“At Banchory Academy, we aim to promote positive mental health for our staff and students. We pursue this aim using universal, whole school approaches as well as specialised, targeted approaches and interventions.”

Banchory Academy Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy

“Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

World Health Organization

What is GIRFEC?

Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) is a national approach to help improve outcomes and support wellbeing of our children and young people by offering the right help at the right time from the right people.

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 is about improving the wellbeing of children and young people in Scotland. The Act is wide ranging and includes key parts of the GIRFEC approach. It aims to support children, young people and parent(s)/families to work in partnership to address wellbeing needs. It is not new: services across Aberdeenshire have been working in partnership for many years.

More information can be found on Aberdenshire’s GIRFEC



Safeguarding At Banchory Academy ~ Click to open and find out more

“All organisations that work with or come into contact with children should have safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure that every child, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, has a right to equal protection from harm.

Setting up and following good safeguarding policies and procedures means children are safe from adults and other children who might pose a risk. This includes voluntary and community organisations, faith groups, private sector providers, as well as schools, hospitals and sports clubs.”


What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.


Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

Follow this link for the Banchory Academy Child Protection Policy

For more information or to report a concern, please follow this link to the Aberdeenshire Child Protection website