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Right from the start: a scoping study of the implementation of the GIRFEC practice model within maternity care in three contrasting sites across Scotland

Getting it Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) is an important component of Scottish Government’s goal to achieve more timeous, proportionate and appropriate services that achieve better outcomes.

Its specific remit is to ensure that universal services are based in a commonly understood, well rounded concept of wellbeing and that all relevant agencies work together to deliver effective support and early intervention where necessary in order to improve outcomes for all Scotland’s children.

The pre-birth period is critical in the development of these outcomes. For this reason, GIRFEC has become an integral part of the Refreshed Framework for Maternity Services (The Maternity Services Action Group, 2011). This report draws on experiences from GIRFEC implementation in maternity care in three contrasting sites in order to learn lessons that will contribute to the wider implementation work on-going across Scotland.

Beth Cross
Helen Cheyne
The Scottish Midwifery Research Collaboration
Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit