GIRFEC ( Getting It Right For Every Child)
GIRFEC is the national approach in Scotland to improving outcomes and supporting the wellbeing of our children and young people by offering the right help at the right time from the right people. It supports our young people and their families to work in partnership with the services that can help.
The principles of GIRFEC allow us to have in place a network of support to promote wellbeing so our young people can access the help they may need. This help may range from targeted and focuses support within the school to external agency support such as health or social work.
All children and young people in Scotland will be assigned a Named Person from birth until they reach 18 years of age.
The Named Person will act as s single point of contact for parents and young people seeking support or advice and will respond to any wellbeing concerns. The Named Person will signpost and coordinate support provided from a variety of agencies including health and social work. If appropriate, the Named Person will arrange for any assessments to be carried out by appropriate professionals and ensure this information to discussed with the young person and the family.
Who will be my Child’s Named Person?
The Named Person will be an adult who is known to the young person, a teacher from Lornshill Academy who will most likely be their PT Pupil Support teacher or DHT. In the event a child or young person is receiving support from a variety of agencies, a Lead Professional will be appointed. This will be agreed by all members of the TAC (Team Around the Child) meeting. A TAC meeting is arranged and chaired by the Named Person so the family and the professionals from agencies which are supporting the child, can meet to discuss the best way to provide support for the young person and ensure their wellbeing. The Lead Professional will manage the Child’s Plan, coordinate support, review the young persons progress and ensure the views of the young person and family are heard throughout the process.
The Child’s Plan is part of the GIRFEC approach to support and ensure the wellbeing of children and young people. If a child or young person is receiving support from a variety of agencies, they will have a Child’s Plan. The Child’s Plan is a record which will contain information detailing the Child’s or young persons needs, what support will be provided by which agency/professional, the desired outcomes of the support and when the plan will be