- Working with partners
- Working with families
- Quality improvement
In 2014 the Scottish Parliament enacted the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. The new legislation embeds key elements of the GIRFEC approach in to law:
The Children’s & Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 is the most significant piece of legislation affecting children and young people since The Children (Scotland) Act 1995.
It covers a range of areas, including:
It also builds upon and strengthens existing legislation that affects children and young people.
The new legislation places a number of requirements and duties on both services and professionals who work with children and young people. It also places a greater emphasis on the role of children’s rights within the decision making process.
The legislation embeds the key elements of the GIRFEC approach through 3 separate parts:
Part 4 Named Person
Part 5 Child’s Plan
Part 18 Wellbeing Assessment
In 2016 the supreme court upheld a legal challenge to the information sharing portion of the 2014 Act. This has led to the development of a new piece of legislation to address and clarify the process of sharing personal and confidential information about an individual child or their family. The new Bill is working it way through parliament at present and is expected to receive royal accent in 2018
Young carers are children/young people who care for family member(s) who:
– suffer from an illness
– have a disability
– have mental ill-health issues
– Suffer from substance misuse
Their caring role has an impact as they often take on practical and emotional caring responsibilities. Under normal circumstances an adult would provide the care.
Supporting Documents and material for Getting it Right for Young Carers is available in Resources and Publications
The carers (Scotland) Act 2016 came into effect on 1st April 2018. The Act places new duties to help identify and support adult and young carers. The Act defines a young carer as anyone who is under 18 years old, or over 18 years and still at school who is or intending to provide care.
The duties include:
We have completed a full consultation with young carers and they have told us that the following are most important to them:
These outcomes have been used to update ‘Getting it right for young carers in Fife’ local strategy and action plan. This provides important information for all those working with children and young people in Fife and provides guidance on how to assess young carer’s needs and identify the right level of support.
The Act promotes a preventative and early intervention approach and complements existing GIRFEC framework. (See flow chart in publications)
Time for Me! Fund: This is to allow young carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities. Staff across services can support applications for up to £500 to help them follow their interests, take part in activities or events important to them.
Creative Breaks Fund: supports adult and young carers to take a short break from their caring role. This is available via Fife Voluntary Action. See details below.
Fife Young Carers: is a registered charity which supports young carers throughout Fife. This service provides a variety of support to young carers. The type of support a young carer receives depends upon their individual circumstances. For example:
You can find out more:
www.gov.scot – search young carers
www.young.scot/young-carers – search The (Scotland) Carers Act
www.sharedcarescotland.org.uk – search Young Carers Scottish Alliance
www.fifeyoungcarers.co.uk – Authorisation Cards
www.fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk – Creative Breaks
Fife Young Carers – www.fifeyoungcarers.co.uk
Fife Carer Centre – www.fifecarerscentre.org
Homelands – www.homelands-fife.co.uk/
Crossroads – www.crossroadsfifecentral.org/
Kindred – http://www.kindred-scotland.org/fife/
Link Befriending- http://www.linkbefriending.org.uk/
On your Doorstep – www.onyourdoorstepfife.org
Enable Scotland – www.enable.org.uk/area/fife/