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Following the Care Inspectorate’s report on Children’s Services in Moray, the Community Planning Partnership launch their new three-year plan today.

Press release   •   Apr 27, 2017 11:08 BST

L to R: Susan Webb, director of public health NHS Grampian, Roddy Burns, CEO Moray Council, Malcolm Wright, Chair of NHS Grampian, Campbell Thomson, chief supt Police Scotland

Following the Care Inspectorate’s report on Children’s Services in Moray, the Community Planning Partnership launch their new three-year plan today.

Staff from the services concerned with child welfare and protection, Moray Council, NHS Grampian, TsiMoray and Police Scotland will be briefed on the plan at the event, which is being held at Moray College at 2pm.

Media are welcome to attend. Members of the chief officer’s group (COG) overseeing the delivery of the plan will be available for interview/pictures just before the event commences.

A copy of the report is here, with an executive summary below:

Executive Summary

The plan outlines the partnership work taking place in children’s services across Moray to improve outcomes for children, young people and families. It has been developed as a result of collaborative working between Moray Council, NHS Grampian, Police Scotland and third sector partners.

A Children’s Services Plan has five overarching aims:

  1. Children’s services are provided in a way which best safeguards, supports and promotes the wellbeing of children in the area concerned;
  2. The plan ensures that any action to meet needs is taken at the earliest appropriate time and that, where appropriate, action is taken to prevent needs from arising;
  3. It is most integrated from the point of view of recipients and
  4. Constitutes the best use of available resources
  5. Related services in the area are also provided in a way which safeguards, supports and promotes the wellbeing of children

Children’s Services are those which are only provided to children or mainly for their benefit, such as health visitors, education and children and families social work. Related Services are those which are not a children’s service as such, but can have a significant effect on children’s wellbeing - for example, leisure, housing and parental support services.

The Children and Young People’s (Scotland) Act 2014 places a duty upon local authorities and health boards to produce a children’s services plan and it also places duties on other services and the third sector to become involved in engagement and consultation about how the plan is delivered.

We want Moray to be the best place in Scotland to grow up in and it is our vision that Moray will be:

  • A place where children and young people thrive
  • A place where they have a voice, have opportunities, learn and can get around
  • A place where they have a home, feel secure, healthy and nurtured
  • A place where they are able to reach their full potential

In determining our priorities, a profile of Moray’s children was undertaken early in 2017 to allow us to learn more about young people in our area. We used this data, along with other sources of evidence, to agree priorities for the next three years.

These priorities are:

  • Ambitious and confident children – to improve the life chances of children, especially the most vulnerable, by supporting them and their families at the earliest stages
  • Healthier children – children get the healthiest start in life and are supported to achieve the best possible mental health and wellbeing and there is equity for vulnerable groups
  • Safer children – to protect children from the risk of harm, abuse and neglect and promote and support safer environments and communities

Partners have agreed an action plan which outlines the key actions and improvements for each of our three priority areas. Steps have also been taken to allow us to accurately measure improvements in performance over the three years of the plan to show how much of a difference our partnership working is making to the lives of children, young people and their families.

The Moray Chief Officers’ Group will provide strategic leadership, direction and oversight to all partnership working in Moray in relation to children’s services. This group is made up of the most senior officers in Moray from NHS Grampian, Police Scotland and Moray Council.

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 95,510 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

Headquartered in  Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.