News update: information sharing proposals dropped and named person provisions repealed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would not be proceeding with with their proposed new law on informaiton sharing and named person provisions are to be repealed.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.
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
Child Sexual Exploitation
Posted on: 5th December 2019
The ‘Upstream Project ‘by Stop it Now (UK & Ireland) was launched yesterday in Scotland. ‘Stop it Now UK & Ireland!’ is a project solely to tackle child sexual abuse. Their new ‘Upstream Project’ has been set up in Scotland to provide practical advice to anyone worried about the abuse of a young person and also includes help for anyone “worried about their own thoughts, feelings or behaviour towards children”.
Visit the ‘STOP IT NOW – Upstream Project’ to learn more.
Sadly, CSE is a significant issue for children and young people in the UK and is more prevalent and widespread than you may think. This is in part due to the ever-growing use of technology in our communications. If you would like to be better informed about the subject of Child Sexual Exploitation, you may find our ‘Introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation’ e-learning module useful.
The ‘free’ module is therefore highly relevant for anyone working with children, young people and families and will provide a comprehensive introduction to this challenging subject
Click here to access ‘Introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation’