Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) Practice Guidance 3 – The role of the lead professional

This guidance on the role of the lead professional aims to clarify who would be the appropriate practitioner to fulfil this role and the responsibilities in the management of a child’s plan.

2. Overview of key changes

The refreshed role of the lead professional contains a number of key changes throughout the document:

  • The guidance is non-legislative and policy-based;
  • Clarity is provided regarding function and flexibility of the role;
  • Further clarity regarding who can be a lead professional for the child, young person and family;
  • There is an increased emphasis on the voice of the child or young person, including enabling full participation within decision-making; and
  • Greater clarity regarding a lead professional’s responsibilities in regard to the child’s plan.



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