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  1. Supporting Roots

    Scottish Government recognised there was a substantial evidence base developing around the needs of birth parents and family members, however service development in Scotland in response to these needs has been limited therefore the report was designed to support best practice and service innovation.

  2. Home education guidance: consultation analysis

    Summary and analysis of the responses received to the home education guidance consultation.

  3. Violence against women and girls funding review: analysis of responses

    Analysis of the responses to the Strategic Review of Funding and Commissioning of Violence Against Women and Girls Services call for evidence.

  4. Bairns' Hoose - Scottish Barnahus: vision, values and approach

    Sets out our vision of how Barnahus should be implemented in Scotland, the values which should underpin the model and our approach to its practical implementation.

  5. Use of physical intervention in schools

    Consultation on draft guidance.

  6. Victims’ consultation launches

    Putting people at the heart of the justice system.

  7. New Bairns’ Hoose appointment

    Post will drive improvements for children.

  8. Historical adoption practices

    Support for women and families affected.

  9. New vision for justice

    Victims placed at the heart of ensuring just, safe, and resilient communities.

  10. Redress Scotland

    Panel members appointed.

  11. Pledge on children’s rights

    Work on landmark legislation will continue.

  12. Supporting children in the justice system

    Improving services for victims and witnesses.

  13. Child welfare reporters and child contact services consultations: Scottish Youth Parliament report

    This report by the Scottish Youth Parliament contains responses from young people in relation to the Scottish Government consultations on child welfare reporters and the regulation of child contact services. This relates to the Children (Scotland) Act 2020.

  14. Financial redress for survivors of abuse in care

    Chair of independent body announced.

  15. Redress for Survivors

    Parliament backs plans for survivors of historical child abuse in care in Scotland.

  16. Preventing child sexual abuse and exploitation

    Drive to raise awareness of online dangers.  

  17. Supporting children and young people who may have experienced child sexual abuse - clinical pathway: consultation analysis

    An analysis of the responses to the consultation on the draft Clinical Pathway for healthcare professionals working to support children and young people who may have experienced child sexual abuse.

  18. Can Scotland be Brave – Incorporating UNCRC Article 12 in practice

    This project investigated how well practitioners, understood and implemented the full obligations of Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (‘UNCRC’).

  19. Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019: promotional materials

    Promotional materials to support the introduction of the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019.

  20. Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act factsheet: easy read version

    Physical punishment and physical discipline: how the law is changing (easy read version).

  21. Defence to assault on children removed

    Equal Protection from Assault Act comes into force.

  22. National guidance for child protection - revised: consultation

    Consultation on a revised version of the National Guidance for Child Protection to ensure it is consistent with the legislative and policy framework and current practice developments. The current version of the National Guidance for Child Protection was published in 2014.

  23. Physical punishment and discipline of children: how the law is changing

    Explains changes to the law covering the physical punishment and discipline of children, such as smacking.

  24. UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

    Bill to respect, protect and fulfil children’s rights.

  25. Redress for Survivors Bill published

    Legislation for survivors of historical child abuse in care in Scotland.

  26. Redress for abuse in care

    More than 400 advance payments made.

  27. National action plan to tackle child sexual exploitation: final report

    Sets out the range of achievements and activity delivered since 2016 to prevent and tackle child sexual exploitation.

  28. Supporting adult survivors of in care childhood abuse

    Additional funding to extend services.

  29. Raising the age of referral: consultation - easy read version

    Easy read version of the consultation seeking views on raising the age a young person can be referred to a children’s hearing.

  30. Raising the age of referral: consultation

    Consultation seeking views on raising the age a young person can be referred to a children’s hearing.

  31. Vulnerable children report: 15 May 2020

    This is the second report from the Scottish Government with SOLACE and other partners, on the impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown on children and families, and on the ways that services for children have responded. It identifies critical issues for services for children going forward.

  32. Help for childhood abuse victims

    Survivor support still available.

  33. Advocacy in the children's hearings system - national practice model: guidance

    National practice model for children's advocacy in the children’s hearings system.

  34. Financial redress for historical child abuse in care: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to the pre-legislative consultation on the detailed design of a statutory redress scheme for historical child abuse in care.

  35. Financial redress for historical child abuse in care consultation analysis: summary

    Summary of the analysis of responses to the pre-legislative consultation on the detailed design of a statutory redress scheme for historical child abuse in care.

  36. 600 adoption matches made

    Milestone reached as adoption support website launched.

