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How does GIRFEC work?

GIRFEC ensures children and young people get consistent and effective support for their wellbeing wherever they live or learn. Making good practice the national standard in Scotland.

This includes:

  • a description of how people working with children, young people and parents understand and consider a child or young person’s wellbeing;
  • making a Named Person available as a clear point of contact for children, young people and parents,  who will provide advice, information, and support, and help to access other services if needed; and
  • a single planning framework – the Child’s Plan – to ensure a consistent approach to how a range of extra support that is not generally available is planned, delivered and coordinated to a child’s specific needs and circumstances. This plan is developed in partnership with the child and their parent(s).

Getting it right across Scotland

Services and community organisations across Scotland already use the GIRFEC approach to ensure the way they support children, young people and their parents is consistent and effective.

The GIRFEC approach is not new and has grown over a number of years from the practice of health and education professionals, and feedback from the children and families they support