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 resources links below.

Repeal of the Named Person Scheme (September 2019)

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament in September 2019, Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced that the mandatory named person scheme for every child – enshrined in the Children And Young People Act 2014 – will be repealed.

More information on the repeal can be found on the Scottish Government website.

A blog published by Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights provides a useful contextual overview of the repeal, and can be found here.


Scottish Government: What is GIRFEC? (external website)

Scottish Government: GIRFEC Resources (external website)