We aim to achieve this vision through campaigning to improve services for this group, helping them to achieve their full potential.
Vulnerable children and young people, such as those with additional support needs (ASN), experience poorer life chances. This includes those with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), learning difficulties, learning disabilities, mental health problems, or are looked after. This group as a whole experience lower levels of educational attainment and higher levels of unemployment.
It is essential that these children and young people have access to high quality, well-resourced and quickly accessible services, tailored to their individual needs, Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC).
These services range from those provided by local authorities to support those with ASN, to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) delivered by the NHS.
Such an approach will assist in giving these children and young people the best possible start in life, support the closing of the educational attainment gap and the creation of a more equal society.
In the delivery of vital services there are no shortcuts.
We are campaigning for improved services for these children and young people, based on five key principles.
In addition, we aim for the services provided to be tailored to the individual needs of the child or young person, be this by the public sector and/or independent and third sector providers. This is so that they receive the most appropriate care and support, delivering positive outcomes – both educational and social – with the considerable cost saving this can bring.
Our campaigns see us seeking to influence political and other key stakeholders, such as the Scottish Government, local authorities and the NHS, to achieve this positive change.
Current campaigns are focused on delivering:
Services provided must be tailored to the individual needs of children and young people.