  37. Child And Adolescent Mental Health Services: national service specification

    The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) NHS Scotland national service specification outlining provisions young people and their families can expect from the NHS.

  38. Children's services planning: guidance

    Updated guidance (2020) for local authorities and health boards on exercising the functions conferred by Part 3 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

  39. Age threshold of payments for survivors of childhood abuse lowered

    Review of Advance Payment Scheme.

  40. Financial redress for survivors of historical child abuse in care: review of the Advance Payment Scheme

    This review of the Advance Payment Scheme considered a range of issues over the first five months of the scheme’s operation.

  41. Mental health in schools

    Dedicated counselling service for pupils.

  42. Children's services planning guidance: consultation response

    Our response to the consultation analysis report on the current statutory guidance which supports Part 3 (Children's Services Planning) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

  43. Consultation on financial redress

    Views sought to shape legislation.

  44. Child trafficking guardians: consultation

    A consultation on the implementation of Section 11 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015: the appointment and role of independent child trafficking guardians.

  45. Update on Advance Payment Scheme

    Payments made to survivors of abuse in care over 70.

  46. Protection of vulnerable groups and the disclosure of criminal information: our response to consultation

    Scottish Government response to the consultation report on the Protection of Vulnerable Groups and Disclosure of Criminal Information.

  47. Improving the health response to child sexual abuse

    Consultation on Scotland’s first clinical pathway. 

  48. Redress for historical abuse survivors

    Advance payment scheme opens.

  49. Protecting children and young people: Child Protection Committee and Chief Officer responsibilities

    Guidance outlining Child Protection Committee and Chief Officer responsibilities for protecting children and young people.

  50. Beyond survival: resource for organisations working with child abuse survivors

    This toolkit provides resources to enable survivor support organisations become more sustainable.

  51. Protection of Vulnerable Groups and Disclosure of Criminal Information: consultation summary report

    The simplified summary report on responses to the recent consultation on proposals for change to the disclosure regime in Scotland.

  52. Timescale for child abuse inquiry extended

    Inquiry given more time to ensure survivors’ voices are heard.

  53. Review of disclosure law

    Changes proposed for those working with vulnerable people.

  54. Protecting Scotland's Children National Policy and Child Abuse Prevention Activity

    These documents set out the Scottish Government's vision of how we protect Scotland’s children and young people.

  55. Meeting the needs of young people

    Improved rights for children with additional support needs.

  56. Named person panel

    Independent advice on information sharing.

  57. Legal milestone for child abuse victims

    End to automatic time-bar against civil actions for childhood abuse.

  58. Ministers visit Icelandic children's house

    Promoting child-friendly justice.

  59. Protecting children from abuse

    New report shows gaps in support

  60. Significant Case Review

    Review into death of Liam Fee

  61. Civil action in child abuse cases

    Debate on removing the three year time bar to seeking justice.

  62. Protecting children online

    National action plan on internet safety.

  63. Internet safety for children and young people: national action plan

    Refreshed action plan on internet safety for children and young people to ensure appropriate training, support and information is in place.

  64. Child sexual exploitation: a guide for health practitioners

    Guidelines for health practitioners on identifying and responding to a child or young person who may be at risk of or affected by sexual exploitation.

  65. Named Person service

    Legislation planned to support children and their families.

  66. New law to protect children

    Emotional abuse and neglect will be a criminal offence.

  67. Child Protection Improvement Programme report

    Report on the key messages and next steps of the Child Protection Improvement Programme.

  68. Child Protection Improvement Programme: ministerial statement

    Minister for Childcare and Early Years Mark McDonald MSP delivers a speech on improving Scotland's child protection systems.

  69. Child abuse inquiry

    Glenn Houston resigns from panel

  70. Removing time-bar from civil actions against child abuse

    Clarification to Inquiry remit and redress consultation as Limitation Bill lodged.

  71. Child sexual exploitation: definition and practitioner briefing paper

    Key considerations that should inform all professionals’ and agencies' interpretations of their responsibilities in relation to child sexual exploitation.

  72. National action plan to tackle child sexual exploitation: progress report

    Update on progress since the publication of both the national action plan and 'Safeguarding Scotland’s vulnerable children from child abuse'.

  73. Children's advocacy guidance

    Guidance on how to support children and young people to make informed decisions on matters which influence their lives.

  74. National Risk Framework to Support the Assessment of Children and Young People

    The document is a national risk assessment 'toolkit' for child protection to support practioners in identifying and acting on child protection risks in children and young people.

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