The National Practice Model provides the foundation for identifying concerns, assessing needs and risks and making plans for children in all sectors.

It also provides a shared language and understanding for all practitioners.

The single system of planning for a child should be used in every case – one child, one plan. All agencies need to use the National Practice Model in a way that reflects their core responsibilities.

The National Practice Model

When assessment, planning and action are needed, practitioners can draw on the Getting it right for every child National Practice Model, which can be used in a single or multi-agency context, and:

  • provides a framework for practitioners and agencies to structure and analyse information consistently so as to understand a child or young person’s needs, the strengths and pressures on them, and consider what support they might need
  • defines needs and risks as two sides of the same coin. It promotes the participation of children, young people and their families in gathering information and making decisions as central to assessing, planning and taking action
  • provides a shared understanding of a child or young person’s needs by identifying concerns that may need to be addressed.

The National Practice Model is a dynamic and evolving process of assessment, analysis, action and review, and a way to identify outcomes and solutions for individual children or young people. It allows practitioners to meet the Getting it right for every child core values and principles by being appropriate, proportionate and timely.

Reference for above A Guide to Getting it Right for every Child (2012)

Roles – Named Person and Lead Professional

The Scottish Government have defined two roles – The ‘Named Person’ and the ‘Lead Professional.

Named Person

North Ayrshire has implemented the roles and responsibilities of a Named Person within our practice and processes. It has been agreed from Birth till the child goes to school (Primary 1) it would be the child’s Health visitor, or if the Child’s mother is a teenager it will be a Family Nurse.

When the child starts school, the Named Person will be a teacher in a promoted post. So in Primary school this is likely to be a Head Teacher and in Secondary school it will probably be a Depute, Guidance or Principle Teacher.

Even if a child or young person is not going to school they will still have a Named Person up till they are 18 years of age.

Lead Professional

There are some circumstances where children’s needs involve two or more agencies working together delivering support to the child and family. Where this happens, in all cases, a Lead Professional will be needed.

This Lead Professional would co-ordinate support and would lead on putting together a Child’s Plan.

For further information on these two roles please download the specific guidance.

Children are one third of our population and all of our future.