Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) is the national approach to improving outcomes through public services that support the wellbeing of children and young people. It is a national framework to support the coordination of children’s and young people’s services across Scotland.
GIRFEC’s values and principles should underpin all work which supports children, young people, parents and carers.
GIRFEC in Edinburgh aspires to give the right help, at the right time, for the right length of time. It operates in a context of joined-up working among multi-agency teams which are supported and managed locally across the city by five Children’s Services Management Groups.
The Edinburgh GIRFEC website contains further information for professionals working with children, young people and families, including a range of useful resources and updates on training opportunities.
The National Third Sector GIRFEC Project has developed a series of Touchpoints to help Third Sector organisations prepare to implement GIRFEC. Touchpoints are a series of checklists of key policies, procedures, protocols and sets of information which organisations should have in place before GIRFEC comes into force.
The Scottish Government website contains information, including publicity materials for children, young people and families.
The Alliance: Getting to Know GIRFEC
The Alliance’s ‘Getting to Know GIRFEC’ project has produced a range of resources for children, young people and adults about GIRFEC available to use and download here, including a number of videos in British Sign Language.
TSI GIRFEC Reference Group
EVOC is a member of the Third Sector Interface GIRFEC Reference Group. This group comprises of staff from TSIs across Scotland who are supporting organisations to fully understand and implement the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 and GIRFEC. The aim of the group is to provide a sounding board to test tools and resources developed for TSIs and identify support required by the Third Sector.
For more information, contact Katherine Anderson.
Named Person Ruling
September 2015 Named Person: Court of Session rules policy is in best interests of children and complies with law.
Commenting on the Court’s ruling of the named person judicial review appeal, which upheld the Lord Ordinary’s decision that the legislation did not contravene the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) or EU law, Children’s Minister Aileen Campbell said:
“We welcome this decision by three judges, led by the Lord Justice Clerk, which again upholds the ruling that the named person service does not contravene ECHR rights or EU law. As the ruling states, this policy was informed by experts in child welfare, health and education with the intention of putting the best interests of the child at the heart of decision making.
We know parents and carers are, with very few exceptions, the best people to raise their children. We are pleased the court has confirmed that the legislation will have no effect on the legal, moral or social relationships within the family and we hope the petitioners and all those who have expressed concern on this aspect also take comfort from that.
The named person role was introduced to provide a single point of contact for families and builds on the supportive role that teachers and health professionals have long offered to children, young people and parents.”
Today’s decision confirms our aim of the legislation is to promote, support and safe-guard child wellbeing. This now means we can get on with the work of preparing to implement all aspects of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act and we will continue to consult with a wide range of stakeholders, including parents.”
The Court of Session’s full ruling can be found here.
Update September 2016
Following the Supreme Court judgement on the Named Person provisions in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 on 28 July 2016, Scottish Government has issued the information below to key stakeholders and requested that it be cascaded across the Third Sector Interface network.
A letter to key stakeholders and Named Person services providers from John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills can be found here.
Glasgow City Council’s position on the Supreme Court judgement and the steps they have taken are outlined in this document. You may wish to use this as an example of how to communicate your position, however individual organisational legal advice should be sought.
The Government is considering its position following the Supreme Court judgement and understands that providers will be keen to have information about commencement and the development of guidance, and advise that they will share this as soon as it is available. They are committed to discussing with key stakeholders the best way of giving effect to the Named Person service following the judgement and commit to continued communications. However, if you have any questions in the meantime please contact GIRFEC@gov.scot .
Update October 2016
The Information Commissioner has produced a statement outlining their view on practice around information sharing for child protection purposes.