GIRFEC & The Highland Practice Model

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.

Everyone working with children across Highland uses the Highland Practice Model.  The Highland Practice Model helps people to understand what support is required to improve outcomes for children and young people.

You can read more about GIRFEC and The Highland Practice Model on the ‘For Highland’s Children’ website.

The Wellbeing Indicators

Wellbeing Indicators are at the heart of the Getting It Right For Every Child approach. The approach uses eight areas to describe wellbeing in which children need to progress in order to do well now and in the future: Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible and Included.  The eight wellbeing indicators are commonly referred to as SHANARRI.




SHANARRI Poster – English


SHANARRI Poster – Gaelic



My World Triangle

Using the My World Triangle allows us to consider:

  • how a child or young person is growing and developing
  • what a child or young person needs from the people who look after him or her
  • the impact of a child or young person’s wider world of family, friends and community



My World Triangle – English

My World Triangle – Gaelic





Promoting Participation – Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland

Participation RulesThe Seven Golden Rules for Participation are a set of principles designed to help anyone working with,
and for, children and young people to support them to understand, experience and exercise their participation rights.  The Golden Rules inform adults what children and young people’s participation should involve and feel like. They have been developed through:
• consultation with children and young people
• research with professional adults, reflecting the knowledge and experience of those working to promote participation.


Seven Golden Rules for Participation – Rules Cards

Seven Golden Rules for Participation – Conversation Cards