GIRFEC Policy and Information sharing

Earlier this year, we shared information about the GIRFEC Practice Development Panel including their report on developing accessible guidance and the Scottish Government’s response to their recommendations.

Please click here to access the report
Please click here for the Scottish Government’s response

On 19 September, the Deputy First Minister updated parliament on the Panel’s findings. Based on these findings and the changes to the data protection legal landscape, the DFM also announced his intention to withdraw the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill and to seek to repeal Parts 4 and 5 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. 
He also outlined a series of measures to provide further guidance and support to practitioners and families so that they can be confident that personal information is handled in a way that respects the rights of individuals while ensuring that children, young people and families can get the help they need when they need it.

Following the DFM’s statement, Michael Chalmers (the Scottish Government’s Children & Families Director) circulated a letter which enclosed a summary of the announcements. The letter also sets out the Government’s ongoing commitment to support and promoting good practice with practical help and guidance.

The Q&A helps to explain what will happen to Part 4 (Named Person) and Part 5 (Child’s Plan) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. It also includes some advice for practitioners on how to communicate this to families.

Please click here to access the letter
Please click here to access a summary of Thursday’s announcements

The NTSG Project continues to fully support the aims of Getting it right for every child, as underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Click here to visit our refreshed website to find out what we do and how our activities support the aims of GIRFEC.