The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 is about improving the wellbeing of children and young people in Scotland. The Act is wide ranging and includes key parts of the Getting it right for every child approach, commonly known as GIRFEC.

Wellbeing sits at the heart of the GIRFEC approach and reflects the need to tailor the support and help that children, young people and their parents/carers are offered to support their wellbeing.

A child or young person’s wellbeing is influenced by everything around them and the different experiences and needs they have at different times in their lives.

There are 8 wellbeing indicators also known as SHANARRI. They are:

  • Safe
  • healthy
  • achieving
  • nurtured
  • active
  • respected
  • responsible
  • included

SHANARRI diagram

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 them and their parent(s) and carer(s) to work in partnership with the services that can help them.

To find out more, visit: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/People/Young-People/gettingitright/what-is-girfec