GIRFEC is the national approach in Scotland to improving outcomes and supporting the well-being of our children and young people by offering the right help at the right time from the right people. It supports them and their parent/s or carer/s to work in partnership with the services that can help them.’ (Scottish Government, DFM Parliamentary Statement on 8th September 2016)
Partnership working matters in Aspire Scotland. Close working relationships with each young person is at the heart of what we do. Each young person has a key worker who ensures they allocate regular quality time to listen and respond to any concerns or issues.
Our care and education (Educare) staff work as one team ensuring consistency for young people who benefit from the range of complementary skills. Educare workers support young people in and around teaching areas and education staff provide guidance for care practitioners in delivering a range of both formal and informal learning.
Aspire Scotland develops close links with parents and carers whenever possible, ensuring that when appropriate young people maintain close contact with their family and hopefully make a positive return to the family home. Informal contact via phone or email as well as regular formal meetings allow parents very good opportunities to track the progress of their child and be clear about the strategies and approaches that work well to achieve best outcomes.
Aspire Scotland currently works with authorities from across the United Kingdom. The secure electronic Gateway communication and tracking tool allows all relevant personnel including placing officers, social workers, teachers, senior managers, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses and CAMH’s workers to monitor and contribute to the progress of their young person in real time. This truly collaborative approach drives accountability and ensures excellent corporate parenting from all parties.