Child Protection Guidance and Materials

This page contains useful guidance, toolkits, forms and information for staff on a variety of topics relating to child protection.

 

 

Child Protection Guidance
  • National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014: Provides a framework for agencies and practitioners at local level to agree processes for working together to safeguard and promote child wellbeing.
  • Child Protection Procedures in Aberdeen City: This policy is to ensure that all Children’s Social Work staff involved in the protection of vulnerable children are aware of their roles and responsibilities and the procedures to follow when we receive information which indicates a child’s care and wellbeing may be compromised to the extent that specialist social work intervention may be required. It is also necessary for our partner agencies to be clear about their roles and responsibilities for any ongoing support for children who are deemed to be at risk of significant harm and those for whom these risks have been mitigated but still require ongoing support. Please use a meeting sign-in sheet at any multi-agency meetings. .
  • Eligibility Criteria for Children’s Social Work Services: This document provides guidance for professionals, to clarify the circumstances in which the Children’s Social Work service will assist and safeguard children, young people and their families in Aberdeen City. These eligibility criteria set out how the service will respond to different levels of need and the basis for decisions about service provision.
  • Understanding Thresholds

 

Alcohol and Drugs
  • Getting our Priorities Right 2013: The purpose of the guidance is to provide an updated good practice framework for all child and adult service practitioners working with vulnerable children and families affected by problematic parental alcohol and/or drug use.
  • Multi-Agency Practice Guidance - Getting our Priorities Right: This Practitioner’s Toolkit has been developed by Aberdeen City Child Protection Committee (CPC).
  • A.D.A.M. (Another's Drinking Affects Me): The A.D.A.M. website is for children and young people aged 11-16 years who may be affected or are concerned by another person's drinking (this could be a Mum, Dad, a grandparent, brother, sister or friend). A.D.A.M. has been developed in consultation with young people who have experienced harm as a result of someone else's drinking and offers an opportunity to explore if and how they are being affected. There are over 51,000 children and young people in Scotland living with a parent who has an alcohol problem. Many will suffer in silence and may find it difficult to talk about what is happening at home. A.D.A.M. offers suggestions on how to cope and provides sources of help and support.
  • Mentor - Drug Prevention for Parents resource: Mentor is the leading international federation of not-for-profit organisations working around the world to empower young people and prevent drug abuse. This guide offers parents and caregivers easily accessible information about drug prevention to help them raise empowered, healthy and drug free children.
  • New Psychoactive Substances Multi-Agency briefing: This briefing has been produced by Aberdeen City Alcohol and Drug Partnership. It aims to pull together as much relevant and up to date information and links around new psychoactive substances (NPS) as possible into one reference document. It provides a 'one-stop' reference for information on NPS issues which will be updated as necessary.
  • Alcohol and Drugs Partnership bulletin

 

Management of Bruising in Children

Useful information is contained in NHS Grampian's Guidance on Management of Bruising in Children.

 

Child Protection and Children with Disabilities

Useful information and guidance is contained in the Scottish Government National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014: Additional Notes for Practitioners - Protecting Disabled Children from Abuse and Neglect. These practice notes are for all practitioners, including those working in children and family social work; health; education; residential care; early years; youth services; youth justice; police; independent and third sector; and adult services who might be supporting parents with disabled children or involved in the transition between child and adult services.

 

Child Protection and the Unborn Child

Working with Vulnerable Unborn Babies and their Families: This multi-agency guidance has been produced by the Aberdeen City Child Protection Committee and reflects the Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) National Practice Model approach to delivering services to children, young people and their families.

 

Child Sexual Exploitation
Child Trafficking

The Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 came into force on 31 May 2016.

Child trafficking is a crime that is a Child Protection concern involving the illegal trade and exploitation of children. It is a real and escalating problem with a threefold rise in cases of child trafficking in Scotland since 2011. Child trafficking does not essentially mean that a child has to cross international boundaries but merely be moved from one location to another within towns and cities across Scotland for the purposes of exploitation. In other words, a child can be trafficked from one street in Aberdeen to another.

Tackling child trafficking requires a multi-agency response at all levels. The Scottish Government has prepared a protocol, Inter-Agency Guidance for Child Trafficking, in order to provide information and guidance to all members of the children's workforce so that professionals and others are able to identify trafficked children and make appropriate referrals so that victims can receive protection and support. Please see the Resources section on the Scottish Government's human trafficking web page for more information. We report child trafficking nationally through the National Referral Mechanism. The referral document is below.

