child protection services

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.

This guide is one of a series published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). SCIE guides are one-stop shops for social care practitioners, presenting key findings, current legislation and examples of what is working well to guide and inform practice. Guide published in January 2009.

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.

Report that illustrates and evaluates the features of best practice in safeguarding, based on inspection evidence from the 19% of all maintained primary, secondary and special schools, residential special schools and pupil referral units inspected between September 2009 and July 2010 where safeguarding had been judged outstanding.

It also draws on a more detailed analysis and evaluation of safeguarding practice in a small sample of outstanding schools visited by Her Majesty’s Inspectors.

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.

Study that seeks to identify cases where parenting difficulties are (perhaps loosely) assessed by child protection workers as constituting a ‘parental mental health problem’ and what criteria child protection workers use to assess these cases.

Report of a seminar entitled, The ecology of judgement in child welfare and protection. The event was held at the Univeristy of Stirling on the 19th October, 2010, and was part-funded by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) and organised by the Scottish Child Care and Protection Network (SCCPN).

Report from the Child Protection All Party Parliamentary Group, which draws out the key messages from the evidence received, and sets out recommendations for government.

The Local Government Group commissioned The National Foundation for Educational Research in England and Wales (NFER) to undertake an independent research study to draw out key messages and learning from the safeguarding children peer review programme. Telephone interviews were conducted with staff from five local authorities and their partners, as well as with a range of peers from the review teams of those local authorities. Interviews were carried out between August 2010 and February 2011.