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Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC)

Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC)

GIRFEC is the national approach in Scotland to improving outcomes and supporting the wellbeing of our children and young people by offering the right help at the right time from the right people.  It supports them and their parent(s) to work in partnership with the services that can help them.

Named Person Supreme Court Decision

Following a legal challenge to the policy , the UK Supreme Court’s judgment:
• Ruled that the principle of providing a named person for every child does not breach human rights and is compatible with EU law
• Rejected the petitioners’ argument that the legislation relates to reserved matters
• Ruled that changes are required to the information-sharing provisions of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act to make those provisions compatible with Article 8 of the ECHR.

The Scottish Government remains committed to the named person policy, developed over several years in consultation with a wide range of individuals and organisations working across Scotland to support children and families. We will work closely with local authorities, health boards and other key public service partners to ensure that those performing the role have the support and guidance they need ahead of implementation.

Read the Scottish Government press release

Read the Supreme Court judgment

Practitioner Information Pack to support communication with the public

GIRFECA set of leaflets explaining more about the GIRFEC approach, how we understand wellbeing, the Named Person and Child's Plan. Also information posters on GIRFEC and the Wellbeing Wheel.
Read more about the Practitioner Information Pack

What does GIRFEC mean for me?

Find out more


    National approach to improving the wellbeing of children and young people in Scotland

  • Wellbeing

    The wellbeing of children and young people is at the heart of GIRFEC

  • Named Person

    One point of contact that children and families can go to for advice or support if they need it

  • Child's Plan

    Single planning process for all services to build solutions with and around children and their families

  • Lead Professional

    Lead professional is the person who ensures that the Child’s Plan is managed effectively and that parents and children are actively involved in the planning process

  • Information sharing

    Relevant information to ensure access to the right help at the right time

  • Our partners

    A wide range of organisations support the GIRFEC approach

  • Resources

    Practical tools and examples of 'Getting it right' for children and families

  • Publications

    Guidance, reports and updates on the GIRFEC approach

Guidance and legislation

On video

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Alex Cole-Hamilton talks about the Named Person service

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Getting it right for Ryan

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