Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) Practice Guidance 2 – The role of the named person - Easy Read

This guidance on the role of the named person is intended for practitioners and service leads that work with children, young people and families. This guidance aims to clarify who would be the appropriate practitioner to fulfil this role.


Introduction

GIRFEC (Getting it right for every child) is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This is a global agreement to protect children.

GIRFEC is the Scottish Government's approach to give all children, young people and families the right support at the right time.

This guidance on the role of the named person is for workers and services who work with children, young people and families. The guidance should help workers to understand more about wellbeing.

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

GIRFEC is based on evidence. It is based on rights. However, we need to do more to protect the rights of children in Scotland.

GIRFEC has key principles:

  • Place the child and family at the heart of all work and decisions that affect them
  • Work together with families
  • Understand wellbeing as being about all areas of life including family and community
  • Value difference and make sure everyone is treated fairly
  • Tackle inequality
  • Give support to children, young people and families when they need it
  • Everyone works together locally and across Scotland to make things better for children, young people and families

Contact

Email: GIRFEC@gov.scot

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