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Getting it Right for Every Child ('GIRFEC' or 'Getting it Right') is Scotland's approach to supporting children and young people. The GIRFEC approach arose out of the review of the Children's Hearings System in 2004. It recognised that in order to improve outcomes for vulnerable children, agencies need to intervene earlier, in a better and more integrated way in response to identified needs and risks, and not when a threshold is reached to trigger action. The origins of the approach lie in the Kilbrandon Report (1964), reinforced by publications such as 'For Scotland's Children'.
It requires that services aimed at children and young people – social work, health, education, police, housing and voluntary organisations – adapt and streamline their systems and practices and work together. The approach encourages earlier intervention by professionals to avoid crisis situations at a later date.
Getting it right for every child is a change management programme designed to deliver a national approach to meeting the needs of – and improving outcomes for – all children and young people in Scotland.
The Scottish Government has finished consulting on a Children and Young People Bill which proposes to enshrine in law key elements of the Getting it Right approach.
Some more links and information that are relevant to the context of this article .
Sharon Vincent, Brigid Daniel, Sharon Jackson. "Where now for ‘child protection’ in Scotland?". Child Abuse Review. 20 September 2010.