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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.

DFM Parliamentary statement on 8 September 2016

A three month period of engagement on the named person service will begin immediately, Deputy First Minister John Swinney confirmed in Parliament today.

The Scottish Government will gather input from practitioners undertaking the named person role, parents, charities, young people, those who support the policy and those with concerns. The Children’s Commissioner and the Information Commissioner will also be involved in discussions.
Mr Swinney said:

“As a Parliament we have made significant progress on the GIRFEC agenda. That progress has been enabled and facilitated by cross-party consensus on what is important and how improvements to the life chances of Scotland’s children and young people can be achieved.

“For the avoidance of any doubt, this Government remains absolutely committed to the named person service. The Supreme Court judgment does not dilute our commitment but it has required us to revise part of the legislation to ensure that it is compatible with the ECHR.

“I am keen to commence the provisions of this Act as early as possible. However I am also keen to pursue an inclusive approach – one that takes this Parliament, stakeholders and the wider public with it."

Read the Scottish Government Press release

Read the full statement from the Deputy First Minister

Read the Policy update on delivering the 'Getting it right for every child' approach

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.

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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