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This website also has a range of information on child protection issues for the public and children themselves, with useful links to other websites offering child protection advice.

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Awareness raising campaign on child sexual exploitation

The Scottish Government is running a four week marketing campaign from 28 January 2016 to raise awareness of what child sexual exploitation (CSE) is, improve public understanding, and empower those with concerns to act upon them. The national campaign will have a new TV advert – a UK first in terms of targeting parents on the subject of CSE – supported by outdoor and digital advertising, a new website, and PR activity.
Find out more on the csethesigns.scot website

Strengthening support for vulnerable children and young people

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance MSP, made a speech to the International Federation of Social Workers on Monday 7 September 2015. She acknowledged in the speech that there are considerable strengths and positives in Scotland’s child protection system and that Scotland has a highly skilled workforce. However, she highlighted that the Brock Report (November 2014) and the Care Inspectorate’s Triennial Review (August 2015) highlighted areas of concern which must be tackled and announced that the Scottish Government will develop a programme of action to strengthen the support for vulnerable children and young people in Scotland. This will be done in partnership with those working in the sector and the Cabinet Secretary will return to Parliament in February 2016 to update MSPs on how this work will be taken forward.
Read the Cabinet Secretary's speech to the International Federation of Social Workers
Read the news release on the progress on the Brock report and CSE national action plan

Progress on Brock report and CSE national action plan

This report is the first step in the programme of action to strengthen the support for vulnerable children and young people announced by Ms Constance on 7 September 2015. The report provides an update on progress made in protecting vulnerable children and young people in Scotland in the past year in respect of the Brock Report “Safeguarding Scotland’s vulnerable children from child abuse” and the National Action Plan to Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Both reports were published in November 2014 and included recommendations on how to improve the safety of children and ensure children’s services were working well together.

This report highlights the progress made since last year, including:

  • A summit held in February bringing together local authorities, health boards and Child Protection Committee Chairs to share best practice. Another will be held in February 2016.
  • A steering group established to oversee the implementation of the Brock recommendations.
  • Police Scotland’s National Child Abuse Investigation Unit is now fully operational.
  • A national public awareness campaign on CSE launching in January 2016.
  • A programme of work to raise awareness of CSE amongst night time economy workers beginning next year.

Read the progress report on the national action plan and Brock report

Revised Significant Case Reviews Guidance

The revised guidance aims to improve consistency and practice and takes account of all changes in policy, practice and legislation. It replaces the National interim guidance for undertaking SCRs published in 2007.

A Significant Case Review (SCR) is a multi-agency process for establishing the facts of a situation where a child has died or been significantly harmed, within a child protection context, in order to learn lessons on how to better protect children and young people in Scotland.

National interim guidance for undertaking SCRs was introduced in 2007. However, a key finding of a research study, commissioned by the Scottish Government in 2012, found that there was inconsistency in the way in which reviews were being undertaken across Scotland and recommended that the SCR guidance be revised.

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