Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) is a Scottish Government-led approach that aims to;
The well-being of all children and young people will be considered. This includes ensuring each person is:
Every child and young person will have a Named Person. The Named Person will be one point of contact that children and families can go to for advice and support if they need it. Access to a Named Person is an entitlement for children and young people from 0 – 18 years, or beyond if still in school and is expected to be available nationally from 31 August 2016.
The Named Person will be available to listen, advise and help a child or young person and their family, provide direct support or help them access other services.
For children 0-5 years, this will be the Health Visitor. Once the child starts school this will be the Head Teacher of the school or someone else nominated by the Head Teacher.
Most children and young people will have their needs met by family and friends, and the universal services of health and education.
Public bodies must provide the Named Person service and a Named Person has a duty to respond to a worry about a child or young person’s wellbeing, but there is no requirement for families to take up the offer of help. The existing responsibility of the police or social services to act in cases where a child is at risk of significant harm remains unchanged.
When two or more agencies are working together to support a child /young person, a Lead Professional will co-ordinate that support.
Following consultation, a final draft of the statutory guidance was recently published. This will be subject to further minor revision and the final guidance in due to published in Spring 2016.
The draft guidance supports the GIRFEC provisions in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act and is a result of joint working between the Scottish Government and a range of organisations across children’s and adult services. The new law and draft guidance formalise what is already happening in many areas to ensure a consistent approach to how services support children’s and young people’s wellbeing wherever they live. It ensures services operate effectively and that all children should have the same opportunities to have help and support available to them when they need it.
Find out more at www.gov.scot/girfec