Online Safety Live


The UK Safer Internet Centre are delivering a FREE 2 hour Online Safety update on

Friday 11th October 2019, 09:30 – 12:00

Bringing the latest in Online Safety to your doorstep.

Open to all who work with children and young people, this event will give you the latest in research, legislation, technology, tools and resources along with exclusive access to the presentation and resource materials.

Also available, straight after this session – an exclusive 30min introduction to SELMA – our project tackling the problem of online hate speech by promoting mutual awareness, tolerance, and respect. We’re excited to say that we have just launched a free and extensive new resource which we want to share with you.

The extra session is not mandatory; you will be given the choice as to whether you want to stay on the day. If you are interested in hacking hate, reducing online hate speech, and improving emotional literacy for your students, this is a must-see project. We hope you can join us.

To register to attend, see the EventBrite page below:

Online Safety Live Event 11/10/2019



I am writing to inform you that the FV Child’s Plan Development Group has now had its final meeting and has been disbanded.

However, I thought it might be helpful to outline updates which have been added to the practitioner pages as Version 3.1.

• Staff are reminded that the forms have accompanying separate guidance as well as mouse-overs throughout. This is to ensure that staff are clear about what information is to be included in each part of the forms. Please ensure that you read the updated guidance and use the mouse-overs. Copies of this can be found on Falkirk’s practitioner pages

• Staff are reminded that there is a separate toolkit which contains more detailed information and more specialist assessments. This too is held on Falkirk’s practitioner pages.

Please note the Clackmannanshire tool for use in relation to substance misusing parents is for any staff to use. The addition of a FV tool is only for the use of substance misuse service. Information from this specialist service/tool will then be provided to the appropriate lead professional to inform the Form 3 assessment.

• Please note there are now 4 leaflets on the practitioner pages which can be downloaded:-

  • Information Sharing for Parents and Carers
  • Information Sharing for Children/Young People
  • Named Person Service

• Poverty is currently a Scottish Government priority as well as a local priority across Forth Valley. This issue no longer only relates to families dependent on benefits, but also to families who are in work but not paid the national living wage. The issue of finance/benefits/low wages must be covered by front-line staff in Form 3, in the section on “My Wider World”.

• If you are a member of staff using the Outcomes Framework, your score can be added to the end column of the Child’s Action Plan. Please refer to the mouse-over in that column.

• School enrolment will remain a separate process to the Child’s Plan Framework and, consequently, this paperwork has been removed from the pack.

• Form 2b should now be used by all Services/Agencies for Child Protection referrals and replaces ALL CP1s. The Child’s Plan Framework forms should then be used appropriately for the on-going CP processes.

I hope this information is helpful.

Kathy McCarroll
Head of Social Work/Chief Social Work Officer, Falkirk Council

Common Core of Skills, Knowledge & Understanding and Values for the “Children’s Workforce” in Scotland


If, through your work, you help to improve the wellbeing of children, young people and families then the Common Core is valid for you and demonstrating its characteristics and values will make you better able to meet their needs.

The Scottish Government report –Common Core of Skills, Knowledge & Understanding and the Values for the Children’s Workforce in Scotland– draws on the views of children and young people about what they want from those who work with them. It also reflects the areas of agreement from respondents to a public consultation.

So no-one should be surprised by the content of the Common Core, but the question to ask is not whether you demonstrate the characteristics within the Common Core, but how well you do it.




We want every child and young person to have an enjoyable, fulfilling life in a nurturing, healthy and safe environment. We will encourage children and young people to work to their potential and make a positive contribution to society.

To make this possible all young people need to have different opportunities and experiences based around the Scottish Government’s vision and aims, to ensure we “Get it right for every child” (GIRFEC).


GIRFEC Values & Principles

Falkirk Council Website – GIRFEC Falkirk

Scottish Government – GIRFEC

Scottish Government Policy Update on Delivering GIRFEC Approach


Information Leaflets:


BSL format videos are available on the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland YouTube channel and aim to explain Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) and what it means for children and young people in Scotland.