Getting it Right for every child calls for all workers who come into contact with children and their families in the normal course of their work, eg Health, Education, Social Work, Police, Housing, community and voluntary Groups etc to work towards supporting children and young people grow, develop and reach their full potential.
Every child and young person in North Ayrshire is on a journey through life: experiencing rapid development and change as they make the transition from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood.
As they progress, some may have temporary difficulties, some may live with challenges that distract them on their journey and some may experience more complex issues. No matter where they live or whatever their needs, children and families should know where they can find help, what support might be available and whether that help is right for them.
We all want our children and young people to be fully supported as they grow and develop to be:
Healthy...experiencing the highest standards of physical and mental health, and supported to make healthy safe choices
Achieving...receiving support and guidance in their learning - boosting their skills, confidence and self-esteem
Nurtured...having a nurturing and stimulating place to live and grow
Active...offered opportunities to take part in a wide range of activities - helping them to build a fulfilling and happy future
Respected...to be given a voice and involved in the decisions that affect their well being
Responsible...taking an active role within their schools and communities
Included...receiving help and guidance to overcome social, educational, physical and economic inequalities; accepted as full members of the communities in which they live and learn
And above all, to be
Safe...protected from abuse, neglect or harm.
In North Ayrshire a team has been set up to work with all Schools, Health professionals, Social Workers, Housing, Police, Education psychology, Voluntary sector etc to make sure that the support children receive is coordinated when needed, and that it is the right support, at the right time, provided by the right person.
We want our children and young people to be successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens. Getting it right for every child - giving all children and young people the best start in life.