child protection

Empowering vulnerable children and their parents using Talking Mats

Case study which describes the use of Talking Mats at Stenhouse Child and Family Centre (Edinburgh City Council) with very young, vulnerable children and their parents.

Talking Mats is a low-tech communication tool originally developed by the Alternative and Augmentative Communication Research Unit to support people with communication impairment including those with stroke, learning disability and dementia.

Referrals, assessments and children who were the subject of a child protection plan (children in need census -provisional) year ending 31 March 2011

Statistical release that provides provisional figures on the number of children referred to and assessed to be in need by Local Authority Social Care Services and the number of children who were the subject of a child protection plan for the year ending 31 March 2011.

A study of recommendations arising from serious case reviews 2009-2010

Study that presents a critical, thematic analysis of recommendations from 33 of the serious case reviews (cases of child death or serious injury through abuse or neglect) completed in 2009-2010.

The central aim of the study was to consider what part recommendations can play in aiding agencies and individuals "to learn lessons to improve the way in which they work both individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children" (HM Government 2010:246).

Responding to children and young people's disclosures of abuse

Paper that discusses the topic of children and young people’s disclosures of abuse. It outlines what is known through research and practice about how, why, what and when children and young people are likely to disclose. It offers suggestions for parents, family members, friends, professionals or others to help respond to children and young people at the time of disclosure and in the longer term.

Review of the multi-agency resource service (MARS) and the Scottish Child Care and Protection Network (SCCPN)

The Scottish Government Children and Families Analytical Service Unit conducted a review of both the MARS and the SCCPN with a view to informing future development and sustainability.

The aims of the review were to understand the effectiveness and impact of the MARS and the SCCPN activities to date (including any influence on national policy and local practice), and the extent towhich they are perceived to be providing good value for money.

The Munro review of child protection: final report – a child-centred system

Final report which sets out proposals for reform which, taken together, are intended to create the conditions that enable professionals to make the best judgments about the help to give to children, young people and families.

This involves moving from a system that has become over-bureaucratised and focused on compliance to one that values and develops professional expertise and is focused on the safety and welfare of children and young people.

'Don't make assumptions': children's and young people's views of the child protection system and messages for change

Research commissioned by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and carried out by a team from the University of East Anglia, it documents children and young people’s views of the child protection system and considers how these views might contribute to improving responses to abuse and neglect.

It aimed to gather the views of children and young people living with their parents, who all had a child protection plan in place. The research comes during a period when the child protection system in England is being reviewed.

Key Capabilities in Child Care Protection website

Following the successful completion of the Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection (2006) developed by the University of Dundee Centre for Child Care and Protection and the Institute. The Child Care and Protection Training and Development Project aimed to track and enhance the process of embedding key capabilities across social work qualifying programmes by identifying and sharing innovative practice, and this project was concluded in 2008.