Updated National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland has been published.
Outlining the responsibilities of everyone who works with children, young people and their families, the updated guidance has a strengthened focus on listening to the views of children and working with families.
It also sets out how agencies should collaborate to protect children from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Children’s Minister Clare Haughey said:
“Children and young people have the right to be protected from all forms of harm and abuse.
“This updated guidance rightly has more of a focus on listening to the views of children and working collaboratively with families. There is also a stronger emphasis on the range of issues that impact on the wellbeing and safety of children, such as poverty and poor housing, which is part of all care and protection planning.
“Whilst there are specific responsibilities associated with certain professional roles, everyone has a job in making sure children are safe.”
For further information, or to read the updated guidance in full, please visit the Scottish Government website.