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New Child Protection Guidance for Voluntary, Private and Community Groups in East Renfrewshire

30 April 2013

East Renfrewshire Child Protection Committee are celebrating the publication of their new Child Protection Guidance for Voluntary, Private and Community Groups in East Renfrewshire. Caren McLean, Lead Officer Child Protection said “The Voluntary, Private and Community Group members are delighted to be able to offer all groups who hold activities for children and young people in our communities revised child protection guidance to ensure children and young people are safe and protected from harm or abuse, whilst undertaking activities that encourage them to develop and grow”.

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Updated GOPR

Scottish Government | 29 April 2013

The Scottish Government has refreshed Getting Our Priorities Right, the good practice framework for child and adult service practitioners working with vulnerable children affected by problematic parental alcohol and/or drug use. The update fully reflects the GIRFEC approach and focuses on early intervention and 'whole family'.

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UPDATE - Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and North East of Scotland Learning Together Training and Pilot Project

24 April 2013

SCIE Learning Together is a model for multi-agency child protection case reviews. It uses a ‘systems’ approach to understand and learn from professional practice. Well established in other areas such as industry and health, this approach is new in the child protection field. More information on the SCIE Learning Together model of conducting SCRs: 

In collaboration with North East Scotland Child Protection Committee (NES CPC), we are supporting the first Scottish cohort of staff currently undergoing training to become SCIE accredited Lead Reviewers. The collaboration is underpinned by partnership funding from NES CPC, WithScotland and Scottish Government and the process is overseen by a Project Group. 

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Update on Refresh Of National Child Protection Guidance

24 April 2013

Thank you to everyone who responded to the consultation. The consultation closed on 31 March 2013 and 37 separate responses were received. This includes 17 from Child Protection Committees. 

The Steering Group met in early April to review the responses and agree specific actions in terms of points of clarification. A number of amendments have been suggested in respect of recent changes to legislation and other guidance and all of these were accepted by the Steering Group.

Some responses suggested that the National Guidance needs to reflect the language of the Children and Young People’s Bill and while we accept the need to be consistent, the Guidance is designed for current use and amendments therefore have to be proportionate.

Many responses suggested new areas of risk and harm to children that should be included and there was also good supporting evidence in some responses. These will all be considered fully. The Scottish Government Child Protection Policy Team is now collating the responses and the Steering Group will meet again on 21 May to agree the recommendations that will be put forward in the subsequent report. 

For further information please contact withscotland@stir.ac.uk 

Women Risk Surrogacy Exploitation

23 April 2013

Researchers have warned that there is no guidance or legislation on what hospitals should do when they are discharging babies born to surrogate mothers. Consultant obstetricians who reviewed current practice in UK hospitals said the lack of rules put mothers and children at risk.  

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What Are The Barriers To Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation

23 April 2013

The barriers in tackling the sexual exploitation of children are to be explored by the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee. The Committee is continuing its investigation into the effectiveness of current guidelines and practices in place to address and prevent the sexual exploitation of children. The Committee now wants to hear from those bodies working to tackle this important issue to help understand the difficulties which exist in relation to the identification, disruption and prosecution of the perpetrators of child sexual exploitation.  

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CELCIS Recruiting New Independent Chair

23 April 2013

CELCIS is seeking to appoint an Independent Chair to take over when our current Chair completes their term in office this year. The Chair has a key focus on the governance of CELCIS, and plays the role of ‘statesman’, advocate, champion and mediator, with a driving ambition for improvement of the sector.

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Childcare Legislation After Six Year Wait

The Herald | 23 April 2013

THE Scottish Government has published legislation guaranteeing 600 hours of free nursery care for three- and four-year-olds, six years after the SNP's pledge. The Children and Young People Bill, unveiled yesterday, will also increase protection for vulnerable youngsters by requiring health boards and councils to appoint named health and social workers to support them. The childcare guarantee is expected to start in April 2014. It was first promised in the SNP's 2007 election manifesto.  

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Tougher Inspections For Nurseries And Childminders

BBC | 23 April 2013

Nurseries and childminders in England will face tougher inspections under proposals expected to be announced by Ofsted later. Under the plans, childcare providers currently classed as "satisfactory" will be dubbed "requiring improvement" and undergo extra inspections. The move replicates changes made to school inspection ratings last year.  

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Information Commissioner updates guidance on information sharing

23 April 2013

Update from the Information Commissioner's office with guidance on information sharing between services under existing law where a child's wellbeing is at risk.

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See Hear: A strategic framework for meeting the needs of people with a sensory impairment in Scotland

23 April 2013

The Scottish Government is consulting on the Sensory Impairment Strategy and would like to hear your views. There are consultation events in Perth (9 May), Glasgow (10 May), Edinburgh (13 May) and Inverness (15 May). 

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Report Wants Focus On Child Poverty

22 April 2013

SCOTTISH Labour has outlined 12 policy priorities to tackle child poverty in a new report.  The plan – which includes expanding affordable childcare – will be sent to the Scottish and UK governments with an offer to work together on its implementation. Labour wants children being brought up in poverty to receive extra help with reading and writing at school. Other policy priorities include "tackling fuel poverty aggressively" by improving insulation, promoting credit unions and extending the living wage. 

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Health inequalities briefings for Community Planning Partnerships

19 April 2013

NHS Health Scotland has produced a suite of briefings designed to support Community Planning Partnerships take action to reduce or mitigate the impact of inequalities on health.

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New Bill will aid children and young people

Scottish Government | 18 April 2013

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill is published today. Among a range of measures, 3 and 4 year old children will, for the first time in Scotland, be entitled to 600 hours of funded early learning and childcare.

