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  Getting To Know GIRFEC

Getting to Know GIRFEC: what Getting it Right for Every Child means for Children and Young People who are disabled or living with long term conditions



About the Project

Our project is aimed at raising awareness of Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) for disabled children and those living with long term conditions and their parents and carers.

GIRFEC is the Scottish Government’s approach to making Scotland the best place to grow up for all children and young people.  It is about implementing good practice and supporting children’s wellbeing to allow every child and young person to be the very best they can be.  It is important for children and young people as well as their parents and carers to be informed about GIRFEC in order to enable them to use the tools and language of GIRFEC to ensure the best outcome for the child.

We will collate feedback from those who participate in GIRFEC information sessions and provide reports to the Scottish Government on this feedback to help inform GIRFEC guidance and practice, promoting the voice of children and young people and their parents and carers.


Meet the Team 

The Team:

Team Biographies: 

NameRonnie brings 40 years of experience in children’s services , including social work, education and regulation. Positions he has held include, Director of Children’s Services Regulation with the Care Commission, Head of Children’s Services with East Lothian Council and Assistant Director, National Services with CHILDREN1st. A passionate advocate of listening to children, Ronnie firmly believes that GIRFEC holds the promise of helping children, young people and their families have a real say about the nature of the support and services they need.




What will we be doing to raise awareness?


  •  GIRFEC Information sessions for Children and Young People

These sessions will increase children and young people’s understanding of what GIRFEC should mean for them in practice and will help build participants capacity and confidence to use GIRFEC as a tool to help access the support they need.

  •  GIRFEC Information sessions for Parents and Carers

These sessions will be to build awareness of the GIRFEC approach so that parents will be more empowered to access and influence the support their child or young person needs to achieve their desired outcomes.

  • GIRFEC 'Training for Trainers' Workshops

A package has been developed to be used by others working in this field who wish to deliver GIRFEC information sessions themselves.  ‘Training for Trainers' sessions will be aimed towards third sector organisations working directly with children, young people and parents and towards Community Panning Partnerships. So far we have deliver 6 workshops in Dumfries, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Perth including a workshop in partnership with the Scottish Council on Deafness.

  • Events arranged through local Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs)



Current Events Planned




If you require any further information about the project, or wish to book a session for your organisation or group then please contact; Ronnie Hill, ALLIANCE Consultant.



Getting to Know GIRFEC Video Series

The five part 'Getting to Know GIRFEC' video series, in British Sign Language (BSL) format, is now available to view online.


We are currently and continually working to add to this. If you have anything to contribute, please don't hesitate to contact us. Similarly if there are any problems with any of the links please let us know as soon as possible.


Core Materials:

Parent and Carer Information Pack

Adult Easy Read Documents:

Parent and Carer Additional Easy Read Factsheet - Lead Professional

Parent and Carer Additional Easy Read Factsheet - Child's Plan

Children and Young People Versions: (same document but changed to the child's perspective)

Children and Young People Additional Easy Read Factsheet - Lead Professional

Chidren and Young People Additional Easy Read Factsheet - Child's Plan


Practitioners Workshop Pack

Evaluation Form for Parent/Carer Sessions

Parent and Carer Presentation


Additional Materials:

Getting it Right for YOUR Child - An activity designed by the project which encurages participants to think through the aspects of GIRFEC in their own context.

Easy Read Guide to Wellbeing - A document produced by People First and the Health and Social Care Alliance (the ALLIANCE)

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - A guide for Children and Young People. > - A leaflet by Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People which gives more reader friendly information on children's rights and can be used in conjunction with the section including diagram on how the wellbeing wheel matches the convention.

UNCRC: The Foundation of Getting it Right For Every Child > - This report documents the beginning of Getting it Right From Every Child and demonstrates the clear links between GIRFEC and childrens rights.

UNCRC: Report on Children's Views of the UNCRC - This report was produced by the Alliance. Published September 2015.

List of Resources - A list of websites we have found which are in relation to GIRFEC. There is a list of local authority's specific GIRFEC websites if you scroll down.

My Life in Scotland Final Report - A report by Childrens Parliament on helping community planning partnerships to understand and improve the wellbeing of children and young people in their areas

GIRFEC Video > - A short video by the Scottish Government explaining what GIRFEC is and how it will help make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up.

Getting it Right For Ryan > - A video case study by the Scottish Government which follows the story of Ryan and how his Named Person helped him after his mum left.

Angus wellbeing web > - Although the actual resource has been archived this link will take you to a slide explaining the Angus wellbeing web and how to use it.

Getting it Right for Charlie - The written case study on Charlie in picture format.

Children and Young People Talking Mats > - A useful resource for assessing the wellbeing needs of children and young people.

Shaping the Services You Use - A link to For Scotland's Children's website which includes a guide to Parent Participation

Empowered and Effective Decision Making - Capability Scotland and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) are working together on an action research project made possible by Scottish Government funding to find out what empowers disabled children and young people to make their own decisions.