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SEED Sponsored Research: Protecting Children in Scotland: An investigation of Risk Assessment and Inter-Agency Collaboration in the Use of Child Protection Orders


Interview schedule


The specific focus of the interviews was to explore:

  • how managers and practitioners define what constitutes 'significant harm'
  • thresholds for intervention
  • the process of risk assessment
  • what models of assessment are currently used to inform practice
  • what models are useful in different circumstances
  • the contribution of other professionals and agencies in the CPO application process
  • what information is shared
  • who contributes to the assessment process
  • how are decisions taken.

To this end, interviews, although targeted at specific categories of interviewees, covered the following key topics:

Process of Child Protection Order Procedures
Defining Terms
Timetable of Child Protection Order Procedures
Joint Working
Accountability of Child Protection Order Procedures
Child Protection Committee