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.


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.

Impact of Coercive Control on Children & Young People

Whilst enjoying seasonal festivities, we need to be mindful that some children may experience domestic abuse, the potential impact of this and our role in supporting children and families.

Click here to download an article written by Gillian Gunn, Development and Training Manager, Violence Against Women, entitled ‘Coercive Control on Children and Young People’.

Kinder Communities – The power of Everyday Relationships.


We really liked the thoughtful approach behind this paper: Kinder Communities – The Power of Everyday Relationships by Zoe Ferguson a Carnegie Associate (Carnegie Uk Trust). It highlights how role modelling kindness, sensitivity and caring in our communities can help support positive relationships in a powerful way which have the potential to help keep our children safe. Thanks to the Moray Wellbeing Newsletter for bringing this to our attention.

Click here to download the paper.

My World Triangle

Learning gained from recent Serious Case Reviews in a few Local Authorities in Scotland included the need for adults involved with children and families to make accurate assessments of children an young people who may be at risk to take into account all factors with may impact on a child or young person to help identify support needs. This reminded us that the My World Triangle provides us with a framework to consider the whole child or young person. The Scottish Government have provided a colour version of this along with separate descriptors for each side of the triangle to support us in assessing risk to children and identifying and planning areas of support which you may find useful in helping to consolidate your thinking where you have concerns about a child or young person.

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You can also download the My World Triangles as a PDF by clicking here.