Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC)

Getting it right for every child

Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) is the national approach to improving the wellbeing of children and young people in Scotland.


CYPA - GIRFEC - Q&A cover thumbnailGIRFEC provisions in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.


Michael Urquhart talks about children’s wellbeing and supporting families

Alex Cole-Hamilton talks about the Named Person service

Getting it right for Ryan

Wellbeing for young Scots

Wellbeing for young Scots

Website by young people, for young people.


Getting it right for every childGIRFEC is a consistent way for people to work with all children and young people and the bedrock for all children’s services and professionals in adult services who work with parents or carers.

For children, young people and their families this means they:

  • understand what is happening and why
  • have been listened to carefully and their wishes have been heard and understood
  • will feel confident about the help they are getting
  • are appropriately involved in discussions and decisions that affect them
  • can rely on appropriate help being available as soon as possible
  • will have experienced a more streamlined and co-ordinated response from professionals.

Key parts of GIRFEC

  • Named Person

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

  • Lead Professional

    Co-ordinating help for a child when two or more agencies are involved

  • Publications

    Guidance, reports and updates on the Getting it right approach


Focus on the Named Person

Harry Burns

Aileen Campbell“This Government’s vision for children and young people is clear: We want Scotland to be the best place in the world for them to grow up. A place where rights are respected and where children can access all the opportunities and support they need, when they need it.

 “We all have a role to play in making this happen – as families, as communities, as a society. We want to ensure that services are designed and available to children and families to give them the support they need in the right way, at the right time.”

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People