Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC)

Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC)

Getting it right for every childGIRFEC is the national approach to improving outcomes through public services that support the wellbeing of children and young people. Based on children’s and young people’s rights, it supports children, young people and their parents to work in partnership with the services that can help them.

Latest updates

ChildrenFinal draft guidance for Children and Young People Act published

Final draft guidance to help local authorities and children’s services support children and families in a consistent way has been published today.
Final Draft Statutory Guidance for Parts 4, 5 and 18 (sec 96) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

What does GIRFEC mean for me?

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    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

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

  • 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 Getting it right approach

On video

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Michael Urquhart talks about children’s wellbeing and supporting families

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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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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