The Scottish Government’s non-statutory National guidance for children protection in Scotland1 has been completely revised to reflect changes in child protection legislation, standards, policy, practice, research and findings from significant case reviews over the last seven years.
It replaces the 2014 version2 and provides a national framework to help services and local inter-agency forums with their local multi-agency protocols, training plans and procedures.
Our briefing outlines shifts in focus and emphasis which have been made throughout the guidance. It also outlines some of the key changes made to each section of the guidance under the headings:
ReferencesScottish Government (2021) National guidance for child protection in Scotland 2021 [Accessed 08/09/2021]
Summaries for key reports, statutory and non-statutory guidance, and legislation.
Learn how the child protection system works in Scotland. Featuring key legislation and guidance for anyone who works with children and families.
Find out more about case reviews, find a case review in the National Repository or read our series of thematic briefings highlighting the learning around particular topics.
A summary of the key changes to Keeping children safe in education – England's statutory safeguarding guidance for schools in 2022 and 2023.