Children are our Future
Helping make Aberdeen a place where all children and young people will prosper
The Integrated Children’s Services (ICS) Partnership represents all the key agencies that deliver services for children and young people in Aberdeen City. Its purpose is to ensure the effective delivery of services for children and young people at all stages of their development and growth. Our lead Partners include: Aberdeen City Council, Police Scotland, NHS Grampian and the Third (Voluntary) Sector. We are also supported by numerous other local and national partner organisations. We are committed to working collaboratively to improve services and outcomes for children, young people and their families in Aberdeen.
Aberdeen City’s Children’s Services Plan 2017-2020 sets out our vision and priorities for children and young people’s services over the next three years. It outlines how the services working across the Local Authority’s catchment will come together to share resources and services over the next three years to improve outcomes for our children and young people. It also forms the basis of our first three-year cycle of work to achieve the ten-year vision laid out in our Community Planning Aberdeen Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP) 2016-2026, under the Prosperous People: Children are Our Future thematic priority. The LOIP is a detailed outline of how the Community Planning Partnership will make Aberdeen a place where all people can prosper.
Getting It Right for Every Child, which is the Scottish Government’s approach to help all children and young people grow, develop and reach their full potential, provides us all with a common approach to work together to deliver better outcomes for children and to measure success.
The Integrated Children’s Services Board will oversee the delivery of the Children’s Services Plan 2017-2020 and the delivery of key processes to support multi-agency working.
Our 10 Year Vision
Our ambition is to support every child, irrespective of their circumstances, to grow, develop, and to reach their full potential. We want Aberdeen to be a city where there is equality of outcomes and opportunities for all our children. Our priorities reflect the importance we place on supporting equity of access to education and on supporting families to provide the best care they can for their children. Our priorities also reflect the importance we place on investing in the health, including the mental health and wellbeing, of our children and young people.
Investment in children is increasingly seen as one of the most valuable long-term investments we can make. Investing shared resources towards services with a focus on prevention and early intervention methods to ensure that children’s needs are met at the earliest opportunity is central to tackling inequality and improving life chances. Children growing up in families or communities whose circumstances may be described as deprived are often more likely to have poorer outcomes compared to their more affluent peers. Research shows that as a consequence those children and young people who live in these circumstances are less likely to achieve academically; meet developmental milestones; and more are likely to experience poor health in the short and long term.
Throughout our strategic and multi-agency approaches, we will work to ensure the seamless delivery of children’s services at all stages of child development and growth. The foundation of an individual’s health and wellbeing is laid in early childhood, with the period from conception to 2 years of age being of critical importance in a child’s development. Positive development during pregnancy and in the critical months post-birth is essential for ensuring the best possible start in life. By supporting parents at pre and postnatal stages, reducing unintended teenage pregnancies and maternal smoking, and increasing breastfeeding rates, we aim to ensure that children have the best opportunity to reach their developmental milestones.
Aberdeen City offers rich opportunities for all children and young people to achieve and become responsible, confident and contributing adults. Through the implementation of future-focused engagement and participation strategies, we will continue to ensure that children and young people live as respected and included citizens in their city.
In delivering this priority, we will focus our energy and efforts on working together to achieve the following core priorities. These are the principal driving factors that our Integrated Children’s Services Partnership believes need to be addressed to be successful in ensuring children are the future.
- Children have the best start in life – children in Aberdeen City are healthy, happy and safe, and enjoy the best possible childhood
- Children are safe and responsible – children and young people can become responsible citizens and safe from all forms of harm and
- Children are respected, included and achieving – children and young people are listened to, respected, valued and involved in the decision-making process and supported to achieve.