Practitioners in Aberdeen will find the multi agency short guide for practitioners in Aberdeen City useful. We are also in the course of developing a strategy and extended practitioners guide in relation to child trafficking.

There was a change to the Child Protection categories of concern from 1 August 2016. Child Exploitation was removed as a category of concern and Forced and Dangerous Labour was added.

Useful documents:

An app has been launched by leading anti-slavery charity Unseen to complement the Modern Slavery Helpline. The app provides a simple guide to recognising the signs of modern slavery and makes reporting it to the Helpline as easy as a click of a button. You can download it in apple, google play and windows app stores for free.

 

Disguised Compliance and Non-engaging Families

Working with Non-Engaging Families Multi-Agency Practice Guidance: This guidance has been produced by the Aberdeen City Child Protection Committee (CPC) to assist staff within all its member agencies when faced with non-engaging families.

 

Domestic Abuse
  • An updated version of Equally Safe, Scotland's strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls in Scotland has been published. Violence against women and girls damages health and wellbeing, limits freedom and potential, and is a violation of the most fundamental human rights. The Scottish Government, CoSLA and key partners are committed to preventing and eradicating it once and for all. This strategy, which was originally published in 2014 and has now been updated, provides a framework to help to do just that.  It was developed by the Scottish Government and COSLA in association with a wide range of partners from public and third sector.
  • Equally Safe Bulletin August 2018
  • Disclosure scheme for domestic abuse in Scotland (Clare's Law): A pilot scheme which allows people to be told if their partner has been violent in the past is to be extended across Scotland. The disclosure scheme, often referred to in the media as 'Clare's Law' has been trialled in Aberdeen and Ayrshire over a six month period. In that time, 22 people were warned their partners had history of domestic abuse. The Scheme will continue in Aberdeen and victims, friends, relatives, social workers or police officers can trigger the disclosures.
  • Domestic Abuse and Child Protection- Multi Agency Guidance -  This guidance is for managers and practitioners, working in all statutory and third sector agencies, services and organisations in Aberdeen. This guide aims to support understanding of the impact of domestic abuse on children and non-abusing parents/carers. It will illustrate how risk should be managed to keep the child and the non-abusing parent/carer safe.
  • Domestic Abuse webpage developed by Aberdeen Violence Against Women Partnership
  • Sex Offender Community Disclosure Scheme Briefing Note
Female Genital Mutilation
  • What is FGM? The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines FGM as "all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons". Globally the practice is mostly carried out by traditional 'circumcisers', who often play other central roles in communities, such as attending childbirths. However, more than 18% of all FGM is performed by health care providers, and this trend is increasing. FGM is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children. The practice also violates a person's rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when the procedure results in death.
  • The law in Scotland: FGM has been unlawful in Scotland since 1985. The Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Act 2005 re-enacted the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act 1985 and extended protection by making it a criminal offence to have FGM carried out either in Scotland or abroad by giving those offences extra-territorial powers. The Act also increased the penalty on conviction on indictment from 5 to 14 years' imprisonment.
  • Multi agency guidance: FGM Multi Agency Guidance November 2017
  • Statement from Scottish Government: The Scottish Government has released a statement on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Resources: In collaboration with the Scottish Government, the Women's Support Project has developed a range of information materials on FGM. These materials, which can be accessed at Female Genital Mutilation Aware - Resources, include:
    • a Scottish DVD (Sara's Story) outlining the law, child protection, prevention work in communities and services for women and girls who have experienced FGM;
    • information leaflets for practitioners highlighting key points, good practice, resources and services, and a standardised training package and risk assessment tool; and
    • an FGM statement that sets out the law in relation to FGM in Scotland. The purpose of this statement is to allow a person who may be at risk to show it to family friends and or relatives when travelling abroad to remind them that FGM is a serious offence in Scotland and the UK and that there are severe penalties (up to 14 years in prison) for anyone found guilty of the offence.

