Getting It Right For Every Child principles and values

The Getting it Right approach establishes the principle of giving all children and young people the best possible start in life as a priority for all services. It sets out the approach for all services to assess and understand how best to meet individual needs. Getting It Right For Every Child builds from the universal services of health and education and sets out a national programme of transformational change to ensure that each child is: safe, healthy, active, nurtured, achieving, respected, responsible and included.

For all professions, there are legal powers and duties, professional protocols, quality standards and a range of professional guidance. Getting It Right For Every Child is relevant to a wide range of professionals and there are some underpinning principles within the approach that have broad application across relevant agencies.

Principles inform or influence choices and action across a wide range of roles and contexts. Successful evolution in culture, systems and practices across diverse agencies may depend partly upon on a shared philosophy and value base.

Principles and Values

  • Promoting the wellbeing of individual children and young people: this is based on understanding how children and young people develop in their families and communities and addressing their needs at the earliest possible time
  • Keeping children and young people safe: emotional and physical safety is fundamental and is wider than child protection
  • Putting the child at the centre: children and young people should have their views listened to and they should be involved in decisions that affect them
  • Taking a whole child approach: recognising that what is going on in one part of a child or young person's life can affect many other areas of his or her life
  • Building on strengths and promoting resilience: using a child or young person's existing networks and support where possible
  • Promoting opportunities and valuing diversity: children and young people should feel valued in all circumstances and practitioners should create opportunities to celebrate diversity 
  • Providing additional help that is appropriate, proportionate and timely: providing help as early as possible and considering short and long term needs
  • Supporting informed choice: supporting children, young people and families in understanding what help is possible and what their choices may be
  • Working in partnership with families: supporting, wherever possible, those who know the child or young person well, know what they need, what works well for them and what may not be helpful
  • Respecting confidentiality and sharing information: seeking agreement to share information that is relevant and proportionate while safeguarding children and young people's right to confidentiality
  • Promoting the same values across all working relationships: recognising respect, patience, honesty, reliability, resilience and integrity are qualities valued by children, young people, their families and colleagues
  • Making the most of bringing together each worker's expertise: respecting the contribution of others and cooperating with them, recognising that sharing responsibility does not mean acting beyond a worker's competence or responsibilities
  • Coordinating help: recognising that children, young people and their families need practitioners to work together, when appropriate, to provide the best possible help
  • Building a competent workforce to promote children and young people's wellbeing: committed to continuing individual learning and development and improvement of inter-professional practice.

Getting It Right For Every Child is based on research and best practice and designed to ensure all parents, carers and professionals work effectively together to give children and young people the best possible start and to improve their life opportunities. Getting this right, across health services for children and families, is central to the delivery of Getting It Right For Every Child  and the realisation of this ambition.

The Getting It Right For Every Child practice model is a tool to support the assessment of needs of children. It supports all agencies to assess need in a consistent way to improve the sharing of information and the ability to respond to a child’s needs in a single multi-agency context. Find information on using the Getting It Right For Every Child practice model tool and the beneifts it can provide.

As a national approach to meeting the needs of all children and young people, Getting It Right For Every Child is the vehicle to deliver the other key national action plans and frameworks in the early years, including:

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