Getting It Right For Every Child

Our children and young people deserve the best possible start in life.

Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) is a Scottish Government-led programme which puts the child or young person at the centre of everything we do. It aims to make sure children and young people, and their families, get the right help and support at the right time. Talking with and listening to children, young people and families themselves is an important part of GIRFEC.

GIRFEC is about breaking down barriers between organisations and working effectively together for the benefit of children, young people and their families.

Together, professionals and families are committed to keeping our children and young people safe, healthy, active, nurtured, achieving, respected, responsible and included.

Will my child learn about GIRFEC at school?

From the very start of school there are important messages we need to give to children in ways they understand.  They need to know that everyone at school wants children and families to be safe and happy, that teachers will always listen and be there to talk to them about things, and that it’s really important that people are kind to each other.

There will be a Key Person for each child – somebody they know they can go to any time they need help or want to speak to someone.  This will be explained at school, and themes linked to GIRFEC will be discussed in class as part of Curriculum for Excellence.

In St Andrew’s High School the Pupil Support teacher is both you and your child’s first point of contact.

All staff at St Andrew’s High School are committed to getting it right for every child.

Further information on GIRFEC can be found on the National Parent Forum for Scotland.

GIRFEC websites: