Edinburgh's 'Getting it Right' for children

A major new report has praised services for children in Edinburgh.

The joint inspection report for ‘Services for Children and Young People in the City of Edinburgh’ was carried out by the Care Inspectorate.

Their pilot report, the first one to be carried out under new inspection rules, was published today (Monday 29 April) and highlights the many positive areas of work being carried out by the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Police Scotland and voluntary organisations in the Capital.

Inspectors spent three months with a range of agencies and talking to children, young people and families. They found:

“The vision for children, young people and families is generating strong commitment to partnership working, improving lives, and tackling inequalities. Strong leadership and direction for the Getting it Right approach is underpinning successful joint working and integrated services....

“...encouraging trends are being achieved in the outcomes for all children and young people and in reducing outcome gaps for those whose life chances are at risk. Considerable improvements have been made in the quality of services to protect children.”

Particular strengths that are making a difference include: the high motivation and strong commitment of staff to improving the life chances of vulnerable children, young people and families; the actions taken to keep children and young people at risk of abuse and harm safe and the wide range of measures consulting and seeking the views of children and young people. Also highlighted were the strong culture and positive partnership working at all levels and the visionary leadership and direction of the Edinburgh Children’s Partnership and commitment to prevention and early intervention.

The report highlights three particular examples of good practice:

    * Family Nurse Partnership involves specially trained family nurses offering all young parents under the age of 20 very high levels of support from early pregnancy right up until their babies are two-years-old.
    * The Healthy Weight Initiative has a wide range of staff in health, education, community, leisure and youth work trained to help children, young people and families adopt healthy lifestyles.
    * Growing Confidence is a programme in nurseries and schools to build self-esteem and confidence.  It encourages children and young people to manage things that might be getting in the way of their learning. It also helps many parents and carers to get more involved in supporting their child’s education and overall well-being.

Councillor Paul Godzik, Education, Children and Families Convener, said: “This is the first time all the organisations involved in delivering these services have been assessed under the new system and it’s very encouraging that the report highlights the positive work being carried out.

“It’s important that all of us who work with children, young people and families continue to engage well with them and improve on what has been achieved so far.

“We all realise that there is still more to be done but the high level of partnership work and co-operation in Edinburgh means we appear to be Getting it Right for those who need our services.”

Chief Superintendent Mark Williams, Divisional Commander for the City of Edinburgh, said: “We welcome the publication of the Care Inspectorate report, which highlights the successful joint working between partner agencies in Edinburgh in providing services for children, young people, and their families.  

“Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe, and we are pleased the Care Inspectorate has recognised the work that has been undertaken through the Edinburgh Children’s Partnership to enhance the level of protection offered to vulnerable children and young people in the Capital.  

“Nonetheless, we acknowledge the need for us to continue to build on what has already being achieved, and we will continue to work closely with partners in City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian to improve our approach to keeping people safe.”

Sally Egan, Associate Director and Child Health Commissioner, NHS Lothian, said: “We welcome this report which contains many positives about the work being carried out by NHS Lothian, including our Family Nurse Partnership and Healthy Weight Initiatives, along with the work of our partner agencies for Lothian’s children and young people.

“We will now endeavour to make improvements which were outlined in the report and maintain the strengths already identified.

“We look forward to continue working in partnership with the Care Inspectorate team, our colleagues at the City of Edinburgh Council and other partners to provide integrated services that improve the lives of our children and young people.”

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