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Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC)

What is GIRFEC?

Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC)  is the national approach in Scotland designed to improving outcomes for children and young people by offering the right help at the right time from the right people.

Most children get all the support and help they need from their parent(s), wider family and local community. There may be times, however, when a child or family need additional advice or support. The GIRFEC approach helps children, young people and their families 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.

GIRFEC is a way of working which focuses on improving outcomes for all children by placing the child at the centre of thinking, planning and action.

The GIRFEC approach is relevant for every service that impacts on children, including staff in adult services who are working with parents and carers.

GIRFEC starts in the universal services of health and education, focusing on early intervention to provide the right help at the right time.

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