New project to support care leavers.

29 July 2011

The project is called Re-designing Support for Care Leavers and is focused upon leaving care transitions for young people in Scotland. The new project will be working using co-productive methods to explore and develop ideas that respond to the kind of emotional and social support young people are looking for as they leave care. The project will also test these ideas in practise and evaluate both the process people involved work through, and the ideas application.

For more details on the project visit

The project will also be running and blog and twitter account,,

IRISSs Twitter account: @irissorg

Twitter hashtag #redesigningleavingcare.

New survey for kinship carers

29 July 2011

The new survey is run by Children 1st and supported by the Scottish Government. This survey aims to find out more about the sort of support kinship carers want and need. The survey will help to inform the national service on training provision, outreach and a helpline service offering practical and emotional support for carers.

Children 1st request your help, if you work or have contact with anyone caring for a child because their parents are no longer able to do so, please encourage them to take part.

You can take part in the survey online at or to get paper copies or alternative formats please contact the Children 1st policy team at or by calling 0131 446 3979.

Launching the new professional doctorate programme for 2011

29 July 2011

The new Professional Doctorate programme is designed for experienced professionals as a way to gain Doctoral recognition while working as a professional, promote career progression or perhaps open up interesting consultancy opportunities.

The SASS brochure provides more details on the proposed course modules and teaching methods. The Professional Doctorate programme is very flexible with a choice of tailored pathways for study: Housing; Social Work, Dementia Studies; Drug and Alcohol Studies; Crime and Criminal Justice and Social Research. The routes allow students to develop research skills and work with other professionals before completing an original research project.

If you are interested in finding out more download the brochure or contact Richard Simmons (, who will be happy to answer any questions

New training and guidance on Emotional Abuse

29 July 2011

The West of Scotland Child Protection Network has responded to the need for training and guidance on Emotional Abuse across the child protection spectrum. In 2007 the Network Conference focused on Emotional Abuse, and in 2009-2010 the Network convened a working group to draft some initial guidance which could be used across agencies.

Following on from this, the Network has been developing this draft further, and has also commissioned the development and delivery of specialist training on Emotional Abuse. Debbie Hindle and Danya Glaser have developed this on behalf of the West of Scotland Child Protection Network, and the training will be delivered by them over three days.

The first round of training has been arranged for November 2011, and will focus on frontline health, CAMHS and social work. It is hoped that, following delivery and evaluation, further days will be developed for other areas of the Child Protection Workforce.

  • Tuesday 1 November – Frontline Health Staff (including but not limited to Child Protection staff, Health Visitors, School Nurses, GPs, etc)

  • Wednesday 2 November – CAMHS practitioners

  • Thursday 3 November – Social Work practitioners

The training is open Nationally, and places are limited to around 50 each day. Venue details and costings have yet to be finalised, but the event will be held in Glasgow, and will be in the region of £60 per day.

Research grants for child protection research 2011

29 July 2011

BASPCAN has opened the 2011 Research Grant Awards for 2011 applicants. Applications for research must have a clear focus on child protection/safeguarding. BASPCAN will give preference to applications that are multi-disciplinary or multi-agency in nature.The grant can be used to fund new research or to provide a means to extend or develop existing research.

The research must not involve work that would normally be undertaken by an organisation as part of its regular monitoring processes. The grant will not cover any university overheads. Further information, the Research Grant Application Form and Eligibility Criteria are available on the BASPCAN website at

BASPCAN encourages members from all UK countries to apply for a grant, up to a maximum of £5,000. It is envisaged that two awards will be made in 2011.

Applications for the awards should be submitted along with a brief summary CV for all applicants (one page for each applicant maximum) to the BASPCAN National Office by email to by 5pm on Friday 23 September 2011, marked’ BASPCAN Research Awards’. A signed copy should also be posted to the BASPCAN National Office at 17 Priory Street, York YO1 6ET.

Any enquiries should be directed to BASPCAN National Office, by email to however, due to the small amount of funding no correspondence will be entered into in relation to initial research ideas. All applications will be considered by a BASPCAN Committee which will report to the National Executive Committee. The NEC will make final decisions regarding the awards and applicants will be notified by 18 November 2011.

Scotland's hidden victims of child trafficking

16 July 2011

The report on child trafficking was published by Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People (SCCYP) and the Centre for Rural Childhood, Perth College UHI earlier this year. Scotland: a safe place for child traffickers? reveals that even in the few cases where children have been correctly identified as victims of trafficking, the poor response to their needs and the lack of successful criminal prosecutions of the perpetrators, makes Scotland a welcome place for traffickers to operate.

The research revealed that awareness of child trafficking is low in Scotland; this lack of awareness may have led to a significant number of cases remaining unidentified, with vulnerable children not being referred to relevant agencies. These children may have been sold, stolen, taken off the streets and transported thousands of miles or sometimes given up by their families in the belief that they will have a better life elsewhere. While trafficked children may face sexual exploitation, other forms of abuse including forced labour, benefit fraud and domestic servitude may be just as common.

