12 October 2016
Getting it right for every child in D&G and the named person functions
Following the Supreme Court ruling in July on the Children and Young People Act
(Scotland) 2014, we assured practitioners in Dumfries and Galloway that we would continue
to keep you informed about the implications. This briefing provides an update on our
In Dumfries and Galloway we remain committed to getting it right for every child as our
approach to working with children, young people and families. The GIRFEC approach
encapsulates all the principles of best practice, these being that:
We focus on improving outcomes for children, young people and their families based
on a shared understanding of wellbeing (SHANARRI indicators).
We prioritise keeping children safe.
We use the wellbeing indicators to identify concerns, assess needs and agree actions
We share information proportionately and appropriately.
We put the child at the centre of all assessment, planning and intervention and we
listen to their views.
We streamline our planning, assessment and decision-making processes to provide
the right help at the right time.
We shift from crisis intervention to prevention and early intervention.
Where children need multi-agency help, this is co-ordinated by a Lead Professional.
In Dumfries and Galloway, we use named persons to support the practical application of the
GIRFEC principles above.
Our progress in supporting children and families and improving the wellbeing outcomes of
children was recently acknowledged by Care Inspectorate inspectors and we are committed
to ensuring the GIRFEC approach continues to deliver improvements in the way we work
The court ruling does not impact on our continued implementation of the GIRFEC approach
in Dumfries and Galloway and practitioners should continue to use the guidance, tools and
templates that have been developed for this. Our GIRFEC products are all publicly
available on the practitioner’s page
of the children and families website and the key products
D&G GIRFEC Practice Guidance
D&G Information Sharing Guidance
Child Chronology template
Child’s Plan Meeting template
Child Assessment Report
Request for Assistance Form
Guidance is also available on the website for using the forms and templates and child
are also available. The role of a named person in Dumfries and Galloway
has always been to:
- Offer support to the parent or carer and their child.
- Act as the parent’s first point of contact if they have any concerns about their child.
- Assist in getting help from other services if the child needs additional support.
These functions pre-date the Children and Young People (Scotland) 2014 Act and they have
In Dumfries and Galloway, the following staff carry out the functions of named person.
From birth to when the child starts Primary 1
From Primary 1 to the end of Primary 7
The Head Teacher or a promoted teacher
From Secondary 1 to when the child leaves
The Head Teacher or a promoted teacher
If the child is home-educated or, for example,
The Education department will identify a
a member of the gypsy/traveller community.
We recently issued guidance on information-sharing to managers and we continue to
provide multi-agency training on information-sharing and chronologies. Our next steps will
be to continue our implementation of GIRFEC with further revision of existing tools (for
example the Child Assessment Report) and development of training.
We will notify staff of further guidance, information and opportunities for learning and
development in due course.
We understand that the Scottish Government are working towards a revised implementation
date of August 2017 for the parts of the Children and Young People Act (Scotland) 2014
relating to the Named Person Service.
Children’s Services Executive Group:
Colin Grant, Director Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning (Chair)
Lindsay Abrines, Locality Reporter Manager
Lillian Cringles, CSWO/Head of Children, Families and Criminal Justice Services
Eddie Docherty, Executive Nurse Director
Irvine Watson, Superintendent Operations, Police Scotland
Linda Williamson, General Manager, Women and Children’s Health Services