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What is Getting It Right For Every Child? (GIRFEC)

The main purpose of GIRFEC is to make sure that all children and young people in Scottish schools have all their needs met so that they can access education well and get the most from it.  For the majority of children this will not change what currently takes place in school because they attend well, focus during learning and teaching time, progress well socially, emotionally and academically.  However for some children extra support is needed for a very wide range of reasons.  Some children need additional support because they:

have motor or sensory impairments
 are being bullied 
 are particularly able or talented 
 have experienced a bereavement 
 are interrupted learners 
 have a learning disability 
 are looked after by a local authority 
 have a learning difficulty, such as dyslexia 
 are living with parents who are abusing substances 
 are living with parents who have mental health problems 
 have English as an additional language 
 are not attending school regularly 
 have emotional or social difficulties 
 are on the child protection register 
 are young carers. 

(The above list is not exhaustive nor should it be assumed that inclusion in the list means that additional support will be necessary)

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 takes forward the Getting It Right For Every Child approach to ensure that:

  • all children and young people from birth to 18 years old have access to a Named Person
  • a single planning process is put in place to support those children who require it
  • a definition of wellbeing exists in legislation
  • public bodies have a duty to co-ordinate the planning, design and delivery of services for children and young people, with a focus on improving wellbeing outcomes, and to report collectively on how they are improving those outcomes.
For further information about the Named Person and the GIRFEC legislation pelase see the presentation below.

GIRFEC Parents Presentation