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.

Law and policy

We have aims for Scotland. GIRFEC adds to the aim that all children grow up loved, safe and respected so that they realise their full potential.

Children's rights and wellbeing are linked. Where a child's rights are protected their wellbeing should improve. Where a child's wellbeing is good they are able to enjoy their rights.

There are 4 Principles of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This is a global agreement to protect children

  • Non-discrimination
  • Best interests of the child
  • Right to life, survival and development
  • Respect for the views of the child

It links to preventing child poverty. We must work together to help increase families incomes and reduce costs. We need to make sure families have the money they need to thrive.

The Independent Care Review says what changes are needed for services. It says they should centre around people to make a country that cares.

We are working so services:

  • are shaped around children, young people and families
  • meet the needs of children, young people and families
  • listen to care experiences of children and young adults

We want to improve results for all children and young people. Local services should be joined up. They should focus on supporting children and young people's wellbeing. Support should be offered early.

GIRFEC has been used across Scotland for many years. It is about acting early to help children and young people.



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