 

Forced Marriage
  • What is a forced marriage? A forced marriage is a marriage in which one or both parties do not (or, in the case of some adults with learning or physical disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and duress is involved. Duress includes both physical and emotional pressure. It is very different from arranged marriage, where both parties give their full and free consent to the marriage.
  • Legislation: The Forced Marriage etc. (Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Act was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 22 March 2011 to provide a specific civil remedy for those threatened with forced marriage and those already in such a marriage. The Act received Royal Assent on 27 April 2011 and came into force on 28 November 2011.
  • New legislation: From 30 September 2014, forcing someone into marriage was made a criminal offence in Scotland. Forced marriage was made a criminal offence in England and Wales on 16 June 2014, under the same Act.
  • Useful guidance:

 

Information Sharing

Following a judgment of the Supreme Court, the Scottish Government are making changes to the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. Those changes will relate to the information sharing provisions in the legislation. The Practitioners Guide to Information Sharing, Confidentiality and Consent will be revised once those changes to the legislation are known. In the meantime, please use the Practitioners Guide with that in mind. The overarching principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 apply. If you are in any doubt about the sharing of information in particular circumstances, contact your agency's legal advisers.

Information Sharing Guidance for Practitioners

In order to ensure consistent practice; partner agencies across Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Moray Council, Police Scotland and NHS Grampian have co-produced this information-sharing guidance. It is aimed at all practitioners and managers working with children, young people, and families, within the Public, Private and Third Sector (including Adult Services).

This guidance is aligned with current information-sharing legislation, and aims to empower practitioners to share information confidently, and in a way which respects the rights of children and their families. This guidance reflects General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) implemented on 25 May 2018, and will be updated to include any requirements from the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill in due course.

This interim guidance provides overarching best practice principles when you are considering information-sharing, and sits alongside other agency-specific guidance.

 

IRD Flow Chart and Minute Template (During COVID19)
Missing Children
Neglect

The Child Protection Committee has developed multi-agency guidance in relation to neglect.

 

One Page Guides
Online Safety

CEOP ‘Think U Know’ have created a resource library for professionals to learn about current social media trends among young people.

 

Challenging Poverty Stigma

This resource creates an opportunity for you to develop your understanding of poverty stigma and discrimination. It will introduce new ways to challenge poverty stigma and enable you to implement changes in your practice - Click Here

Risk Assessment

 

Self Harm

 

Sexually Active Young People

 

Significant case reviews

 

Key messages on Child Protection for members of the public:

ENGLISH

  • If you are worried about a child or young person’s safety in Aberdeen, please call the Joint Child Protection Unit on 01224 306877 or Police Scotland on 101.
  • Everyone's mental health matters. Why not show your children some fun games they can play to help relieve stress on the ChildLine website? https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/games/
  • Help children stay safe online. If your child is an online gamer who uses a headset whilst playing, check they are only engaging with friends and not strangers. Did you know you can set parental controls on your broadband settings?
  • Top tip to help children stay safe online; Only allow phones and tablet to be used in common rooms in the house and set a time in the evening when phones and tablets are handed in before bed.
  • Domestic abuse is never acceptable. Help is available, visit https://communityplanningaberdeen.org.uk/domesticabuse/ for more information, or call the Joint Child Protection Unit on 01224 306877 if you are concerned about a child’s safety.

POLISH

  • Jeśli martwisz się o dziecka lub nastoletniej osoby bezpieczeństwo w Aberdeen, proszę zadzwoń pod numere Oddziału Ochrony dziecka 01224 306877 lub Policji Szkockiej pod numerem 101.
  • Każdego zdrowie umysłowe ma znaczenie. Dlaczego nie pokazać twojemu dziecku fajne gry, w które może grać aby złagodzić stres na stronie ChildLine website? https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/games/
  • Pomóż dzieciom być bezpiecznym w Internecie. Jeśli twoje dziecko jest internetowym graczem i korzysta z zestawu słuchawkowego podczas grania sprawdż czy włącza się w gre z przyjaciółmi a nie z nieznajomymi. Czy wiedziałeś, że możesz ustawić rodzicielską kontrole na ustawieniach twojego broadbandu?
  • Znakomita rada aby pomóc dzieciom korzystać bezpiecznie z internetu; tylko pozwalaj na korzystanie z telefonu i tabletu w pokojach ogólnodostępnych w twoim mieszkaniu i ustal czas pod wieczór kiedy telefony i tablety są przekazane tobie przed pójściem do łóżka
  • Przemoc domowa nigdy nie jest do zaakceptowania. Pomoc jest dostępna, po więcej informacji wejdż na strone https://communityplanningaberdeen.org.uk/domesticabuse/

 

ARABIC

  • إذا كنت قلقًا بشأن سلامة أي طفل أو شاب في أبردين ، يرجى الاتصال بوحدة حماية الطفل المشتركة على

306877 01224 أو شرطة اسكتلندا على 101.

