child protection services

Social justice begins with babies The first annual report of Scotland’s coalition supporting Putting the Baby IN the Bath Water

Putting the Baby IN the Bath Water is coalition of 98 organisations and individuals focused exclusively on two issues:

  1. the primary prevention of harm (i.e. keeping bad things from happening in the first place);
  2. the first 1,001 days of life (from pre-birth to preschool).

The coalition was a significant influence on the content of the Children and Young People Act 2014.  This report outlines its impact on the Act and what it has achived since.

National guidance for child protection in Scotland 2014

Guidance for all practitioners including those working in: children and family social work; health; education; residential care; early years; youth services; youth justice; police; independent and third sector; and adult services who might be supporting parents with disabled children or involved in the transition between child and adult services.

Independent Jersey Care Inquiry

A 'robust and fearless' investigation into the abuse of children in the island’s care system over many decades.

Disabled children and child protection in Scotland

An investigation into the relationship between professional practice, child protection and disability.

In March 2013 the Scottish Government appointed researchers from the University of Edinburgh/NSPCC Child Protection Research Centre and the University of Strathclyde, School of Social Work and Social Policy, to investigate the relationship between disabled children and child protection practice. Through interviews and focus groups, the researchers spoke with 61 professionals working on issues of disabled children and child protection in Scotland.

What social workers do in performing child protection work: evidence from research into face-to-face practice

Little research has been done into what social workers do in everyday child protection practice. This paper outlines the broad findings from an ethnographic study of face-to-face encounters between social workers, children and families, especially on home visits.

Serious Case Review: No 2014/C5019

Details the case of Child D, who was just under three weeks old, and was admitted to hospital with multiple serious injuries in October 2012. Medical advice was that these injuries had been inflicted. Child D’s mother, Ms E, a woman in her early twenties, was arrested.

Daniel Pelka review retrospective: deeper analysis and progress report on implemetation of recommendations

Following publication of the serious case review into the death of Daniel Pelka, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families wrote to the Chair of Coventry Safeguarding Children Board on 16th September 2013 requesting a deeper analysis of the reasons why practice failures had occurred.

Children and young people's views on child protection systems in Scotland

Review that considers the views and experiences of children and young people on child protection systems in Scotland. It aims to inform service delivery, communications on child protection and future potential ways to engage children and young people on this issue.

The findings of this review will form the basis for future research on gathering the views of children and young people on child protection systems in Scotland. 

Child protection services: findings of joint inspections 2009-12

Report that provides a high level overview of the findings of the second programme of joint inspections of child protection services carried out across all 32 council areas in Scotland between August 2009 and March 2012.

These findings, taken in context and set against the findings of the first programme, highlight progress made across Scotland since Ministers first asked for scrutiny dedicated to improving outcomes for children in need of protection.