Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC)

Giving you, your child and your family the best start in life is the priority of all professionals who support you and your family. Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) is the approach used by all services who work together with you to help meet your child’s needs.

As part of the GIRFEC approach, you and your child can access a named individual (Named Person) that you can go to for information and support and who will help you to access other services you may need.

The Named Person can help families address their concerns early and in some cases help prevent them becoming more serious issues. This builds on the supportive role health visitors already offer to children and parents and means there is a consistent approach to supporting children’s and young people’s wellbeing wherever they live in Scotland. The Named Person can also help other people who work with children and families to keep children and their families at the centre of everything they do.

The Named Person's role is to support your baby's wellbeing – the things that will help your baby to grow and develop. This help could be short or longer term depending on the needs of your baby, such as helping you to access a parenting programme or managing a long-term condition. The Named Person is likely to be your health visitor from the birth of your baby until they are old enough to start school, when this role will normally transfer to the head or depute head teacher.

The Wellbeing Wheel (below) shows the things that are most important in helping your little one grow and develop. The eight indicators of wellbeing are: Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible and Included (also known as the SHANARRI indicators).

A pie chart showing the eight terms that describe a child's well being: safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included’
Last Updated: 09 March 2016
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