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HMIE report - How well do we protect Scotlands children? A report on the findings of the joint inspections of services to protect children 2005-2009

30 November 2009

(Source: Foreword to the report) In the first few years of the 21st century there has been a series of reports and reviews of the circumstances leading to the deaths of several children. In each case the conclusions and recommendations were depressingly similar. There was a need for improved information-sharing between services and for improved recognition and assessment of risk. Poor decision-making by staff resulted from inadequate training or supervision. They focused on processes rather than outcomes. Beginning with For Scotland’s Children a series of authoritative reports made similar recommendations for the improvement of children’s services. They identified effective joint working as critical to underpinning improvements in child protection services.

In response to the concerns and recommendations in these reports Scottish Ministers announced a programme of reform which included the introduction of multidisciplinary inspections of child protection services. HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) was given the responsibility of leading this work in close cooperation with partner scrutiny bodies. On 10 September 2009, we published the final report in the first series of inspections.

This report, How well do we protect Scotland’s Children?, draws together the main messages from these inspections