A gateway to Children's Services across Highland

WHAT'S NEW:

January 2014 - Launch of Free-Phone Child Protection Line - 08000 938 100.
October 2013 - For Highland's Children 4 (See icon in left-hand margin of this page)

An updated version of the Highland Practice Model and its appendices can be found in the Practice Guidance Section 
The following can be found in the Child Protection Publications Section
- An updated version of the inter-agency Child Protection Guidance - October 2013
- New National Guidance on Child Trafficking - October 2013
- A standardised Safer Highland protocol for Serious Case Reviews - August 2013
- Updated National Child Protection Guidance for Health Professionals - January 2013

 

In Highland we are committed to improving services and outcomes for children and their families. To achieve this, we know that everyone involved with children and young people needs to work together.

We follow the Getting it right for every child Practice Model.  This means that every child has a Named Person.  Those children who have needs that require a single plan across different Services, have a Lead Professional.

There is a lead agency for the delivery of children’s services, within Highland Council.  This brings together the management of children’s health services, social care and specialist additional support for learning, with single governance and a single budget.  It is intended that there will be an integrated, education and children’s service together in two or three years. 

All agencies that support children collaborate to achieve our vision that: “All of Highland’s children have the best possible start in life; enjoy being young; and are supported to develop as confident, capable and resilient, to fully maximise their potential.” 

This is reflected in the Integrated Children’s Plan, ‘For Highland’s Children’, which sets out commitments from to improve and develop services against the key SHANARI themes, to achieve:
• A single service system
• Enhanced support to children and families, when they need it
• Investment in universal provision and early intervention
• Improved services and improving outcomes for Highland’s children

Services are delivered by Highland Council and NHS Highland across nine Districts, in four Areas:
• Mid Area: East Ross ; Mid Ross
• North Area: Caithness ; Sutherland
• South Area: Badenoch & Strathspey, Ardersier and Nairn ;
Inverness East ; Inverness West
• West Area: Lochaber ; Skye, Lochalsh, Assynt and Wester Ross

A stakeholder forum is held in each District, four times a year, to discuss local issues in services for both children and adults.  These meetings are open to the public, who can hear the discussion, and there is an opportunity at each meeting for public or service users contributions.

Details of the District Partnerships can be found here.