child protection services

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.

The Kilbrandon report

The Kilbrandon report was, and still remains, one of the most influential policy statements on how a society should deal with 'children in trouble'. Though it is now over thirty years since it was first published, current debate about child care practices and polices in Scotland still resonates with principles and philosophies derived from the Kilbrandon Report itself.

No Boundaries : Tayside Domestic Abuse and Substance Misuse Project : A Practice Guide

In 2006/07 Tayside Police recorded 3709 incidents of domestic abuse (Scottish Government, 2007). However, it is widely acknowledged that this figure represents the tip of the iceberg in terms of the number of women, children and young people affected by domestic abuse across Tayside.

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.

Responding to Lord Laming's recommendation for further guidance on effective practice for Local Safeguarding Children Boards: a summary outline for consultation and a call for evidence

Lord Laming published The Protection of Children in England: A Progress Report on 12 March 2009. In his report Lord Laming recommended that “The Department for Children, Schools and Families must provide further guidance to Local Safeguarding Children Boards on how to operate as effectively as possible following the publication of the Loughborough University research on Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs)”.The publication of this summary outline builds on the progress already made in addressing Lord Laming’s recommendations.

Achieving best evidence in criminal proceedings: guidance for vulnerable or intimidated witnesses, including children: volume 1

The Government is committed to improving the protection during the criminal justice process for vulnerable or intimidated witnesses, including children. This document is issued as part of ‘Action for Justice’, the implementation programme for the ‘Speaking Up for Justice’ report. Following the report, the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 set out a range of special measures to assist vulnerable or intimidated witnesses, including children to give their best evidence in criminal proceedings.

Parents with learning disabilities - the lived experience : a study for Equal Say, Glasgow

Report of a study which aimed to establish the likely demand for advocacy services to support parents with a learning disability living in the community, demonstrate the lived experiences of parents with a learning disability and report examples of good practice in supporting parents with a learning disability.

Children's Hearings System

The topics in this report include: an overview of how the Children's Hearings system works; experiences of the premises used for hearings; the deliberations of the hearings which were observed; the excellent training programme for panel members; the changing role of reporters; concerns about resources available to service the system; legal aid and representation; and a summary of recommendations.

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.