CONTEXT: Despite persistent health inequalities and intergenerational deprivation, the Scottish government aspires for Scotland to be the best country for children to grow up in. Judges said that some proposals breach rights to privacy and a family life under the European Convention on Human Rights.
In Highland there were pathfinder projects that launched in September followed by an implementation phase that began in January Advisory groups. The Named Person is intended to be a clear point of contact if a child, young person or their parents want information or advice, or if they want to talk about any worries and seek support.
In October a programme of visits was carried out by HM Inspectors to review the readiness of the education system in using GIRFEC approaches to help ensure that children and families get the right help at the right time.
It was developed by people who work with children and young people and reflects feedback from families. The Scottish Government has published a number of guides and resources. Getting It Right for Every Child GIRFEC is a landmark children's policy framework to improve children's well-being via early intervention, universal service provision, and multiagency coordination across organizational boundaries.
Inherent tensions around intrusion, data gathering, professional roles, and balancing well-being against child protection threaten the effectiveness of the policy if not resolved.
GIRFEC is central to all government policies which support children, young people and their families and is delivered through services and people who work with families. The aim is to help them to grow up feeling loved, safe and respected so that they can realise their full potential.