GIRFEC (Getting it right for every child)
‘Getting it right for every child’ focuses on what we as a school can do, in partnership with our pupils, parents/carers, and sometimes other agencies, to make a positive difference for our children and young people. The principles of GIRFEC allow us to have in place a network of support to promote wellbeing so that children and young people get the right help at the right time. This help may range from targeted and focused support within school to external agency support, such as health or social work.
GIRFEC Principles and Values
The GIRFEC approach:
- is child-focused – it ensures the child or young person – and their family – is at the centre of decision-making and the support available to them.
- is based on an understanding of the wellbeing of a child in their current situation – it takes into consideration the wider influences on a child or young person and their developmental needs when thinking about their wellbeing, so that the right support can be offered
- is based on tackling needs early – it aims to ensure needs are identified as early as possible to avoid bigger concerns or problems developing
- requires joined-up working – it is about children, young people, parents, and the services they need working together in a coordinated way to meet the specific needs and improve their wellbeing
GIRFEC is about wellbeing
GIRFEC focuses on eight areas of wellbeing that are important for your child to grow and develop to reach their full potential. These are: