The aims for GIRFEC are very simple.

  • Aim 1: 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.
  • Aim 2: Based on an understanding of the wellbeing of a child.

    It looks at a child or young person’s overall wellbeing – how safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included they are – so that the right support can be offered at the right time.
  • Aim 3: Based on tackling needs early.

    It aims to ensure needs are identified as early as possible to avoid bigger concerns or problems developing.
  • Aim 4: 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.

The National GIRFEC Policy statement can be found here -

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