Planning in Child Protection - take part in a survey

01 September 2014

Anne Beattie, Practitioner in Residence at IRISS, is leading a project entitled Planning in Child Protection, which will consider ways of working in a more inclusive, collaborative way with children and their families, as well as ways to work more effectively in partnership with other agencies. 

It will also consider whether the Signs of Safety approach to child protection has a role to play in making plans more effective. The project is supported by Social Work Scotland. It is anticipated that the final report will assist with further development of positive outcomes for children and young people across Scotland.

As part of the project, Anne is conducting a survey into local authority practitioners’ views to identify factors which contribute to effective, child-focussed SMART plans for children. Please feel free to circulate to relevant departments and colleagues within local authorities.

Access the survey  - individuals and organisations will not be identified in the final report. 

The survey will close on Monday, 22nd September 2014.  

Charity urges abuse inquiry appointment

BBC News | 29 August 2014

A children's charity has accused the government of "dragging its heels" over its historical child abuse inquiry, saying the Rotherham scandal is "the tip of the iceberg". Barnardo's chief executive Javed Khan urged the government to announce who would lead the inquiry and its remit.  

Baroness Butler-Sloss stood down as chair of the inquiry in July. The Home Office said it was being "thorough" and would announce a new chair "as soon as possible".

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Parents face postcode lottery over childcare provision

The Herald | 29 August 2014

WORKING parents face a postcode lottery in childcare as research reveals that six local authorities in Scotland are failing to provide enough places for children age five to 11.  

Edinburgh, East Ayrshire, Moray, Western Isles, Shetland, and Orkney councils are all falling short of targets on out-of-school childcare provision, according to data compiled by the Family and Childcare Trust.

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