A statement on the GIRFEC principles

Children and Families

Social Work Scotland shares the ambition that Scotland becomes the best place in the world to grow up.

To achieve that we know every child and family has to have access to the help they need, from people they know and trust, before a challenge becomes a crisis. The Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) approach remains our best chance of achieving that.

The Deputy First Minister’s announcement last week (19/9/19), withdrawing legislation which would have put the Named Person service on a statutory footing, does not signal the end of this policy. For Social Work Scotland, the announcement draws a helpful line after two years of uncertainty, allowing organisations and professionals to now get on with making GIRFEC real for children and families across the country.

We encourage our members and partners to reassert their commitment to the principles and aims of GIRFEC, and acknowledge the considerable progress already made.