During this time staff will work hard to ensure that new pupils feel safe and welcomed, and will be encouraged with self-care skills and to join in activities to allow them to get to know their new peer group.  If appropriate, we will allocate a buddy from the existing group of young people to help the young person to adjust to their new surroundings.

During the settling in period our staff will work together to undertake a further assessment of the young person’s needs, building on the information gathered during the transition period.  Care staff base their assessment on the GIRFEC ‘My World Triangle’ assessment framework, liaising with other professionals and the wider family to highlight strengths/interests, any pressures and concerns and support needs.  In addition, our Clinical Psychologist who works here two days a week, will also complete a full assessment, liaising with relevant health and other professionals as well as with the parents/carers.  A care plan will be developed based on the GIRFEC outcomes highlighting actions to be taken by Balnacraig staff to support the young person’s identified needs.

Our Education staff also undertake a baseline assessment of each young person’s additional support for learning needs, taking into account any previous assessments completed such as the Boxall Profile, strengths and difficulties questionnaire, basic literacy and numeracy assessments, CAT (Cognitive Ability Tests) and so on. Based on this and taking into account previous assessments and education support plans, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be prepared indicating long and short term literacy, numeracy and health & wellbeing targets, linked to the care plan targets.  If the assessment of needs indicates the need for a Coordinated Support Plan (CSP), school staff will work with the young person’s own Local Authority to develop this in accordance with their ASL requirements.