Information Sharing and GIRFEC

Letting people know about You - For young people

Sometimes young people need help with the things that are going on in their lives. Different people can help get you the support you need. When people work together to help you, they may need to share information about you. In Shetland, this is called Getting it right for every child or GIRFEC for short.

Why do people need to know about you?

  • so people can work together to get you the help you need.
  • stop you being asked the same questions over and over again.
  • to help keep you safe and well.

Who needs to know about you?

  • people who can help you, this might be a teacher, a doctor or a social worker. It will depend on the kind of help you need.
  • the things you need are only talked about with people who can help you.
  • your plan and information is kept in a safe place.

How will they get to know?

People might:

  • speak on the phone .
  • send e- mails.
  • write letters.
  • meet together.

Are you asked first?

  • if you are over 12, then you will be asked to agree to GIRFEC and if it is ok for people to share information about you and the help you need.
  • If you are under 12, then you should be involved but it may be your mum or dad, or the people who look after you who are asked to give consent.

Do you have to say yes?

  • if you do not want information about you to be shared with people who can help or you do not want GIRFEC, then you can say no.
  • Remember people want to talk about what you need to help you and keep you safe and well.

What if you have more questions?

Talk things through with the people supporting you, your family or social workers. They should be able to answer your questions or find out the answers for you.