Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) Policy Statement - Easy Read

This policy statement provides an overview of the policy and legislative context for GIRFEC. The document gives an outline of the core components of the policy, including refreshed values and principles, and ambitions for how we can do more in practice.


The Scottish Government want to make Scotland the best place to grow up. Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) encourages everyone to work together to help children and young people.

Through GIRFEC, children and young people should grow up loved, safe and respected so they reach their full potential. We want all children and young people to live in an equal society. They should be treated with kindness, dignity and respect.

GIRFEC is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This is a global agreement to protect children. Children and young people are citizens in their own right. Their human rights are set in all areas of life.

GIRFEC should be central to all our policies and services. It gives Scotland a plan to support and protect the wellbeing of children and young people.

Wellbeing is how a child or young person is doing at a point in time and whether they need any support.

A child or young person is an individual who is not yet 18 years old. We want to make services the best they can be for babies, infants, children, young people and their families.

The Scottish Government understands that GIRFEC can help the whole country to become a better place to live in.

This document explains to workers how GIRFEC can be used. Workers need to have the skills, knowledge and understanding to deliver GIRFEC. They need to make sure children, young people and families understand how their rights are protected.



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