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Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC)

‘Getting it right for every child’ (GIRFEC) is a national policy and programme which is implemented in Lanarkshire.  The Scottish Government introduced GIRFEC as a long term programme; it is relevant to each and every child in Scotland, and reaches across children’s and adults’ services in the public and voluntary sectors to ensure there is firm commitment and drive towards achieving better futures for all of our children and young people.

GIRFEC promotes key values in working with children and their families across all agencies and is based on core components which will help bring these values about.

The programme calls for all workers in health centres and hospitals, nurseries, schools and leisure centres, family centres, social work services and housing offices, and in the community to work together towards changes in culture, systems and practice that will help all children and young people to grow, develop and reach their full potential.

Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) is an ongoing commitment to ensure that your child has the best possible start in life and to improve outcomes for children and families based on a shared understanding of their wellbeing. Most children make their journey from birth to the world of work supported by family and the universal services of Health and Education. The Named Person in education helps to make sure that the child’s wellbeing is developing.  The school will let you know the Named Person for your child.  This is likely to be the Head Teacher in a primary school and a Principal Teacher of  Pupil Support teacher in  secondary school. 

If you have any concerns relating to your child’s wellbeing you can speak to the Named Person who will be happy to work with you to address any issues and to ensure that your child gets the help that is needed at the right time.

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