme
Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 17:10 GMT on Wednesday 9th January, 2013.
NEARLY three-hundred people involved with child services in Lanarkshire attended the launch of a new guide aimed at improving the life chances for all children and young people in the area.

Getting it right for every child, (GIRFEC) is a national policy and programme which is being implemented in Lanarkshire.

The various agencies involved in supporting children, young people and families in Lanarkshire carried out an extensive review of how well they worked together in order to achieve better futures for all of our children and young people.

As a result of the review, the 'GIRFEC Practice Guidance' has been published and the partners have made important steps to improve the services they deliver and the way they work together.

Councillor Kaye Harmon, Chair of the North Lanarkshire Council Children's Services Partnership, said: "This document is a significant development in ensuring that all agencies will have a consistent approach when working with children and families.

"The practice guide should support the whole workforce in Lanarkshire to fully implement Getting it right for every child.This includes public sector children's services staff, adult services colleagues and partners in the voluntary sector.

"The launch marks a milestone in Lanarkshire's journey to develop and implement systems, practice and culture change to make sure that we get it right for every child, young person and family.

"This guide is testament to the hard work, commitment and passion of every practitioner who has worked to helped progress GIRFEC from vision to reality."

Representatives from North Lanarkshire Council in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council, NHS Lanarkshire, Police and the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA) gathered at the Maxim Business Centre in Eurocentral in late December.
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