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The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), in partnership with the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS), are inviting child care professionals along to a series of events to find out more about the Standard for Residential Child Care and what it means for you and your…
The NSPCC has condemned a judge's remarks that police and social workers should make an allowance for "cultural context" when investigating allegations that children have been physically abused by parents. High Court judge Mrs Justice Pauffley said within "many communities newly arrived" in the UK children were "slapped and hit"…
In a recent report from Impower, titled ‘Breaking the Lock: A new preventative model to improve the lives of vulnerable children and make families stronger’, the effectiveness and direction of UK councils’ approaches to dealing with the care for vulnerable children are considered. The report makes clear that a focus…
A family court judge has raised concerns about the "adequacy of protection" given to a two-year-old boy being monitored by social services staff. Judge Claire Jakens said a "worrying pattern" of suspected bite marks and bruises had been found on the toddler. She suggested "non-medically qualified professionals" had assumed that…
An online introductory child protection course for anyone who works with children in Scotland has been launched by the NSPCC. You will gain the skills you need to act appropriately and confidently to protect the children you work with. Working at your own pace, this introductory online training course will…
Northern Ireland Health Minister, Simon Hamilton, has announced details of a Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Implementation Plan, setting out the actions to be progressed in response to those recommendations for Health and Social Care contained in Professor Kathleen Marshall’s CSE Inquiry Report. Professor Kathleen Marshall’s report, published on 18 November…
The Scottish Children Reporter Administration (SCRA) has launched a new film to help children and young people prepare for, and have a greater understanding of, children’s hearings. ‘Going To A Children’s Hearing’ was created in consultation with young people, from the appointment of the film company to the filming of…
Lawyers who specialise in cases involving children want changes in the law to ensure that youngsters who say they have been abused can safely give evidence at court hearings Heads of the Association of Lawyers for Children say there is an "urgent need" for statutory provision to cater for children…
A baby killed by her father was never on a child protection plan despite authorities knowing of "horrific domestic abuse, drug-taking and injuries to the child", a damning report has revealed. Paris Vince-Stephens was just 16 weeks old when she suffered fatal injuries after being shaken by father William Stephens,…
The Scottish Government has written to community planning partnerships (CPPs) offering support for the development of joint strategic commissioning of children’s services. The programme aims to shift expenditure on children’s services towards prevention and early intervention by improving evidence of need, linking services to need, and linking investment to outcomes.…
Children who are, or at risk of being, sexually exploited are to be supported and protected by projects receiving new funding from the Big Lottery Fund. Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) receives £489,730 to develop its England-wide work supporting parents and carers of children at risk while The Children’s…
Scotland's Minister for Children & Young People, Fiona McLeod, joined children’s charity Barnardo’s Scotland, and their partners at Perth Concert Hall this week to showcase Thrive, an innovative Public Social Partnership (PSP), to support children aged five years and under, and their families, who are affected by and have experienced…