New children and young people strategy for Moray

A strategy aimed at bringing together all services for children and young people in Moray under a single plan has been launched.

Months of planning and consultation has brought the Moray Children and Young Services Plan into being with the Moray Autism Strategy launched this week.

A partnership was first establish in June last year when the first meeting was held involving representatives from Moray Council, NHS Grampian, Police Scotland and tsiMoray.

The first priority for the Moray Children and Young Services Partnership was to create a document that pulled together all services into a single plan of action that will show how all interests will connect in order to deliver services for young people and their families.

That plan describes the partnership’s vision and ambition for all children and young people in Moray. It sets out the national context for children’s services, considers how previous plans have been implemented and describes the groups that will contribute to the delivery of the plan.

The Moray Autism Plan comes on the back of the national autism strategy launched by the Scottish Government in 2011, while the Moray strategy explains what people with autism and their families have said is needed to support them in the future, no matter how young or old they are or how able.

It also describes what services and support the local authority, NHS and their partners plan to be available and how they aim to achieve them.

To mark the launch of the plan awards have been presented to 10 people with autism who entered a competition ‘Autism and Me’, the artwork and writing they produced having formed part of the strategy.

Chair of the Partnership, Councillor Anne Skene, said: “These are key documents in relation to the future development and delivery of important services for Moray.

“They are also further evidence of the increasingly integrated nature of the services provided and the willingness to work together across Moray to meet the needs of our communities.”

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