child protection services

Time to listen: independent advocacy within the child protection process

Report that sets out clear evidence to show that strengthening access to advocacy can significantly improve the experience and safeguarding of children within the child protection system. It also shows that the lack of a clear legislative driver for advocacy in child protection means that the child’s voice is often not heard and effectively represented, potentially leaving them at risk.

Children's social work statistics Scotland, 2011-12

Details the social work statistics on looked-after children, child protection, and secure care and close support accommodation for 2011-12.

Action on neglect: a resource pack

Resource pack produced by a small team from the University of Stirling and Action for Children and the University of Dundee which draws on a year long process of knowledge exchange with three groups of practitioners and managers working with children in 
different areas of England.

The state of child neglect in the UK: recommendations for the UK government

Report based on the second in a series of annual reviews to gauge the scale of child neglect and monitor the effects of changes in national and local policy and practice.

Early Years Collaborative

The Early Years Collaborative was launched on 1 October 2012 at a multi-sector event hosted by Ministers, the Chief Medical Officer and COSLA as chairs of the Early Years Taskforce. Its objective is to accelerate the conversion of the high level principles set out in GIRFEC and the Early Years Framework into practical action.

This resource provides general information on the collaborative, as well as the latest updates.

National guidance for child protection in Scotland: guidance for health professionals in Scotland

Guidance that is supplementary to, and should be read in conjunction with the Scottish Government 'National guidance for child protection in Scotland 2010'. The guidance outlines key definitions and concepts, specifically a definition of what constitutes child abuse and neglect and harm/significant harm.

Listening to fathers: men's experience of child protection in Central Scotland

Report that is the outcome of a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship undertaken by Circle’s fathers’ worker Nick Smithers and the University of Edinburgh School of Social Work. The purpose of the practitioner research project was to elicit the views of fathers who have been involved in child protection processes through their child/ren being placed in foster care or placed on the child protection register.

Core competency framework for the protection of children

Protecting children from harm is a key issue for health and social care. The publication of the Scottish Government’s revised National Child Protection Guidance (2010) seeks to take account of recent policy and practice developments and to reflect the principles, values, and National Practice Model of the Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) approach.

Audit and analysis of Significant Case Reviews

Report that presents the findings from an audit and analysis of 56 Significant Case Reviews (SCRs) and 43 Initial Case Reviews (ICRs) conducted in Scotland since 2007.