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National Inquiry into Historical Child Abuse

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance, on behalf of the Scottish Government, made a Parliamentary statement on 17 December 2014 announcing this Governments’ intention to hold a National Inquiry into Historical Child Abuse. This also set out this Governments’ strong commitment to engage with Survivors and relevant organisations to seek views on the Terms of Reference of the Inquiry, as well as the attributes of the Chair and Panel. The Scottish Government is now seeking views on a number of important questions, including what the Inquiry’s terms of reference should cover, and what attributes we should look for in a Chair and Panel for the Inquiry.

Child protection and response to historic child abuse

Young people with hands on footballNational Action Plan on Child Sexual Exploitation

The Minister for Children & Young People established an expert working group on CSE that reported with initial recommendations in 2013. The group has developed a comprehensive multiagency National Action Plan on Child Sexual Exploitation, taking account of the widespread work being carried out in this area, including the Public Petitions Committees report published in January. The National Action Plan marks a milestone in our conversation, not a conclusion.
National Action Plan on Child Sexual Exploitation (11 Nov 2014)

Safeguarding Scotland’s vulnerable children from child abuse (11 Nov 2014)Safeguarding Scotland’s vulnerable children from child abuse:
A review of the Scottish system

A review of Scotland’s approach to child protection services, specifically considering the safeguards put in place, the impact of the Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) approach, developments in preventing Child Sexual Exploitation, and the implementation of the recommendations of the Shaw Review into systematic abuse in residential care published in 2007.
Safeguarding Scotland’s vulnerable children from child abuse (11 Nov 2014)

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