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Children & Families Directorate
Scottish Government
Area 2A(N)
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What is GIRFEC?

Getting it right for every childGIRFEC is the national approach in Scotland to improving outcomes and supporting the wellbeing of our children and young people by offering the right help at the right time from the right people.  It supports them and their parent(s) to work in partnership with the services that can help them.

It puts the rights and wellbeing of children and young people at the heart of the services that support them – such as early years services, schools, and the NHS – to ensure that everyone works together to improve outcomes for a child or young person.

GIRFEC in law

Key elements of the GIRFEC approach are:

  • a description of how people working with children, young people and parents understand and consider a child or young person’s wellbeing.

  • children, young people and families can expect services to work together to provide support and help.
  • Children and young people who need extra support which is not generally available will have a Child’s Plan.

More about GIRFEC

  • How it works

    Putting the best interests of children and young people at the heart of services

  • Principles

    Four principles applied in single-agency, multi-agency and inter-agency working across Scotland

  • History

    GIRFEC has been tested and developed across Scotland over a period of more than ten years

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