Reports, Briefings, Statutory Guidance & Toolkits

Getting it right for every child

Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) is the Scottish Government’s programme that aims to improve outcomes for all children and young people by promoting a shared approach that builds solutions with and around children and familes. It enables children to get the help they need when they need it.

You can now download very useful documentation (all published December 2014) from the following Scottish Government webpage – Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 – GIRFEC Q&A for practitioners (documents all uploaded December 2014).

It includes information on:

  • Wellbeing
  • Named persons
  • Child’s plans
  • Information sharing
  • Q&A for parents and families
  • Other useful documentation

Growing up in Scotland

This page lists all the GUS publications – full reports & summaries – which you might find useful.

Early Learning and Childcare (ELCC)

Technologies 3-18 curriculum impact report (Edu Scot 2014) – evaluates the quality of young people’s learning and achievements in the technologies.

Early Years Toolkit (EEF, 2015) – analyses evidence about methods of boosting achievement among young children in a bid to help nurseries and preschools improve the learning of disadvantaged three and four-year-olds.

Early Years Collaborative Stock Take Revew (Years 1 & 2) – Children and Families Analysis (2014)

A Guide to Evaluating Services using Quality Indicators – Care Inspectorate, published 2014

Toolkit for evaluating wellbeing in schools and nurseries March, 2014 – GIRFEC interactive guide.

Early Learning and Childcare Statistics 2013 – Care Inspectorate, published Oct 2014.

Building the Ambition (2014) – National Practice Guidance on Early Learning and Childcare

Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 – Statutory Guidance to assist all those involved in the implementation and delivery of early learning and childcare.

Aftercare & Continuing Care (CELCIS, 2014) – first in a series of briefings explaining specific parts of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. This briefing examines the changes introduced to ‘Aftercare’ services.

Growing up in Scotland – Characteristics of pre-school provision and their association with child outcomes. (GUS, June 2014)

Children’s Health & Well-being

NHS Health Scotland briefing paper (Jan 2015) – provides an overview of NHS Health Scotland early years and childcare publications for parents and professionals including up to date information on new resources and details of how to order & request translations and alternative formats.

New food labelling regulations and their implications to early years/wrap around and after school care (2014) – please see the CALA Blog for a full report.

Annual Report for the Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland (2014) – highlights the actions the Scottish Government are taking to tackle child poverty

Briefing on Child Poverty (NHS Scotland, March 2013) explores child poverty and its relationship to health and well-being.

Growing up in Scotland – Family & school influences on children’s social and emotional well-being. (GUS, June 2014)

Key findings from Growing up in Scotland – Family & school influences on children’s social and emotional well-being. (GUS, June 2014)

Now they are seven (June 2014) – recent key findings from above publication exploring the possible influences on children’s well-being and their behavioural and emotional difficulties. Lesley Kelly, GUS Dissemination Officer.

The experiences of mothers aged under 20: Analysis of data from the Growing Up in Scotland (2014) The Scottish Government.

Child Protection

National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland (2014) The Scottish Government.

Keeping Children Safe: what we all need to know to protect our children. The Scottish Government.

Keeping Children Safe: information disclosure about child sexual offenders. The Scottish Government.

Safer Children in a Digital World (2008). The report of the Byron Review.


Play Strategy for Scotland (June 2013). The Scottish Government.

The Play Return: A review of the wider impact of play initiatives. (July 2014). Tim Gill.