Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) is the Scottish Government's approach to improve children's services. The wellbeing of all children and young people is at the heart of GIRFEC. Services must work together with children, young people and their families to provide quick and effective support when it is needed.

The Children and Young People Act (Scotland) 2014, will mean key parts of GIRFEC become law in 2016.


Every child and young person will have a Named Person to make sure their wellbeing is promoted.

Wellbeing is described by 8 indicators (sometimes called SHANARRI):

  • Safe
  • Healthy
  • Achieving
  • Nurtured
  • Active
  • Respected
  • Responsible
  • Included

Who is my named person?

Your named person can help if you are a child or young person worried about your wellbeing, or a parent worried about your child / young person's wellbeing.

Stage of child/young person Named person
Pre-birth until starts school or 5 years old Health Visitor
Primary/Secondary age Headteacher / Depute Headteacher / Guidance Teacher / Pastoral Teacher

Child's Plan

We are delighted to be able to launch Version 3 which is a refresh of the former Integrated Assessment Framework, now known as the Child's Plan, renamed by the Scottish Government.

The Child's Plan forms, guidance and other related documents can be found on the GIRFEC Practitioner Pages where you can also find useful information leaflets including:


GIRFEC Review of Progress
GIRFEC Review of Progress May 2011
Integrated Children's Services Plan
Integrated Children's Service Plan 2010-2015
Parenting Strategy
Falkirk's Children's Commission Parenting Strategy