Assessment of Wellbeing (GIRFEC)

Closed 4 Feb 2022

Opened 1 Nov 2021

Feedback updated 7 Sep 2022

We asked

On 1 November 2021, the Scottish Government published a consultation seeking views on the newly drafted guidance for Assessment of Wellbeing. The consultation closed on 4 February 2022 and a total of 121 responses were submitted.

You said

Overall, most respondents were very positive about the voice of the child being encouraged and threaded throughout the guidance. Many respondents said that the refreshed guidance reflects and acknowledges the complexities which surround children’s wellbeing on a daily basis and sets out a good framework for supporting and nurturing the young person.

We did

An independent analysis was undertaken and a research findings report written on all responses received across the public consultation. It can be found here.

These responses have informed and contributed to the revised practitioner guidance on Assessment of Wellbeing. It will be published in due course.

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


This is a consultation on statutory guidance in line with Section 96(3) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (the Act), which states that Scottish Ministers must issue guidance on how the eight wellbeing indicators are to be used to assess the wellbeing of a child or young person. The guidance will explain what “wellbeing” is in the context of the Act.

Responding to this consultation - BSL 

Assessment of Wellbeing - BSL  

Assessment of Wellbeing - Easy read

Read the consultation paper


Why your views matter

The draft guidance has been developed in partnership with stakeholders. This consultation is an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft, which will be revised so that the final, published guidance is informed by consultation responses.


  • Children and Families
  • Communities and Third Sector
  • Education
  • Equality, Welfare and Rights
  • Health and Social Care
  • Housing and Regeneration