The publication of the two Child Protection reports on the 2nd of March was welcomed by our stakeholders as indicated in the comments below:
Councillor Stephanie Primrose, COSLA’s Education, Children and Young People Spokesperson :
“The issue of child protection is of utmost importance to our members and it is only right that this matter receives political scrutiny at both a local and national level.
“That is why I fully I welcome today’s report on both the systems review and the wider CPIP report.
“As illustrated in last week’s Improvement Service benchmarking report, our spend on child protection is the fastest growing area of council spend and proves how much effort and resource we put into this area.
“Our job is to get it right for every child - especially those who are the most vulnerable - and COSLA will work with SG to make sure we continue to improve these vital services across the country.”
Elaine Torrance – Social Work Scotland President:
”Social Work Scotland welcomed the opportunity to be part of the Child Protection Improvement Programme and in particular to participate in the System Review. We are pleased with the progress made so far, including the development of a national register and the recognition of the importance of the role of the Chief Social Work Officer in protecting children. We remain hopeful that the work being undertaken as part of the neglect work stream will help us to better understand and support children and young people and their families in these circumstances.
“There is still much work to be done and we look forward to working with the Scottish Government and partners in progressing the next phase of the Programme, to ensure that children and young people in Scotland (and their families) are given the support they need, when they need it to help keep them safe from harm.”
Karen Reid - Care Inspectorate Chief Executive:
“Every child in Scotland has the right to be and feel safe, to have their needs met and to be respected.
“As the Care Inspectorate develops world-class systems of care scrutiny for Scotland, the protection of children and young people continues to be at the heart of all that we do.
“We were pleased to be closely involved in this child protection systems review and welcome the report.
“We look forward to playing a role in ensuring that child protection systems are open and transparent and have continuous improvement and learning at their core.
“We are particularly pleased to note that this report strengthens the role of the Care Inspectorate in supporting better learning from Significant Case Reviews and we look forward to developing this work further.”
Anne Houston OBE FRSA, Chair, Child Protection Committees Scotland:
“At Child Protection Committees Scotland we welcomed our involvement in the child protection system review. It was a challenging timescale but we were impressed by the consultation process which maximised opportunities for CPCs and others to provide feedback on what is currently working well to protect children and young people and what could benefit from change. There is always room for improvement in any system and the recommendations that have been made will support that improvement for vulnerable children and families when implemented.”