interagency cooperation

Aiming for excellence: a White Paper - modernising social work services in Scotland

This paper sets out the government's proposals for improving the quality of social work services provided, offering better safeguards for those being cared for and strengthening professional standards. Two key proposals of this document: Creation of a new body - the Scottish Social Services Council - which will register the workforce, put in place a code of conduct and standards to support them, raise professional and training standards, and so raise service standards.

Mapping Sure Start Scotland

This summary report maps the development of services funded through Sure Start Scotland based on information provided by local authorities. The mapping exercise was carried out by a team at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) commissioned by the Scottish Executive.

Protecting children: a shared responsibility - guidance on inter-agency co-operation

This guidance sets out how agencies and professionals should work together to protect children from abuse and neglect, and to safeguard and promote their welfare. It identifies the roles and tasks of different professionals and agencies involved in tackling child abuse and neglect, and it outlines the role of local Child Protection Committees.

Perth and Kinross Child Protection Committee Annual Report : 2005-2006 and Business Plan : 2006-2007

This is the second annual report of the Perth and Kinross Child Protection Committee (CPC) and it sets out the wide range of work which has been undertaken by partner agencies in the past year to evaluate, strengthen and develop services to protect children and young people in Perth and Kinross. Significant achievements include wide ranging campaigns and initiatives to raise awareness about child protection and what to do if you have concerns about the safety of a child.

National care standards: adoption agencies

The national care standards for adoption agencies have been developed to ensure that the services they provide are of high quality. They provide comprehensive guidance on the expected duty of care and service that adoption agencies should provide throughout the adoption process.

Professional and Agency Roles and Responsibilities in Child Protection : It’s Everyone’s Job

This is a small group training exercise involving allocation of responsibilities to agencies involved in protecting children.

It should be completed with a large group plenary for discussion and ‘unpacking’ the issues which arise. It is best used in multi-agency training programmes.

Working together to safeguard children

Document that sets out a national framework of guidance on how all agencies and professionals should work together to promote children's welfare and protect them from abuse and neglect.

It is aimed at those who work in the health and education services, the police, social services, the probation service, and others whose work brings them into contact with children and families.

It is relevant to those working in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors. It replaces the previous version of Working Together Under the Children Act 1989, which was published in 1991.

Parental substance misuse and the effects on children

This guidance has been developed for practitioners in Newcastle working with children and families and/or adults who have care of children where substance misuse is a factor, which affects their lives. It has been produced in response to the increasing problem of substance misuse and particularly the rising number of children who are referred into the child protection arena due to parental substance misuse.

Protecting Children and Young People in Highland. Highland Child Protection Committee Annual Report : April 2005 – March 2006

This is the second report submitted to the Scottish Executive in line with the Guidance for Child Protection Committees published in January 2005. It is a review of key policy and work over the past year.