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.

Desired outcomes are chosen in consultation with all involved individuals and professionals and are linked to the SHANARRI well-being indicators. The 'My World Triangle' and 'Resilience Matrix' are key aspects of this assessment process, with a commitment to involving young people in the assessment and gaining their views about what they need from the adults caring for them and in deciding on their goals and targets. Talking Mats is one tool that is regularly used with young people to gain a greater understanding of the areas they find difficult and the supports that they require to facilitate progress. 

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.