For some families leaving a child alone is a necessity because of lack of other options. For others it is a symptom of parental neglect. Understanding the differences between these situations is a challenge for child protective services agencies. This is the report of a study to examine how local child welfare agencies respond when they receive reports of children who are taking care of themselves.
This Framework builds on the good work already underway across Scotland and illustrates progress with actions in support of our shared objectives.
This review, commissioned by the government, is the first of an ongoing series of national overview studies of Serious Case Reviews. Its aim was simple - to draw out the key findings of a sample of such case reviews, and their implications for policy and practice.
This report contains a summary and recommendations from the Public Inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbie.
This short training scenario was originally used in the context of introductory child protection training. It gives brief information from which participants are asked to identify what they are concerned about and what they would do next. A school is concerned about the behaviour of a disabled child.
This study of home supervision conducted from 2000-2002 was commissioned by the Scottish Executive. The research team obtained data from social work case records; reporters; panel members; teachers; social workers; families; a national data set of children on home supervision; and key informants in local authorities. The overall aim of the study was to examine the effectiveness of home supervision in promoting beneficial changes in the life of the child.
Report of a study which evaluated the evidence for the effectiveness of family-based support of early learning in improving outcomes for children.
This report provides guidance on the support available to young runaways; analysis of reasons and risks; statistical information; procedures for professionals and examples of good practice.
Report examining the experiences of disabled parents and their families and assessing how well local council policies, services and practices are providing appropriate support in line with their responsibilities under existing government policy and legislation.
Child of Our Time is one of the programmes available on the Open2.net website, which is the online learning portal from the Open University and the BBC. The programme's presenter Robert Winston returns to the children born in the year 2000 to discover how they're developing. The children are now learning right from wrong, discovering about happiness - and, for some, adjusting to no longer being an only child.