Denny High School
In the Falkirk Council area we have adopted a locality approach to the co-ordination of services for children and young people. This approach is designed to facilitate delivery of the Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) principles, with the aim of improving outcomes for our children and young people.
Children’s services operate in each of 4 geographical localities across the Falkirk Council area as follows:
Each locality has a Co-ordinator who chairs a Multi-Agency Group of professionals. The Denny / Larbert Locality Co-ordinator is Marion Gillooly. Marion is based in Denny High School, and is supported by Clerical Assistant, Carol Johnston. Marion and Carol can be contacted on 01324 827444.
If a parent / carer, family member, teacher, or other professional has concerns for a child / young person’s wellbeing they may contact the Locality Co-ordinator to ask for support. The Co-ordinator will gather and share information to help identify the child’s needs (please see section on information sharing).
The Locality Co-ordinator chairs the MAG meeting. This is the meeting where professionals will consider all the information available and decide whether there is a local service available to provide support. Sometimes more than one service may be involved. Multi-Agency Groups(MAGs) meet fortnightly in each locality to discuss concerns for children / young people living or attending school in that locality.
Children/young people/parents may require additional help at different times in their life, e.g., following a bereavement, illness, transition, when experiencing anxiety, or during or after changes in family circumstances. These stresses sometimes become apparent due to changes in the child / young person’s appearance or behaviour.
Information shared will include:
Children over the age of 12 can normally give consent themselves
Some children over 12 might not fully understand what consent means, so we will seek consent from the person with legal authority to act on the child’s behalf. This could be a parent, guardian or other person with parental rights
Some children under 12 can understand what consent means, and in those cases we will ask them directly. In most cases, however, consent will also be sought from the person with legal authority to act on the child’s behalf.