A gateway to Children's Services across HighlandWHAT'S NEW:
November 2nd 2012 - "The Maternal and Child Nutrition Best Practice Guidance has been revised for 2012, taking account of changes in evidence and feedback from the first edition. It continues to be a practical, accessible and comprehensive source of information on all issues relating to nutrition through pre-conception and pregnancy, infant feeding and the early years. It provides useful links to related websites and to the fantastic suite of free behaviour change and related modules delivered through the Highland Public Health Network."
Recipe for Parenthood Young Parents report 2012
November 5th 2012 - the updated Missing Families Alert covering Missing and Vulnerable Families, Children Missing from Education, and Pregnant Women at risk of Absconding.
March 31st 2012 - the updated Child & Adult Protection Guidance for Community Groups in Highland is now available
April 15th 2011 - the updated Highland Interagency Child Protection Policy Guidelines are now available.
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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.