Child Protection Guidance

Date: 16th June 2010
Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms, Disability, Basic Health and Welfare

New draft guidance to help social workers, police, NHS staff and other professionals improve the protection of children at risk of abuse or neglect has been launched.

Children's Minister, Adam Ingram, launched the guidance, which will replace outdated guidance from 1998 and cover new areas of practice including online safety and child trafficking, as well as issues which have become more prominent in recent years such as substance misuse.

Mr Ingram said: "The protection of children and keeping them happy, healthy, and safe from harm is a key priority for the Scottish Government. That's why we have introduced a range of changes from more robust, multi-agency inspections to the establishment of a national centre of expertise in children protection."