Getting It Right For Every Child Conference 2014


  • Aug 29 2014 Abstracts deadline
  • Nov 4 2014 Main event

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 – Preparing to make a difference

We are delighted to announce the date has been set for our annual collaborative GIRFEC conference for Tuesday 4th November 2014 in the Stirling Management Centre, University of Stirling.

The focus of this year’s conference is the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. Perhaps the most significant piece of child welfare legislation since the Children (Scotland) Act 1995, this new legislation has significant implications for the delivery of services for children and young people. The conference will explore three key elements of the Act

  • The role of the named person
  • The child’s plan
  • Information sharing

The conference is directed at practitioners and managers who are currently working within the Getting It Right framework and responding to the requirements of the new legislation. The programme will include presentations from key academics, practitioners and service users, showcasing innovative practice developments and exploring the implications of the Act. A range of presentation styles will provide excellent opportunities for learning, reflection and discussion. Feedback from the conference plenary will inform a strategic managers’ GIRFEC conference in 2015 so this is a unique opportunity to inform the development of services

Please note - the conference is now fully subscribed.

Call for Abstracts: Wellbeing-themed Posters/Storyboards

We aim to learn from best practice and there is an opportunity at GIRFEC 2014 for individuals, teams and organisations to highlight innovation and creativity in services for children and young people through poster presentations. We are inviting the submission of abstracts for posters and story-boards related to wellbeing from academic disciplines and from practitioners working with children and young people.

  • Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and should be accompanied by a short biographical note proving details of the role, setting and background of contributor(s).
  • Participants will be provided with a word/ppt format in which to insert their text and photographs.
  • Successful applicants will have their poster submission printed and laminated for display at the conference free of charge.

We particularly welcome contributions from practitioners working directly with children and young people, postgraduate students and early-career researchers.

Please submit abstracts for posters or story boards, complete with a short biographical note, to by 29th August 2014. Please include the words "GIRFEC conference submission" in the subject of your email.

Successful applicants will be will be informed by mid-June and will be eligible to apply for a reduced cost place at the conference.  


08.45 – 9.30 Registration/coffee  
9.30 – 9.40 Introduction Welcome Duncan Helm (Chair) – Senior Lecturer, University of Stirling Professor Jayne Donaldson - Head of School of Health Sciences, University of Stirling
09.40 – 10.00 Key note Presentation
How football can contribute to wellbeing in girls and young women
Anna Signueil – Coach Scottish National Women’s Football Team
10.00 – 10.30  'The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014: an overview of GIRFEC provisions'. Lynn Townsend – Implementation Lead, Scottish Government GIRFEC Team
10.30 – 11.30 An examination of the Named Person Role in Practice Gillian Pincock – District Manager), Lochalsh Healthcare Centre Sandra Harrington - Midwifery Development Officer, Highland Council Fiona Robertson – Panbride Centre, Angus Council
11.30 – 12.00 Coffee  
12.00 – 13.00 Perspectives on the Child’s Plan Service users and lead professional tell us about their experiences of Child's Plans
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch  
14.00 – 15.15 Information Sharing Ross Drummond – Child Protection Inter Agency Co-ordinator, Perth & Kinross Council Maureen Falconer – Senior Policy Officer, Scottish Government
15.15 – 16.00 Plenary Session  
16.00 Close  


Find out more about GIRFEC 2013, Developing Practice: Enhancing Assessment and Improving Outcomes for Children and Young People.

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