What is GIRFEC?
Getting It Right for Every Child, commonly known as GIRFEC, is the Scottish Government’s approach to helping all children and young people grow, develop, and reach their full potential. Its central focus is to improve outcomes for children and young people by placing them at the centre of assessment and planning to meet their unique needs.
GIRFEC is based on successful partnership working, linking parents, carers, and services that support children and young people. It provides a structure for everyone to work in the same way and using the same language, with a shared understanding of wellbeing. It supports services to communicate effectively and consistently with each other, providing a co-ordinated and streamlined response. GIRFEC uses eight words, which together cover every part of a child or young person’s wellbeing: Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible and Included (referred to as the SHANARRI indicators). Encouraging everyone to consider wellbeing using these words makes it easier to assess what aspects of a child’s or young person’s life may need additional support. It also supports children and young people to develop an understanding of their own unique wellbeing needs. The GIRFEC approach ensures that all children and young people have been listened to and appropriately involved in all decisions affecting them.
GIRFEC resources for practitioners are available here.