Keeping Children Safe

Useful Publications


Highland Practice Model 

Everyone working with children across Highland uses the Highland Practice Model. This means that every child has a Named Person. Children who have additional needs that require a plan involving more than one service have a Lead Professional.

A Practitioner’s Guide to Getting Our Priorities Right (GOPR) – Supporting children affected by parental substance misuse (June 2015)

This Practitioner’s Guide has been developed by the Highland Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) and Highland Child Protection Committee (CPC), in collaboration with the Highland Adult Support and Protection Committee (APC).

Stranger Smart (May 2015)

Leaflet produced by The Highland Council and Police Scotland to help children feel safe on the way to and from school and out and about.

Home Alone

The Highland Child Protection Committee’s advice and guidance on issues relating to children being left at home on their own.

Taking Care of Children – Advice for families new to UK

Includes a range of advice and information aimed at families who are new to the UK.

Missing Families Alert Protocol

A guide that should be followed when anyone working with children and families, such as a health practitioner, teacher, or play, Early Learning and Childcare Setting worker, becomes aware that a child or pregnant woman & unborn child is missing from a known address.

National Guidance for Child Protection (refreshed 2014)

National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland was published by the Scottish Government in 2010 and refreshed in 2014 to ensure that it remains relevant and up to date for local agencies and practitioners working together to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of children.

Child Protection Inter-agency Guidelines (October 2013)

Produced on behalf of the Highland Child Protection Committee, this is the 2013 update of “Inter-agency Guidelines to protect Children and Young People in Highland” and brings the existing guidelines in line with: The Highland Practice Model, the integration of Health and Social Care in 2012 in the Highlands and Police Scotland.

Safe Strong and Free Newsletter

Published by Safe Strong and Free. From the introduction:  “We are hoping that through this publication, we will be able to share what is happening in local areas to improve collaboration and learning”.


Child Protection Toolkit

The ‘Child Protection Toolkit and Guidance for Third Sector Organisations’ has been produced by the Highland Child Protection Committee. The toolkit provides tools to help support recruitment of staff and volunteers, as well as more detailed guidance on child protection issues.  You can download the toolkit from the HCPC website by clicking here.

Being Heard: a self-advocacy toolkit for carers

The Carers Self-Advocacy Toolkit is a group of integrated resources produced by Carers Scotland to help carers get their voices heard.


Early Intervention in Domestic Violence and Abuse (March 2014)

The Early Intervention Foundation’s review of the evidence of the devastating impact domestic violence and abuse can have on children.

Communities that raise their children well; elements of success (Matt Ford, NSPCC Scotland, 2014)

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship Report on how we might better prevent child maltreatment in Scotland and the UK by learning from the USA and countries of northern Europe.