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What is Wellbeing?

Wellbeing sits at the heart of the Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) approach and reflects the need to tailor the support and help that children, young people and their parents are offered to support their wellbeing.

A child or young person's wellbeing is influenced by everything around them and the different experiences and needs they have at different times in their lives.

Further information is available in the Scottish Government leaflet

To ensure everyone has a common understanding of what wellbeing means, the Scottish Government has described wellbeing in terms of eight indicators, which are Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible and Included. These are sometimes abbreviated to the acronym known as SHANARRI. 

What are the Wellbeing Indicators?

Wellbeing IndicatorDescription


Protected from abuse, neglect or harm at home, at school and in the community


Having the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health, access to suitable healthcare and support in learning to make healthy safe choices


Being supported and guided in learning and in the development of skills, confidence and self-esteem, at home, in school and in the community


Having a nurturing place to live in a family setting with additional help if needed, or where this is not possible, in a suitable care setting


Having opportunities to take part in activities, such as play, recreation and sport, which contribute to healthy growth and development, at home, in school and in the community


Having the opportunity, along with carers, to be heard and involved in decisions that affect them


Having opportunities and encouragement to play active and responsible roles at home, in school, in the community and where necessary, obtaining appropriate guidance and supervision, and being involved in decisions that affect them


Receiving help and guidance to overcome social, educational, physical and economic inequalities and being accepted as full members of the community in which they live and learn


This new approach does not change the way you would report child protection concerns.



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