Assessment and Care Planning

Our approaches to assessment and care planning have fully embraced the core components and set of values and principles outlined within the "Getting It Right For Every Child" (GIRFEC) framework. Children and young people sit at the centre of the process and we are committed to working in partnership with families, carers and all other involved professionals and external agencies. Our actions and interventions around young people are informed by a whole child approach that looks to build on their strengths and recognise their potential.

Developing a co-ordinated and unified approach to assessing needs that draws on the expertise of a number of specialisms and areas of expertise allows us to produce a holistic assessment of a young person’s needs and develop a Professional Action Plan which is focussed on achieving very specific desired outcomes. Our Therapeutic Services team are invaluable in terms of their contribution to this assessment process and work in partnership with care, education and health to ensure an integrated assessment is produced.

“Young people benefitted from very impressive, structured assessment and personal planning systems that were informed by national guidance and good practice. These had some outstanding aspects. Development of comprehensive assessments was very ably led by the therapeutic services team, who provided specialist input where appropriate. The care team also made a full contribution based on their observations and knowledge of young people’s strengths and preferences.

The service used these assessments very effectively to inform the planning process. Planning documents were well-structured and strongly individualised. They had clearly defined goals and actions aimed at supporting young people to have positive outcomes and experiences and reach their potential.”


Education Scotland and Care Inspectorate Report – March 2020

The key team around the young people meet on a regular basis to review the Professional Action plan and evaluate whether the focussed interventions and actions around a young person are having the desired impact.

These regular Focus Group meetings provide a valuable opportunity for all involved individuals to assess and evaluate the progress being made towards achieving the desired outcomes and to change interventions and approaches when it is clear that progress is not being made. This individualised and flexible approach to care planning is supportive to young people and recognises the need to develop innovative, far-reaching strategies and interventions in order to achieve positive change.