Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) sets out the Scottish Government's priorities to improve the lives of looked-after children and young people. It has relationships at its heart and reflects the ongoing collaborative work between the Scottish Government, Local Authorities, professionals, carers, families, and children and young people.

The Girfec approach is about how practitioners across all services for children and adults meet the needs of children and young people, working together where necessary to ensure they reach their full potential. It promotes a shared approach and accountability that:

  • builds solutions with and around children, young people and families
  • enables children and young people to get the help they need when they need it
  • supports a positive shift in culture, systems and practice
  • involves working better together to improve life chances for children, young people and families

You can find out more about the GIRFEC approach by clicking on the links below.


Scottish Government: What is GIRFEC? (external website)

A Guide to Getting it Right for Every Child (2012) (PDF)