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National Stalking Awareness Day - 18th April 2013

18 April 2013

The Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership, Glasgow Community and Safety Services, Action Scotland Against Stalking and Rape Crisis Scotland are pleased to launch a social media based campaign to raise awareness of stalking behaviour and where to go for help.  

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Care watchdog: We must learn from child deaths

The Herald | 16 April 2013

Lessons can be learned from the deaths of 30 children in care in Scotland recorded between 2009 and 2011, according to Scotland's care watchdog. In a report looking at the deaths of children looked after by local authorities, the Care Inspectorate said 21 boys and nine girls had died during the three-year period.

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Kinship carers prepare for battle

Glasgow Local News | 16 April 2013

More than a dozen Kinship Carers groups have formed a Scottish Kinship Carers Alliance to fight the ‘institutionalised discrimination’ experienced by the young relatives they look after. Glasgow City’s Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, welcomed more than 170 people who are concerned about the legal rights being denied the children – often their own grandchildren – in their care.  

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NHS Health Scotland briefing on Child Poverty

16 April 2013

This briefing is one of an occasional series which explore topics of current interest and provides an introduction to concepts and current thinking. It explores child poverty and its relationship to health and wellbeing.

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IRISS - this is where it starts collection

IRISS | 16 April 2013

This overview report explores learning from seven case studies of work with children and parents in the early years (pre-birth to eight years old). The case studies are based on in-depth interviews with those working with children and parents in the early years to uncover what professionals perceive supports positive outcomes, early intervention and prevention.  

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Guidance On The Involvement Of GPs In Multi-Agency Protection Arrangements

15 April 2013

This guidance has been produced by the Scottish Government to help support the involvement of GPs in adult protection. It is designed to ensure that GPs are part of local multi-agency arrangements for adult protection.

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SCCYP research on Child Contact Proceedings for Children Affected by Domestic Abuse

SCCYP | 15 April 2013

This briefing paper provides an overview of preliminary research work carried out for Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People. The Commissioner identified the issue of safe contact as particularly important to children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse.

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Learning disability support

Ellon Times | 15 April 2013

The North-east public is being invited to help shape the future of learning disability support. Aberdeenshire Council is encouraging local residents to have their say on the ongoing support of people with learning disabilities. The proposed Adult Learning Disability Joint Commissioning Framework has been developed by the Aberdeenshire Learning Disability Partnership which includes representatives from the council’s Housing and Social Work Service.

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Scottish Child Law Centre Open Training Programme

15 April 2013

The Scottish Child Law Centre’s new Open Training Programme for Spring-Summer 2013 is now available. The programme covers a wide range of legal issues relating to children and young people in Scotland.

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Report linking GIRFEC to the UNCRC

Scottish Government | 15 April 2013

A report by Professor Jane Aldgate reviews how embedding the Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) approach supports implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The Scottish Government believe that the implementation of the GIRFEC approach to children's services gives us an opportunity to make the UNCRC a reality in Scotland. The report was published on 26th March 2013, ahead of the Children and Young People Bill which will have a section dedicated to achieving more effective rights for children and young people. The Bill is set to be introduced to the Scottish Parliament in early summertime.

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Wave Trust Report

15 April 2013

Conception to age 2 – the age of opportunity contains recommendations to guide both national and local decision-makers and commissioners in reducing the causes of disadvantage at the earliest and most effective point in life.

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Monitoring and evaluating reintegration programmes for children in Scotland

CFRC | 15 April 2013

The Centre for Rural Childhood, University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in Scotland is developing a toolkit to help organisations monitor and evaluate reintegration programmes for children.

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Raising Children With Confidence: training parents, carers and staff

Parenting Across Scotland | 15 April 2013

The Growing Confidence initiative aims to promote positive mental health and emotional wellbeing by training parents, carers and practitioners to run Raising Children With Confidence courses, and will now run Scotland-wide.

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From Act to Practice - the Children’s Hearings System

15 April 2013

Cl@n Childlaw and CELCIS are running free half-day information seminars in locations across Scotland for all those who come into contact with the Children's Hearings System. 

 Commissioned by the Scottish Government, the seminars highlight the changes to the current Children’s Hearings System coming into force with the implementation of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 in June 2013. These changes will impact on you if you come into contact with the Hearings System.  

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'New Technologies And Child Protection' IRISS FM Recordings

IRISS | 15 April 2013

On 1st March 2013, IRISS.FM attended the ‘New technologies and child protection’ conference which was held at the Scottish Police College in Tulliallan. It was hosted by WithScotland in partnership with the Criminal Justice Social Work Development Centre and Youth Justice National Development Team. The event explored the challenges of, and solutions to, protecting children, given the emergence of social media and other technologies.

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GIRFEC CPD Module

15 April 2013

The University of Stirling is inviting applications for a  GIRFEC CPD Module "Getting It Right For Every Child". The module is suitable for anyone who works with children, young people and their families, eg, health, education, social service and voluntary sectors.

For additional information, costs, or to apply, please contact:  nmcpd@stir.ac.uk or visit the website 

Children’s social workers ‘not giving enough weight’ to adult teams’ safeguarding concerns

Community Care | 13 April 2013

Children’s social work teams failed to respond appropriately to over a fifth of referrals from adult services that raised substantial concerns over the impact of parental mental health issues, a review has found. A joint Ofsted/Care Quality Commission (CQC) analysis of 105 case records from nine local authorities found that children’s teams had wrongly made an initial decision to “take no further action” in more than one in five cases where the level of concern raised by adult mental health services merited a response.

In half of those cases, adult social workers were forced to make “repeated referrals” before children’s social care teams decided to take action, inspectors found. In some cases children’s services had “not given enough weight” to concerns raised by adults practitioners, while in others the concerns had not been communicated clearly enough by adult teams.

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