What is the GIRFEC approach?
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. 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. Most children get all the support and help they need from their parent(s), wider family and local community, in partnership with services like health and education. Where extra support is needed, the GIRFEC approach aims to make that support easy to access and seamless, with the child at the centre. It is for all children and young people because it is impossible to predict if or when they might need extra support.
The GIRFEC approach:
- is child-focused. It ensures the child or young person – and their family – is at the centre of decision-making and the support available to them.
- is based on an understanding of the wellbeing of a child. It looks at a child or young person’s overall wellbeing – how safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included they are – so that the right support can be offered at the right time.
- is based on tackling needs early. It aims to ensure needs are identified as early as possible to avoid bigger concerns or problems developing.
- requires joined-up working. It is about children, young people, parents, and the services they need working together in a coordinated way to meet the specific needs and improve their wellbeing.
More information can be found here: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=19760