GIRFEC principles and values

GIRFEC, as a strengths-based approach, seeks to realise children’s rights on a day to day basis and is therefore underpinned by key values and principles. The following refreshed values and principles were developed together with stakeholders including children and young people from across Scotland: 

  • placing the child or young person and their family at the heart, and promoting choice, with full participation in decisions that affect them
  • working together with families to enable a rights respecting, strengths based, inclusive approach
  • understanding wellbeing as being about all areas of life including family, community and society
  • valuing difference and ensuring everyone is treated fairly
  • considering and addressing inequalities
  • providing support for children, young people and families when they need it, until things get better, to help them to reach their full potential
  • everyone working together in local areas and across Scotland to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families

Based on these principles, GIRFEC is about enhancing the wellbeing of all children and young people as well as building a flexible scaffold of support: where it is needed, for as long as it is needed. This is delivered through the core components of: 

  • a named person who is a clear point of contact for children, young people and families to go to for support and advice. A named person can also connect families to a wider network of support and services so that they get the right help, at the right time, from the right people; 
  • a shared and holistic understanding of wellbeing and a single model of how this can be considered and supported; and,  
  • a single, shared and rights-based approach to planning for children and young people’s wellbeing where support across services is needed, co-ordinated by a lead professional. 

Further information can be found in Getting it right for every child – policy statement

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