Based on the findings of the report, the Commissioner has made a series of recommendations for the UK Government, Scottish Government, local authorities, police forces and the UK Border Agency in Scotland.

The Commissioner’s recommendations include that;

  • The UK Government should urgently review the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) with a view to strengthening multi-agency cooperation and appoint an independent Human Trafficking Rapporteur accountable to the UK parliament with a specific focus on children and young people

  • The Scottish Government should work with the police and local authorities to ensure that the investigation of child trafficking is resourced sufficiently. Fund and oversee training to ensure awareness among all relevant professionals of the indicators of child trafficking. They should also act as a lead for local authorities across Scotland, to ensure that nationally agreed procedures are being followed consistently at a local level.

  • Local authorities in Scotland should designate a lead manager on child trafficking to ensure clear coordination on all activities related to child trafficking - and greater awareness of the issue at a local level.

  • The Police should instigate investigations in all cases of suspected child trafficking without delay and without waiting for the victim to request an investigation.

  • The UK Border Agency in Scotland should urgently put in place joint protocols for working with all relevant agencies in relation to child trafficking.

The report can be downloaded in full from

Scottish Government seeks feedback on child protection statistics

08 July 2011

The Scottish Government Analytical Services Unit (Children and Families) is responsible for the publication of a number of Official and National Statistics publications. These reports provide regular statistics on children, young people and local authority social work staffing in Scotland.

The Service is currently inviting users to share their views on Child Protection Statistics produced by the Scottish Government. These statistics currently cover the number of child protection referrals, number of child protection referrals that resulted in a case conference, number of registrations, number of de-registrations and number of children on child protection registers.

The aim of this survey is to provide a greater understanding of the use made of child protection statistics, the needs of current and potential users and views of the current service provided. The Scottish Government are planning to review the Child Protection Statistics in light of the outcomes of the revised National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2010 and eliminate current inconsistencies in the statistics reported.

The Scottish Government Analytical Services Unit (Children and Families) would very much welcome your views and would appreciate if you could spare approximately 5-10 minutes to complete this survey which you can access at .

The deadline for responses is 29 July 2011.

Vacancy for National Adult Protection Co-ordinator

08 July 2011

This new two year post will be based in the Multi-Agency Resource Service (MARS) within the School of Applied Social Science at the University of Stirling. MARS is an innovative small unit which supports professionals and agencies working in child protection by developing communities of expertise and sharing practice knowledge. This post will help link adult protection policy, practice and research, and will strengthen links between adult and child protection.

The National Coordinator, will have a distinct remit to work across the adult protection field, including working closely with Adult Protection Committees. This will include working with APCs to build stronger local networks, and to improve the coordination, development and dissemination of best practice across the country, as well as promoting joint working between APCs.

Applicants for the post should have experience in adult protection service delivery and policy development, and be able to demonstrate the skills and tenacity needed to spearhead national improvement across a diverse sector.

Informal enquiries may be made to: Beth Smith, University of Stirling, on 01786 467725 or

Further particulars and an Application Form can be found online at

and are available from the HR & OD Department, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, telephone 01786 467028, fax 01786 466155 or email

Please Quote Reference no: 17309/7963

Closing date for applications is Friday, 12th August 2011 at 12 noon

Proposed new Early Years and Early Intervention legislation

07 July 2011

A statement from Angela Constance, Minister for Children and Young People is proposing new legislation, to support a shift from crisis management to effective prevention and early intervention in services for children and families.

Click here to view the full statement online

In the statement the Minister points to the growing evidence on the importance of the early years on later life chances for todays children and young people. The statement also considers the potential of economic benefits for services through short and long term early intervention.

Discussions regarding the scope of legislation are still at an early stage and a number of stakeholder events are planned to inform the decision making process.

The statement sets out four questions to gather thoughts from those working with children and young people:


Early years

  • Are there any areas where you believe legislation could help to hasten the development of early years services - either by promoting good practice or removing barriers to good practice?

  • Are there any areas where you believe legislation would actively hinder the development of effective early years services?

Getting it right for every child

  • Are there any areas where you believe legislation could help to hasten the pace of adoption of Getting it right - either by promoting good practice or removing barriers to good practice?

  • Are there any areas where you believe legislation would actively hinder the adoption of Getting it right?

You can email your thoughts to:

New journal from The Policy Press

07 July 2011

Families, Relationships and Societies (FRS) is a new social science journal designed to advance scholarship and debate in the growing field of families and relationships across the life course. It will explore family life, relationships and generational issues from interdisciplinary, social science perspectives, whilst maintaining a solid grounding in sociological theory and methods and a strong policy and practice focus. The title 'Families, Relationships and Societies' encompasses the fluidity, complexity and diversity of contemporary social and personal relationships and their need to be understood in the context of different societies and cultures.

The Joint Managing Editors are: Tess Ridge, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath and Brid Featherstone, National University of Ireland, Galway.

Sarah Cunningham Burley chairs the Editorial Management Board and Lynn Jamieson is also one of the Associate Editors. Kay Tisdall is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board.

More information about the journal is available on the The Policy Press website: