Welcome to our consultation on the new Children's Services Plan 2017-2020

Please click on this short video clip to hear from Maria Walker, Chair of the GIRFEC Strategic Group and Director of Education and Children’s Services.


All services working in Aberdeenshire are committed to Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) and to making sure we work together to make Aberdeenshire the best place in Scotland for children and young people to grow up.

We can improve children and young people’s outcomes by focusing on the combined factors that contribute to their wellbeing. The Wellbeing Indicators (Sometimes referred to as SHANARRI) describe the factors that contribute to a child or young person's wellbeing and the outcomes what we want to achieve for all children and young people in Aberdeenshire. The SHANARRI indicators are; Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible and Included.



We are looking for views from children and young people, parents and carers, and  practitioners across all services to help develop Aberdeenshire’s new Children’s Services Plan.

The Children's Services Plan is a joint plan that describes how services working with children, young people and their families work together to safeguard, support and promote the wellbeing of children and young people in Aberdeenshire. The plan will set out how we will design and deliver our services to ensure the right support is provided to the right children and young people, at the right time. Prevention and early intervention will be a key focus of the plan, and making sure those families most in need of support, get this in a coordinated and streamlined way which helps improve outcomes.


So what kinds of services are included in a Children's Service Plan?

The Scottish Government defines this as those services provided by the local authority or health board (or which are provided on their behalf, for example by Third Sector organisations.) Some of these are services which all children will use, and others are provided to children and families with specific needs.

There are two main types of services:

Children’s Services:“any service provided wholly or mainly to, or for the benefit of children.”

Related Services: “any service which though not a children’s service is capable of having a significant effect on the wellbeing of children”.

Examples of Children’s Services

Examples of Related Services


School Staff, Nurseries, Health Visitors, Youth Groups, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Disability Services, Children & Families Social Work, Community Paediatric services, Befriending, and Fostering and Adoption services etc


This includes supports provided to parents and carers such as Drug and Alcohol Support Services, Mental Health Services, Parenting Classes, Disability Support, and also includes community based services such as Council Leisure & Recreation Services, Housing, Libraries etc


We are really keen to hear your thoughts and ideas on what’s important for your children and families, as part of developing Aberdeenshire’s 2017-2020 Children's Services Plan. Please tell us what you think should be prioritised in Aberdeenshire to support children and young people to be safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included.

By answering these two questions, you will help shape what support, services and issues we need to jointly focus on over the next three years.

Question 1

What current services / resources do you value in Aberdeenshire that support children, young people and families to be: Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible and Included?


Question 2

What support or services do we need to develop or extend in Aberdeenshire to meet the needs of children, young people and their families to be: Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible and Included?


How can I have my say?

To submit your answers and thoughts you will need to register, this is a simple process that will just take a minute.  Click the button at the top of the page to register and follow the on-screen instructions. 

You can tell us what matters to you, by selecting the "Add Idea" button at the top (or bottom) of the page.  When you add an idea, you'll need to tell us why you think it is important.

As well as contributing your own ideas, you can rate and comment on ideas suggested by others.  It is important that you rate other people's suggestions, as it helps us to understand what is important to the majority of people. You can see everyone's ideas by selecting the "See all ideas" button at the top of the page.

Please note that inappropriate or irrelevant comments and ideas will be removed.


What happens next?

The discussion will be monitored and ideas can be submitted until Wednesday, 14th December 2016.  Your feedback will be considered and included with the draft Children's Services Plan, which will be available for public consultation in February 2017 and finalised by 1st April 2017.


Where can I find out more?

You can find out more information about Children's Services in Aberdeenshire using the links below:

Aberdeenshire Integrated Children's Service Plan 2015/16

GIRFEC (Getting It Right For Every Child) in Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire Council Children's Services Information

Scottish Government - Children, Young People & Families



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