  • إن مسائل الصحة النفسية للجميع مهمة جدا. لماذا لا تُظهر لأطفالك بعض الألعاب الممتعة على موقع ChildLine و اللتي تساعد على تخفيف الضغط عليهم.

https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/games/

  • ساعدو الأطفال على البقاء آمنين على الإنترنت. إذا كان طفلك يغوي اللعب عبر الإنترنت و يستخدم سماعة رأس أثناء اللعب ، فتحقق من أنه يتفاعل مع الأصدقاء فقط ولا يتعامل مع الغرباء. هل تعلم أنه يمكنك ضبط أدوات الرقابة الأبوية على ممول شبكتك للأنترنت ؟
  • نصيحة مهمة لمساعدة الأطفال على البقاء آمنين على الإنترنت ؛ لا تسمح باستخدام الهواتف والأجهزة اللوحية إلا في الغرف المشتركة في المنزل وقم بتعيين وقت في المساء يتم فيه تسليم الهواتف والأجهزة اللوحية قبل النوم.
  • العنف المنزلي غير مقبول على الإطلاق. المساعدة متوفرة ، لمزيد من المعلومات قم بزيارة الرابط التالي:

https://communityplanningaberdeen.org.uk/domesticabuse/           ، أو اتصل بوحدة حماية الطفل المشتركة

على الرقم التالي: 306877 01224 إذا كنت قلقًا بشأن سلامة أي طفل.

 

ROMANIAN

  • Dacă te îngrijorează siguranţa unui copil sau a unei persoane tinere din Aberdeen, sună Serviciul de Protecţie a Copilului (Joint Child Protection Unit) la 01224 306877 sau Poliţia (Police Scotland) la 101.
  • Sănătatea mentală a fiecărei persoane este importantă. Ajută-ţi copiii să scape de stress, arătându-le jocurile distractive de pe pagina de web Childline https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/games/
  • Ajută copiii să fie în siguranţă pe internet. Atunci când copilul tău se joacă pe calculator şi foloseşte căşti, asigură-te că interacţionează doar cu prieteni, nu cu străini. Ştiai că poţi folosi setările de control parental pentru internet?
  • Sugestie pentru siguranţa copiilor pe internet: nu le permite să folosească telefonul sau tableta decât în zonele comune din casă şi setează o oră seara când trebuie să predea telefonul sau tableta înainte de culcare.
  • Abuzul domestic nu este niciodată acceptabil. Există servicii disponibile de asistenţă. Pentru mai multe informaţii, intră pe https://communityplanningaberdeen.org.uk/domesticabuse/ sau sună Serviciul de Protecţie a Copilului (Joint Child Protection Unit) la 01224 306877 dacă te îngrijorează siguranţa unui copil.

SPANISH

  • Si te preocupa la seguridad de un niño o de un joven en Aberdeen, por favor llama a los Servicios de Protección Infantil (Joint Child Protection Unit) al 01224 306877 o a la policía (Police Scotland) al 101.
  • La salud mental de cada persona importa. ¿Por qué no mostrarle a tu hijo algunos juegos divertidos en la página web de Childline para aliviar el estrés? https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/games/
  • Ayuda a tu hijo a estar seguro en línea. Si tu hijo juega con videojuegos y usa auriculares al jugar, asegúrate de que solo interactúe con amigos, y no con desconocidos. ¿Sabías que puedes configurar el control parental de banda ancha?
  • Consejo para proteger a tu hijo en Internet: permítele que use el teléfono o la tableta sólo en las habitaciones y áreas comunes de la casa y fija una hora por la tarde a la que debe entregarte el teléfono o la tableta antes de dormir.
  • La violencia domestica nunca es aceptable. Hay servicios disponibles de apoyo. Para más información visita https://communityplanningaberdeen.org.uk/domesticabuse/ o llama a los Servicios de Protección Infantil (Joint Child Protection Unit) al 01224 306877 si te preocupa la seguridad de un niño.

