Summary of National guidance for child protection in Scotland 2021: CASPAR briefing

Publication date 2021

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:

  • the context for child protection
  • roles and responsibilities for child protection
  • approach to multi-agency assessment in child protection
  • identifying and responding to concerns about children
  • specific support needs and concerns.

References

Scottish Government (2021) National guidance for child protection in Scotland 2021 [Accessed 08/09/2021]
Scottish Government (2014) National guidance for child protection in Scotland 2021 Edinburgh: Scottish Government
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