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Child Protection Improvement Programme Statement

On Thursday 2nd March the Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald MSP addressed parliament on the Child Protection Improvement Programme. This statement followed a year of work on the programme since it was formally announced to Parliament on 25th February 2016 by Angela Constance, then Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.

The statement and Q & A session that followed can be found in full here.

This statement coincided with the publication of two reports: the Scottish Government’s Child Protection Improvement Programme Report on its nine key areas of work and the Systems Review Reports Protecting Scotland's Children and Young People: It is Still Everyone's Job produced by its independent chair, Catherine Dyer.

During the statement, Mr McDonald, referenced these reports, outlined some of the key findings and recommendations contained as well as the steps that will be taken to implement these.


The Child Protection Improvement Programme is made up of 9 areas of work. These are neglect, Child Sexual Exploitation, Child Trafficking, data and evidence, systems review, children's hearings, leadership and workforce development, inspections and internet safety.

Child Protection Improvement Programme

On 25 February 2016 the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance, made a statement to Parliament announcing a programme of action on child protection.

We will review policy, practice, services and structures in our current child protection system to identify what works well and what could be improved, with a view to making recommendations by the end of this year. We will focus on:

  • Child Protection Committees
  • Initial Case Reviews
  • Significant Case Reviews
  • The Child Protection Register

This will be backed by increased scrutiny through a revised inspection programme, steps to promote and support leadership action to address the impact of neglect on children, work on data and evidence and consideration to the impact of changes to legislation and practice in the Children’s Hearings System.

You can find further information on the work being carried as part of the Child Protection Improvement Programme here.

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