How Aberdeenshire will get it right for every child – a consultation

Aberdeenshire’s children and young people are being asked to enter their artwork of what makes the area the best place in Scotland in which to live.

The competition is taking place as part of a public consultation on how best they can be supported as they grow up in the area.

Aberdeenshire’s Children’s Services Plan (2017-2020) will be the area’s first joint plan under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. It reflects how Aberdeenshire Council, NHS Grampian, Police Scotland, partner providers and third sector organisations work in a joined-up way to support children, young people and their families.

A public consultation on the draft plan is now open and will run until Sunday, March 12 with respondents being asked to take part in a short online survey which can be found by visiting

Feedback from frontline workers, children, young people and their families has helped identify five key priorities for Aberdeenshire partners over the next three years:

  • Early years
  • Children with a disability
  • Children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing
  • Substance misuse
  • Corporate parenting (responsibilities towards looked after and care-experienced children and young people)

Respondents to the consultation are asked if they believe the plan reflects these key priorities as well as if it shows how partners work in a joined-up way to deliver the right support at the right time.

The winning design, which will appear on the front page of the final plan, will be chosen by the chair of the Aberdeenshire GIRFEC Strategic Group, Maria Walker. Runners-up will have their artwork included within the plan.

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Entries should be submitted no later than March 11 2017 via the child’s primary or secondary school or sent to

Fiona Jackson
Education & Children’s Services
Woodhill House
AB16 5GB

Entrants’ name, age, and school should be written on the back of the artwork, which unfortunately cannot be returned.

Chair of the Aberdeenshire GIRFEC Strategic Group, Maria Walker, said

GIRFEC is a Scotland-wide approach which makes sure that the country’s children, young people and families have consistent, co-ordinated support when they need it.

Making sure we get it right for every child in Aberdeenshire is at the heart of our aim to improve the lives and wellbeing of young people, so they can be safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included.

We want the design of the final plan to come from Aberdeenshire’s young people so I hope lots of children take part in our artwork competition.

Entries should show how living in Aberdeenshire helps boost a child or young person’s wellbeing – whether that’s the beautiful landscape, being healthy and active, their local school, spending time with their families or the people who help them.

To take part in the consultation visit the survey at before Sunday 12 March.

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