Vulnerable Families Pathway Project

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland have been leading the development of the Vulnerable Families Pathway Framework which aims to ensure that vulnerable children (from conception to age 3) and families in all parts of Scotland receive equity of support that is proportionate, effective and timely.


The objectives are to:

• Develop a multiprofessional and multi-agency framework for pregnancy and early years to implement or enhance local pathways of support for children and families with additional needs.

• Support the delivery of GIRFEC as the common approach to ongoing seamless assessment and care planning from pregnancy through the early years within a multiprofessional and multi-agency context.

• Develop guidance to support a consistent approach to meeting the needs of children and families.


What the framework does:

The framework draws together the available evidence and gives clarity of application.


The framework ( draft-framework1) is now out for consultation. The consultation period is from Monday 8th March 2010 – Friday 11th June 2010. Please take the time to read and consider this framework and send your comments, as an individual or a group of professionals. Comments can be sent using the feedback template to or via an on-line survey which can be found on our project website


In East Lothian, if you would like a hard copy of the draft framework please contact Pauline McLaren, , 01620 829947

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