Getting it right for every child

Getting It Right For Every Child in Argyll and Bute


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Have you heard about the Argyll and Bute Children and Young People’s Service Plan?

The Argyll and Bute Children and Young People’s Service Plan currently prioritises GIRFEC, early help and support, mental health and wellbeing and youth voice.

Who to contact  >

Who to contact about GIRFEC in Argyll and Bute

Argyll and Bute GIRFEC Resources >
Guidance and examples for professionals in Argyll and Bute

Visit the Argyll and Bute GIRFEC website


National Guidance >

Guidance on GIRFEC from the Scottish Government

Children and Young People's Service Plan 2020 - 2023

Children's Services Commissioning Plan 2020- 2023

Information sharing

Joint Inspection of services for children and young people in need of care and protection in Argyll and Bute - Report March 2019

Public protection - information sharing guidance

Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) is a programme that aims to improve outcomes for all children and young people.  The GIRFEC approach is underpinned by a set of core values and principles which are integral to and apply across all domains of working with children and young people.

GIRFEC promotes a shared approach that:

  • builds solutions with and around children and families
  • enables children to get the help they need when they need it
  • supports a positive shift in culture, systems and practice
  • involves working together to make things better

Getting It Right For Every Child is the foundation for work with all children and young people, including adult services where parents are involved.  It builds on universal health and education services, commencing antenatally through the early years and includes work with all children and young people.  

There are five questions practitioners need to ask when they are concerned about a child or young person:

  • What is getting in the way of this child or young person’s well-being?
  • Do I have all the information I need to help this child or young person?
  • What can I do now to help this child or young person?
  • What can my agency do to help this child or young person?
  • What additional help, if any, may be needed from others?

When assessment, planning and action are needed, practitioners can draw on the GIRFEC National Practice Model.  This provides a framework to structure and analyse information consistently so as to understand a child or young person’s needs, the strengths and pressures affecting them and then to consider what support they might need.

GIRFEC national pratice model

The Well-Being Indicatorsare areas in which children and young people need to progress in order to do well now and in the future. They allow practitioners to consider information, which may identify needs and concerns, and to make decisions about what should be done to appropriately support children and young people.  They are used to record observations, events and concerns and help in deciding whether or not a Universal Child’s Plan (UCP) is required.  If it is necessary to open a UCP, at a Single Agency or Multi Agency level, the My World Triangle, and in more complex cases the Resilience Matrix, can then be used to gather, structure and assist in the analysis of information.  This will help in the formation of short and long term outcomes.

Argyll and Bute GIRFEC contact details

Patricia Renfrew - Consultant Nurse, Children and Families
Phone: 01700 501544

Louise Lawson - Education Manager
Phone: 01631 567894