We are committed to the Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) approach. This will make sure all our children and young people get the best possible start in life.
Every child and young person is entitled to personal support to enable them to gain as much as possible from the opportunities which Curriculum for Excellence can provide.
We provide personal support in two ways, i.e. as universal or as targeted support. This support is based on changes to one or more of the following:
All our staff have a duty to identify the support needs of all children and young people, including care and welfare needs. All of us must work with together to put support in place to meet those needs.
Universal support includes support from family, the community and generally available services. This support includes the chance for children and young people to regularly talk about their learning to a key adult. Your child's key adult will know them well and may act as a mentor.
All children and young people are entitled to personal support to allow them to:
Young people themselves should be at the centre of this planning, so they are actively involved in their learning and development.
Targeted support is support from specialist services. These can be services based in education or from other agencies, e.g. health or social work. Targeted support allows children and young people to have full access to Curriculum for Excellence.
Targeted support may be required because of your child's:
We use a staged approach to decide the support needs of your child. You and your child will be involved at all stages of this process.
The GIRFEC Practice Model provides the basis for assessing the additional needs of children and young people. This framework can be used to:
Every member of staff has the responsibility to ask themselves the following five key questions about all children and young people.
Find out more about the four steps in assessing who needs additional, targeted support.
A Scottish Government guide to implementing GIRFEC. This guide provides more information on the principles and core components of GIRFEC.