There are four steps in assessing who needs additional, targeted support.
West Dunbartonshire use a stepped process based on the Getting It Right For Every Child and Young Person (GIRFEC) approach to assess additional needs. Our use of this approach helps us decide when more targeted support is needed.
Find out more information on the GIRFEC approach as summarised in the Practice Model.
There are eight well-being indicators which can be used by our staff to identify concerns.
We use the 'My World' Triangle tool to gather and organise information about your child. This tool helps to identify what information we have or need to get about your child.
When we use this tool we look at the development of your child, including their:
Once we have this information we will consider:
Is when we can meet your child's needs without the need for targeted support. All children should have this universal support. They should have frequent and regular chances to discuss their learning with a key adult who knows them well and can act as a mentor.
Is when all your child's needs are related to their education and these are met at a local level, e.g. the school.
Is all your child's needs are related to their education and these are met at a council level, i.e. by Educational Services.
Is when help is needed from others, so we will consider a Co-ordinated Support Plan (CSP) and a more integrated plan.
Everyone who helped to write the original plan will help to review it. They will look at:
The review may show one of three things:
If the plan is not working we will either make a more detailed/integrated plan or change the outcomes and targeted support of the original.
More information on Child Protection Services in our area.
We are committed to the Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) approach. This will make sure all our children and young people get the best possible start in life.