All children in Scotland have the right to be protected from abuse or neglect. We are ensuring that effective child protection procedures are in place wherever there is a likelihood or risk of a child coming to significant harm.


We are taking forward the Child Protection Improvement Programme (CPIP) to make improvements in all areas of child protection, including:

We are also:


Everyone has a role to play in child protection, not just core professionals. There were more than 2,700 children on the child protection register in July 2016.

Child protection is part of Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) – our national approach to improving outcomes and supporting the wellbeing of children and young people.

Bills and legislation

The Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 includes measures to impose tougher penalties on perpetrators of human trafficking and a higher standard of care to victims of human trafficking.



Telephone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

Scottish Government
Child Protection Policy Team
Care and Protection, Area 2A (N)
Victoria Quay