PAAG Statement Regarding Historic Abuse Inquiry

Public Awareness Advisory Group | 29 May 2015

The Public Awareness Advisory Group (PAAG) for Child Protection in Scotland welcomes the announcement yesterday from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning giving detail of the public inquiry into historic abuse of children in care.  

We appreciate the extent of the consultation which has taken place which has led to the broader remit of the inquiry which will now consider all settings where children were cared for away from their families. Everyone has the right to be protected from harm and we are encouraged that this inquiry will lead to greater protection of children in the care system in the future.

The abuse of children, however, sadly also takes place in families and communities and it is essential a focus on past issues and care away from home does not deflect attention from the priority to afford protection to these children now.

Norman Dunning, chair of the PAAG and an independent child protection chair commented: "I am much encouraged by the commitment of the Cabinet Secretary to tackle this area of child abuse and the way she has consulted widely. It is essential, though, that everyone continues to give priority to the protection of children in immediate danger, many of whom cannot speak up for themselves and whose problems can be hidden from sight.

If you are worried that a child in your community is at risk, please report your concern to the local council. Details for how to do this can be found on the public information page of the WithScotland website. If you fear a child is in immediate danger, call 999 and report it to the police. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep our children safe.


For more information please contact WithScotland on 01786 466300

New Going To A Children's Hearing Film

SCRA | 19 May 2015

SCRA has produced a new ‘Going to a Children’s Hearing’ film. The short film is aimed at helping to prepare children and young people who are going to a Hearing for the first time. SCRA also has a small number of hard copies available which we can send out on request. A British Sign Language version of the film is also available which includes subtitles. Jennifer Orren, SCRA’s Participation Officer, said: “We are committed to improving the way we communicate with children and young people. We also want to ensure that our information materials are as appealing to children and young people. “We know it can be a daunting experience going to a Hearing and we want to ensure children and young people are as prepared as they can be. “Our new film gives an overview of going to a Children’s Hearing for the first time from a young person’s point of view. Going to a Hearing can be difficult to explain, but we think we have managed to provide a snap shot of the system, giving children and young people the key points.”

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National Children’s Day UK!

13 May 2015

Sunday 17th May 2015 will be National Children's Day UK: a day to celebrate children's rights! This year, celebrations will focus on the importance of play and playfulness to the health and wellbeing of both children and adults. Children's Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 1954 as a day of worldwide understanding between children. The Assembly suggested to governments that the day be observed on a date and in a way that each considers appropriate. Children's Day is recognised on various days in many places around the world. The UK also takes part in International Children's Day on the 20th of November - the United Nations nominated day

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