Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC): policy statement

Provides an overview of the policy and legislative context for GIRFEC. It 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.

9. Annex A – Equality and Rights Legislative and Policy Context

Scotland’s Race Equality Framework sets out a cross-section of outcomes related to community cohesion and safety; participation and representation; education and lifelong learning; employability, employment and income; and health and home.

A Fairer Scotland for Disabled people is based on the social model of disability, is rooted in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the independent living movement, where disabled people can live the life they choose, participating equally alongside other citizens.

The New Scot Integration Strategy aims to integrate refugees and asylum seekers into Scottish communities from day one of arrival. A refugee is entitled to the same social and economic rights as any UK citizen.

The Fairer Scotland Action Plan outlines Scotland’s approach to ending child poverty with a focus on maximising family incomes, boosting life chances and helping build sustainable communities.

Equally Safe is Scotland’s policy for preventing and responding to gender-based violence, it positions gender equality as both the cause and consequence of gender-based violence. GIRFEC incorporates this policy and takes an equitable approach to understanding unique experiences of gender inequality that children and young people have, supporting them to have an equal start in life that is equally safe.

The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 provides the legal framework for identifying and addressing the additional support needs of children and young people who face a barrier, or barriers, to learning. The Act aims to ensure that all children and young people are provided with the necessary support to help them work towards reaching their full potential.



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