New National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland

Year: 2021
Topic: Child protection
Author: Scottish Government

Replacing the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland, last published in 2014, this revised guidance describes the responsibilities and expectations of everyone who works with, or comes into contact with, children and young people, families and carers in Scotland. It sets out how agencies should work together with children and young people, families, carers and communities to protect children and young people from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The guidance reflects understanding of current best practice and is informed by extensive engagement with children, young people and families, practitioners, and other relevant agencies and stakeholder groups, and learning from inspections, research and child protection cases. Bringing together a range of materials, research evidence, guidance and training, the guidance is a practical resource to help leaders responsible for child protection and their colleagues to create the readiness, planning, and design to enhance and implement new ways for agencies to work together.

CELCIS was one of a number of stakeholder organisations that formed the National Child Protection in Scotland Steering Group, which worked to plan, oversee, and facilitate the drafting of the guidance.