Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) is the Scottish Government’s drive to improve outcomes for all children. The aim is that all children in Scotland are given every opportunity to develop to their full potential to become confident, responsible, and productive members of society.

Curriculum for Excellence refers to this as the Four Capacities which aim to enable every child to become a:

  • successful learner
  • confident individual
  • responsible citizen
  • effective contributor

In order to meet these goals, an agreed definition of wellbeing has been created. It is summarised in the Wellbeing Wheel.



The acronym SHANARRI is formed from the eight indicators of wellbeing:

  • Safe
  • Healthy
  • Achieving
  • Nurtured
  • Active
  • Respected
  • Responsible
  • Included

All of these wellbeing indicators are necessary for a child or young person to reach their potential. They are used to record observations, events and concerns and as an aid to creating an individual plan for a child.

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