The National Third Sector GIRFEC (Getting it Right for Every Child) Project was launched in early 2013 by the then Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell. Its ambition was that the third sector should be an equal partner in Children's Services Planning and the delivery of the GIRFEC provisions within the Children & Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.
The project was set up as a Public Social Partnership (PSP) between a core group of organisations: Barnardo’s Scotland, Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS), and Improvement Service. The project also received support from other third sector partners including the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS).
During the first three years, the project supported nine CPP areas to review the third sector’s involvement in their local children’s services planning and delivery. The project also worked in these nine areas to develop action plans to strengthen the role of the third sector.
In 2016/17, the project was awarded an extension. During the period of extension, the project focused on supporting the implementation of Part 3 (Children’s Services Planning) and Parts 4, 5 and 18 (GIRFEC) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. It was achieved by:
- Promoting the third sector’s contribution
- Supporting the third sector with information, tools and resources
- Facilitating opportunities for collaboration
- Delivering tailored support to local partnerships.
Following the success of the project, a project proposal for a new phase – based on the evolving needs identified by the project stakeholders – was submitted to the Scottish Government. A new contract was granted to Children in Scotland to host the NTSG project from April 2018.