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Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC)

Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC)

GIRFEC 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. 

Latest updates

Information Sharing Bill and Getting it right for every child update - September 2017

Update on the Information Sharing (Scotland) Bill and the Illustrative Draft Code of Practice, and reinvigorating Getting it right for every child in practice.

View the Information Sharing Bill and Getting it right for every child update

Policy update - July 2017

Updated information on delivering the Getting it right for every child policy. This update replaces the policy document issued in September 2016.

Read the Policy update July 2017

New legislation to clarify information sharing provisions - June 2017

The Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill published today, Tuesday 20 June, will introduce a duty on public services to consider if the sharing of information will promote, support or safeguard the wellbeing of a child or young person. The Bill will also ensure that the sharing is compatible with current law.

Read the Scottish Government news release
Read the Children and Young People (Information sharing) (Scotland) Bill 2017 and accompanying documents

Deputy First Minister article - April 2017

Why improving the lives of all our children and their families is critically important to both the Scottish Government and the future of Scotland itself.

Read the full Getting it right for every child article by Deputy First Minister John Swinney

Parliamentary statement on information sharing provisions - March 2017

The Deputy First Minister has announced he will bring forward a Bill that will include new provisions on when and how information can be shared by and with the Named Person service. The new provisions will address the Supreme Court’s judgment, live up to Government's objective of supporting children and young people and give them and their families reassurance that their rights are respected fully. The intention is to introduce the Bill ahead of the summer recess. 

Read the Scottish Government news release
Read the full statement of 7 March 2017 from the Deputy First Minister
Read the output from the intensive engagement period
Read the Supreme Court judgment

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    National approach to improving the wellbeing of children and young people in Scotland

  • Wellbeing

    The wellbeing of children and young people is at the heart of GIRFEC

  • Named Person

    One point of contact that children and families can go to for advice or support if they need it

  • Information sharing

    Relevant information to ensure access to the right help at the right time

  • Child's Plan

    Single planning process for all services to build solutions with and around children and their families

  • Lead Professional

    Lead professional is the person who ensures that the Child’s Plan is managed effectively and that parents and children are actively involved in the planning process

  • Our partners

    A wide range of organisations support the GIRFEC approach

  • Resources

    Practical tools and examples of 'Getting it right' for children and families

  • Publications

    Guidance, reports and updates on the GIRFEC approach

What does GIRFEC mean for me?

Guidance and legislation

On video

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Alex Cole-Hamilton talks about the Named Person service

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Getting it right for Ryan

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