Getting it Right For Every Child

Getting It Right For Every ChildĀ  – GIRFEC

Getting it right for every child (also known as “Getting it right” or GIRFEC) is a new, national approach to supporting and working with all children and young people in Scotland.

It affects all services for children and adult services where children are involved. It is based on research, evidence and best practice and is designed to ensure all parents, carers and professionals work effectively together to give children and young people the best start we can and improve their life opportunities.

Getting it right places children’s and young people’s needs first, ensures that they are listened to and understand decisions which affect them and that they get more co-ordinated help where this is required for their well-being, health and development.

It requires that all services for children and young people – social work, health, education, police, housing and voluntary organisations – adapt and streamline their systems and practices to improve how they work together to support children and young people, including strengthening information sharing.

The approach helps those facing the greatest social or health inequalities. It also encourages earlier intervention by professionals to avoid crisis situations at a later date so that children and young people get the help they need when they need it.

The learning Support Department has adopted the principles of GIRFEC and endeavour to implement these values in all our practices.

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