News update: information sharing proposals dropped and named person provisions repealed
The Scottish Governement announced on the 19.9.19 that they would not be proceeding with with their proposed new law on informaiton sharing and named person provisions are to be repealed.
The Scottish Government will now develop further guidance and support for the sharing of wellbeing concerns regarding children and young people. We will keep you updated as we learn more.
Keeping children safe – Child Protection
Posted on: 23rd March 2020
The protection of children is still a KEY priority and RESPONSIBILITY of everyone through the changing landscape of services necessary to address the COVID-19 spread.
As always, if you are concerned about a child or young person it is important to speak to a professional as soon as possible using the following:
- If you are worried that a child is at immediate risk of harm, phone the Police on 999 without delay
- If you are worried that a child may be at risk of harm, please visit http://hcpc.scot/professionals for a local contact number
- If you are worried that a child may be at risk of harm and it is out with office hours, phone 08457 697284
Where can I get further information on keeping children safe?
- Care and Learning Alliance website – Child Protection – useful information tab and websites and video tab – quick and easy access to information, guidance and tools.
- Highland Child Protection Committee – help and advice, resources and training.
- calaelearning.co.uk – access to FREE short format certificated e-learning modules in partnership with the Highland Child Protection Committee to keep children safe
- Introduction to Child Protection
- Children Affected by Parental Substance Misuse
- An Introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
- Understanding the Child’s Plan
- What Makes a Good Chronology?
Child Protection – policy and practice fit for purpose?
Posted on: 30th January 2020
Are you involved in a Community Group or Third Sector Organisation and keen to ensure your Child Protection Policy is appropriate and robust to help keep children safe? Then the Highland Child Protection Committee’s Child Protection Policy and Toolkit for Community Groups and Third Sector Organisations is for you!
The toolkit contains a range of helpful guidance and templates including a Safeguarding self-evaluation tool. The policy and guidance are free to access and can be downloaded from www.hcpc.scot or https://www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/useful-publications/
CALA members can access the CALA Child Protection Policy and Safe Recruitment Policy via the CALA memberzone https://www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/membership/
Highland Child Protection Committee – Seminar Event
Posted on: 11th January 2020
30th January 2020
Smithton-Culloden Free Church, 1 Murray Road, Inverness
This free one-day seminar being offered by Highland Child Protection Committee aims to bring together knowledge and experience in relation to mental health issues affecting adults and children/young people. The event aims to help practitioners better understand different mental health issues and disorders and the impact these can have on families and individuals. Practitioners will have an opportunity to consider their responses and how we can work most effectively in partnership with children, young people and parents/carers.
The event will be beneficial for:
- Social Workers
- Health Visitors
- Early Years Practitioners
- Family Nurse Practitioners
- Children’s Service Workers
- Youth Action Team
- Head Teachers/Deputes/Guidance Staff
- Housing Staff
- Third Sector