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Guidance on partnership working between allied health professions and education

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Joint Ministerial Foreword

The Scottish Government wants all of Scotland's children to have the best start in life and to be ready to succeed. We are committed to ensuring that our young people are successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens. Achieving this vision requires strong and effective partnership working across agencies. The framework provided by Getting it right for every child supports working together to make things better for all children and young people.

We know that without extra help some children will not benefit fully from school education. That is why in Scotland, there is legislation in place which aims to ensure that all children receive the additional support they require to meet their individual needs.

That support does not only come from within the school. Along with parents, schools work with a range of agencies to support children. One of the partnerships working well to provide additional support is between allied health professions and education. In particular, schools have worked successfully with speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists over many years to make sure children and young people gain as much as possible from school education.

People working in partnerships will require strong support and leadership from local authorities and NHS Boards to develop further this way of working.

This guidance aims to build on the successful work which already takes place between allied health professions and education. It is the result of extensive discussions with parents, education staff and health staff across the whole of Scotland. It describes what you told us made partnership working more effective. We expect effective partnership working to help improve the life chances for children, young people and families at risk.

Curriculum for Excellence gives us a great opportunity to raise achievement levels for all our children and young people. This guidance will contribute by encouraging all partners to work together and ensure that all children and young people reach their highest level of achievement, confidence and wellbeing.

Photo of Adam Ingram MSP, Minister for Children and Early Years
Adam Ingram MSP,
Minister for Children and Early Years
Signature of Adam Ingram MSP, Minister for Children and Early Years

Photo of Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Public Health and Sport
Shona Robison MSP,
Minister for Public Health and Sport
Signature of Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Public Health and Sport