Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) is the national approach in Scotland to help improve outcomes and support the wellbeing of all children and young people by offering the right help at the right time from the right people for any child or young person who needs it. Its focus is to improve outcomes for children and their families based on a shared understanding of their wellbeing.
The GIRFEC approach aims to embed the rights of children and young people under the United Nations Convention on the rights of the Child (UNCRC)
The use of the GIRFEC approach means that the vast majority of children and young people will have all their wellbeing needs met through what is routinely provided through national health and education services. However, some children and young people need help and support additional to what is routinely provided and the use of the GIRFEC approach helps to ensure that the additional help and support needed is available as early as possible.
It is everyone’s responsibility to make sure that the wellbeing of all children and young people is the best it can be. Key to achieving this is a multi-agency commitment to providing effective, proportionate and high quality early help and supporting families to have their needs met in their local communities.