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Protecting children and young people

All of our children and young people deserve the best possible start in life. Their rights should be respected, their voices heard and public services sensitive to their individual needs.

The Scottish Government is working to ensure our children, young people and families get the protection and support they need, at the time they really need it. To find out more, please follow the topic links below.

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  • Children's hearings

    Making sure that children and young people who offend and those who require care and protection are equally deserving to be considered as children in need

  • Looked After Children

    Ensuring that all looked after children and care leavers get the support they need to become healthy, confident and responsible members of their communities

  • Child protection

    Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people, keeping them happy, healthy and safe from harm