Getting it right for every child – working together to improve children’s services and outcomes

The vast majority of Scotland’s children and young people get the love and support they need from within their families and their wider, local communities. But even the most loving and caring families can sometimes need extra support.

This support can be provided through the wider family, the community or sometimes through what we call children’s services – services delivered by the local authority, health board or other third sector or independent provider that are wholly or mainly for the benefit of children generally or those with particular needs.

Our vision is of affordable public services for children and families which rise to the challenge of tackling inequalities. In Scotland we want communities that are empowered and supported to take responsibility for their own actions, with public services that are confident and agile enough to allow that to happen.

Community Planning Partnerships in Scotland play a full part in delivering improved outcomes for children and their families – leaders and their teams must work together across organisational boundaries to shape services around the needs and demands of individuals and communities.

It is essential that we keep a clear focus on prevention and early intervention, with the aim of breaking cycles of inequality and poverty. The Realigning Children’s Services programme, funded by the Scottish Government, provides support to leaders and teams locally to help this vision become a reality.

To do this we will:

  • Collect data on wellbeing directly from children and parents
  • Map children’s services that are currently provided and how much they cost
  • Deliver a Development and Facilitation programme for Community Planning Partnerships

The For Families button will guide parents, young people and children through everything they need to know about Realigning Children’s Services.

The For Professionals button will link those working with children and their families to specialised information they are likely to need, including the resources developed for school staff with a role in administering the school surveys.