 

MANDARIN

  • 如果您担心阿伯丁市的某位儿童或青少年的安全,请致电联合儿童保护小组01224 306877或打101给苏格兰警方 。
  • 每个人的心理健康都很重要。ChildLine (儿童热线)官网提供许多有趣的游戏,您可以展示给孩子看,玩这些游戏有助于他们释放压力。网址是 https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/games/
  • 帮助孩子们安全使用网络。如果您的孩子在玩网络游戏时使用耳机,请检查确认他们是在和自己的朋友而不是陌生人一起玩。您知道吗,您可以在宽带设置上使用家长控制的。
  • 帮助儿童保持上网安全的最佳技巧;使用手机和平板电脑时必须在家里的公共区域,并规定晚上睡觉前必须把手机和平板电脑上交。

BULGARIAN

  • Ако се притеснявате за безопасността на дете или младеж в Абърдийн, моля обадете се на Отдела за закрила на детето на 01224 306877 или на Полиция Шотландия на номер 101.
  • Психичното здраве на всеки има значение. Покажете на децата си някои забавни игри, за да ги облекчите, когато са стресирани. Посетете уебсайта на линията за детска помощ: https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/games/
  • Помогнете на децата да бъдат в безопасност онлайн. Ако детето Ви играе онлайн и използва слушалки, проверете дали то общува само с приятели, а не с непознати. Знаете ли, че можете да зададете родителски контрол на Вашите интернет настройки?
  • Основна препоръка как да подсигурите безопасност на децата си онлайн: позволете да използват телефони и таблет само в общи помещения на дома Ви и определете час, когато устройствата се предават обратно преди лягане.
  • Домашното насилие е недопустимо. За помощ и повече информация, посетете https://communityplanningaberdeen.org.uk/domesticabuse/ . Ако се притеснявате за безопасността на дете, обадете се на Отдела за закрила на детето на 01224 306877.

 

ROMANIAN

  • Dacă te îngrijorează siguranţa unui copil sau a unei persoane tinere din Aberdeen, sună Serviciul de Protecţie a Copilului (Joint Child Protection Unit) la 01224 306877 sau Poliţia (Police Scotland) la 101.
  • Sănătatea mentală a fiecărei persoane este importantă. Ajută-ţi copiii să scape de stress, arătându-le jocurile distractive de pe pagina de web Childline https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/games/
  • Ajută copiii să fie în siguranţă pe internet. Atunci când copilul tău se joacă pe calculator şi foloseşte căşti, asigură-te că interacţionează doar cu prieteni, nu cu străini. Ştiai că poţi folosi setările de control parental pentru internet?
  • Sugestie pentru siguranţa copiilor pe internet: nu le permite să folosească telefonul sau tableta decât în zonele comune din casă şi setează o oră seara când trebuie să predea telefonul sau tableta înainte de culcare.
  • Abuzul domestic nu este niciodată acceptabil. Există servicii disponibile de asistenţă. Pentru mai multe informaţii, intră pe https://communityplanningaberdeen.org.uk/domesticabuse/ sau sună Serviciul de Protecţie a Copilului (Joint Child Protection Unit) la 01224 306877 dacă te îngrijorează siguranţa unui copil.

 

LATVIAN

  • Ja jums ir bažas par kāda bērna vai pusaudža drošību Aberdīnā, zvaniet Apvienotajai bērnu aizsardzības nodaļai (Joint Child Protection Unit) uz 01224 306877 vai arī Skotijas policijai uz 101.
  • Katra cilvēka garīgā veselība ir svarīga. Parādiet saviem bērniem dažas interesantas spēles ChildLine tīmekļa vietnē, kuras palīdz pārvarēt stresu: https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/games/
  • Palīdziet bērniem droši lietot internetu. Ja jūsu bērns ir tiešsaistes geimers, kurš spēlējot lieto austiņas, pārliecinieties, ka viņš sazinās tikai ar draugiem, bet ne ar svešiniekiem. Vai jūs zinājāt, ka varat iestatīt vecāku kontroli savos platjoslas iestatījumos?
  • Galvenais ieteikums interneta drošībai bērniem ir: ļaujiet lietot telefonus un planšetes tikai mājas kopīgajās telpās un nosakiet laiku vakarā, kad telefonus un planšetes jānodod pirms gulētiešanas.
  • Ģimenes vardarbība nekad nav pieņemama. Palīdzība ir pieejama, apmeklējiet vietni https://communityplanningaberdeen.org.uk/domesticabuse/ , kur ir plašāka informācija, vai zvaniet Apvienotajai bērnu aizsardzības nodaļai uz 01224 306877, ja jums ir bažas par kāda bērna drošību.