Scottish Priorities

Getting It Right For Every Child (2008):

The Scottish Government’s aspiration for all children is that they are safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, responsible and included.

The Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) framework stresses the importance of early intervention and emotional wellbeing in order to ensure children and young people reach their full potential. It supports the delivery of appropriate, proportionate and timely help to all children and young people as they need it.

GIRFEC graphic

These ambitions will be realized through supporting all children and young people to become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.

As a strengths based, early intervention and prevention programme, Seasons for Growth has an important part to play in supporting the delivery of these outcomes. The programme follows the principles of a least intrusive, most inclusive approach and takes full account of the voices of children and young people. Research and evaluation over 15 years has demonstrated the positive impact of the programme.

Curriculum for Excellence:

Research shows us that Seasons for Growth outcomes are consistent with the Experiences and Outcomes for Mental and Emotional Wellbeing as part of the Curriculum for Excellence, (Newell, S. & Moss, A. Supporting Children Through Change, Loss and Grief: An Evaluation of the Seasons for Growth Program). These are seen as crucial in underpinning successful achievement and attainment for children and young people.

Health and Wellbeing: Experiences and Outcomes:

Learning in health and wellbeing ensures that children and young people develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future.

Curriculum for Excellence: Mental and Emotional Wellbeing Seasons for Growth
I am aware and able to express my feelings and am developing the ability to talk about them.
I know that we all experience a variety of thoughts and emotions that affect how we feel and behave and I am learning ways of managing them.
I understand that there are people I can talk to and that there are a number of ways in which I can gain access to practical and emotional support to help me and others in a range of circumstances.
I understand that my feelings and reactions can change depending upon what is happening within and around me. This helps me to understand my own behaviour and the way others behave.
I know that friendship, caring, sharing, fairness, equality and love are important in building positive relationships. As I develop and value relationships, I care and show respect for myself and others.
I understand the importance of mental wellbeing and that this can be fostered and strengthened through personal coping skills and positive relationships. I know that it is not always possible to enjoy good mental health and that if this happens there is support available.
I am learning skills and strategies which will support me in challenging times, particularly in relation to change and loss.
I understand that people can feel alone and can be misunderstood and left out by others. I am learning how to give appropriate support.

Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009:
Seasons for Growth has a significant contribution to make in educating children and young people with additional needs about the effects of loss and change. It gives them the skills and confidence to safely process their experiences, helping them to become more confident and resilient in their response to future change and challenge.
Seasons for Growth peer support groups are now regularly facilitated in schools and community settings across Scotland making the programme readily accessible and acceptable to a wide range of children and young people. The increasing availability of the programme to parents and carers encourages supportive family interaction through opening up communication around sensitive emotional issues and promoting family stability.

Recent developments using Seasons for Growth to support looked after and accommodated young people and those whose first language is not English have widened the programme’s availability to more vulnerable children and young people and their carers.

Principles for effective action: Promoting children and young people’s social and emotional wellbeing in education establishments (Secondary School) 2011

A self-assessment tool for strategic partners delivering health and wellbeing within Curriculum for Excellence See page 19 on document or 20 in PDF view Web link:

Primary School: See page 17 on document or 18 in PDF viewer Web link:

Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006

Seasons promotes involvement of parents and carers as active partners in promoting their children’s social and emotional wellbeing. Particular attention is needed in thinking how to engage those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Seasons has been particularly effective in assisting young carers of parents with drug and alcohol problems.