Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) Practice Guidance 4 - Information sharing

This guidance aims to clarify the circumstances in which information can be shared with another agency, the considerations that need to be taken into account to ensure sharing information with another agency is appropriate, and the importance of involving children, young people and families.

16. Sharing Information for assessment and planning

Local authorities and health boards have specific legal duties to promote the health and welfare of people living in their local area. The GIRFEC approach provides a common framework which puts the child or young person at the heart and helps children, young people and families get the right support from the right people at the right time.

Within this approach, as part of the assessment and planning process, it is important to take an ecological, holistic approach to develop a full understanding of the child or young person’s world. Where there is a multi-agency plan for a child or young person, collaborative working together with the child, young person and their family in the child or young person’s best interests will involve information sharing to understand the strengths and achievements in relation to the child, young person and their family.

More detail on planning will be included in guidance specifically on planning for children.



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