Child Protection Scotland: facing future challenges, 03 March, Edinburgh

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Reports including the Care Inspectorate’s Triennial Review 2011-14 and the Brock Report show that whilst there are many children and young people who are being protected by services there is more than can be done to identify and help those still in need. That is why the Scottish Government is putting in place a programme of work on child protection that will be published in February 2016.

Key Learning Points

  • The findings of the Care Inspectorate and Brock reports and their implications for services
  • Child sexual exploitation and internet safety
  • Conducting meaningful Significant case reviews
  • Tackling child neglect
  • Supporting families affected by disability
  • The named person

Who Should Attend

  • Child Protection Officers
  • Social Workers
  • Children’s Hearings Panel Members
  • School teachers
  • Educational psychologists
  • Police
  • Family support workers

…and anyone with an interest in child protection


08:45    Registration and refreshments

09:35    Chair’s opening remarks

Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children & Young People

Session 1: Leading improvements to child protection

What is the future of child protection in Scotland? In this session we will hear from those leading developments in policy and practice and reflect on their implications for practitioners across the country.

09:40    Scotland’s Programme for Work for Child Protection

Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education & Lifelong Learning, Scottish Government

09:50    Questions to the Cabinet Secretary

10:00    The findings of the Care Inspectorate’s Triennial Review 2011-14

10:20    Child Protection Committees: effective self-evaluation

Jacquie Pepper, Head of Children and Families, Perth and Kinross Council

Ross Drummond, Child Protection Inter-Agency Coordinator, Perth and Kinross Council

10:40    Questions and discussion

10:50    Refreshments and networking

Session 2: Communication and the named person

Through this interactive session delegates will explore the communication of information and the roles of the named person and lead professional, drawing upon real life experiences whenever possible.

11:05    Start of session

12:25    Lunch

Session 3: Meeting child protection challenges

In this session we will explore recent guidance and possible legislative changes in child protection, in doing so looking at some of the challenges facing our child protection services.

13:25    Significant case reviews: the new guidance

Dr Sharon Vincent, Reader in Child Welfare, Northumbria University

Beth Smith, Director, WithScotland

13:45    Child Sexual Exploitation and Internet safety

ACC Malcolm Graham, Major Crime & Public Protection, Police Scotland​

14:05    Child neglect

Professor Brigid Daniel, Professor Social Work, University of Stirling​

14:25    Questions and discussions

14:40    Refreshments and networking

Session 4: Child protection and disability

In this final session we will consider the challenge of identifying and protecting disabled children who are at risk of abuse and neglect and also the complex range of issues that must be considered when supporting disabled parents.

14:55    Protecting disabled children

15:15    Supporting disabled parents

15:35    Questions and discussion

15:50    Closing remarks

15:55    Close

Testimonials from our 2015 event:

“A very good event. Well organised and informative”

  • Margaret Kelly, National Autistic Society

“Excellent conference, keeping child protection in Scotland at the forefront of good practice”

  • Ruby Whitelaw, Kibble Education & Care Centre

Venue and Costs

Venue: Central Edinburgh

  • Third Sector: £149 + VAT 
  • Public Sector: £199 + VAT
  • Private Sector: £299 + VAT

For more information please contact Erin Townhill, by email or phone 0131 285 1639