Getting it right for every child

Working together to improve children’s services and outcomes

The Realigning Children’s Service programme (RCS) is a way to understand how local services – such as schools, doctors and youth work – are currently supporting children and young people, and how to strengthen services so that the right help is available at the right time from the right people.

Services for children can be delivered by the local authority, health board, third sector or independent providers. RCS helps these local service providers to make better decisions about how to improve what they do and to make a real difference to people’s lives as early as possible.

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The RCS programme, funded by the Scottish Government, are currently supporting  South Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway and Moray.

What RCS will do

  • Ask children and young people about their wellbeing directly through surveys
  • Map children’s services that are currently provided and how much they cost
  • Deliver a Development and Facilitation programme for Community Planning Partnerships

Supporting Community Planning

Community Planning is when services come together with the communities they serve to design and deliver better services. A Community Planning Partnership (or CPP) is the name given to all those services that come together to take part in community planning.

RCS aims to help Scotland’s CPPs to improve outcomes for children and their families  by supporting them to make better joint strategic decisions about their service delivery. To achieve this, leaders and their teams must work together across organisational boundaries to shape services around the needs and demands of individuals and communities.

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

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 wellbeing surveys.