As part of the national Getting right for every child (GIRFEC) approach children and young people from birth to 18, or beyond if still in school, and their parents will have access to a Named Person to help them get the support they need. In secondary schools the Named Person will usually be a Principal Guidance Teacher and will remain throughout their time at school. The Named Person will be the single point of contact for children and young people, their parents/carers and the professionals who work with the child or young person.
The GIRFEC approach (which includes the Named Person Service) aims to improve outcomes for children and their families based on a shared understanding of wellbeing. Most children receive the support they need from their own families and their community, in partnership with universal services such as health and education. Where extra support is needed the GIRFEC approach aims to make that support easy to access with the child or young person at the centre. It looks at a child or young person’s overall wellbeing to establish how safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included (SHANARRI – wellbeing indicators) they are, to ensure that each and every child gets the right support, at the right time, from the right people.
The Named Person Service supports this approach, offering a single point of contact for children and their families at a time when support may be needed. It also serves as a way to coordinate multi-agency support (eg from health, social work, police etc) if required.
Should you have anything you would like to discuss regarding a child’s wellbeing, please do not hesitate to contact your Named Person either by phone, email or alternatively a letter marked for the attention of your Named Person. Emails should be sent to email@example.com and marked for the attention of your childs named person.
Mr Charlie McGuire – Principal Teacher of Guidance Tynet House
Mrs Ria Sparkes – Principal Teacher of Guidance Spey House
Mrs Susie Burchell – Principal Teacher ASN