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

The Child's Plan is a tool that has been developed for practitioners to assist in assessment and planning to meet children and young people’s needs.

Based on the GIRFEC national practice model, The Child’s Plan is based on improving outcomes for children and young people, embedding the principles of GIRFEC in service delivery and planning. This approach should be child-centred, where assessments are carried out "with" the child and family and not “to” the child and family.

If you work with children, young people and families and require any Child’s Plan documents, please email:

Children's Rights

We want to work with young people in Falkirk to make sure you know your rights and so you can be involved in plans to make things better for young people and their families.

How can you get involved?

If you need more information, please email:


Integrated Children's Services Plan
Integrated Children's Services Plan 2017-2020
Parenting Strategy
Falkirk's Children's Commission Parenting Strategy