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Children and Families team

The Children and Families team supports Scottish Government Ministers in trying to make Scotland the best place for children and young people to grow up in.

To make this happen we work with other SG teams and agencies, organisations that plan and deliver social care services for children, young people and their families e.g. local government, NHS Scotland, police, voluntary and private sectors, organisations that advocate for and promote the rights of children and young people, e.g the Children's Commissioner and children, young people and families themselves.

Our work is centred on providing the right environment to allow everyone who looks after, plans and provides services for children and young people and families themselves to work together to identify - as early as possible - what a child or young person needs to grow up as safe, healthy, active, nurtured, achieving, respected, responsible and included as they can be and to provide the necessary support to the child or young person when they need it.

This encompasses the range of universal services such as nursery provision, and more targeted services - for example relating to child protection.

The Getting it Right for Every Child approach provides the necessary model to make this happen. It applies to all children and young people: from maternal health and the earliest years to those entering adulthood, and from those with disabilities and those who require protection to those who are looked after and accommodated or have offended.

Underpinning all of this is the need for a skilled, appropriately qualified social care workforce. We work with SSSC and other organisations to make this a reality.