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Questions and answers on the GIRFEC provisions in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

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A Guide to Getting it right for every child

The content in this section is available in our practice guide.


The wellbeing of children and young people is at the heart of Getting it right for every child. The approach uses eight areas to describe wellbeing in which children and young people need to progress in order to do well now and in the future. These eight areas are set in the context of the ‘four capacities’, which are at the heart of the Curriculum for Excellence.

The four capacities aim to enable every child and young person to be a successful learner, a confident individual, a responsible citizen and an effective contributor.

The eight indicators of wellbeing









Wellbeing wheel

 Wellbeing wheel

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These are the basic requirements for all children and young people to grow and develop and reach their full potential. They are shown in the diagram (right) which we call the Wellbeing wheel.

The Wellbeing Indicators are used to record observations, events and concerns and as an aid in putting together a child’s plan - if one is needed. The My World Triangle and the Resilience Matrix are used to gather, structure and help with assessing and analysing information.

Children and young people will progress differently, depending on their circumstances but every child and young person has the right to expect appropriate support from adults to allow them to develop as fully as possible across each of the wellbeing Indicators.

All agencies working with or for children and young people must play their part in making sure that young people are healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible, included and, above all, safe.

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