Child Protection

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 1st March 2006.

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Photo of Euan Robson Euan Robson Liberal Democrat

Question S2W-22965

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that training in child protection is being adequately delivered and, if not, what plans it has to address the issue.

Photo of Euan Robson Euan Robson Liberal Democrat

Question S2W-22966

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the scope and content of training in child protection is adequate and, if not, what plans it has to address the issue.

Photo of Euan Robson Euan Robson Liberal Democrat

Question S2W-22967

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has requested advice or a report from the Social Work Inspection Agency in respect of levels of participation in, and the quality of, child protection training and, if so, what the agency’s findings were.

Photo of Peter Peacock Peter Peacock Labour

No report of the specific nature referred to has been commissioned from the Social Work Inspection Agency. However, work begun by the Inspectorate in 2003 on a training framework for social work has been taken forward by the Scottish Executive on a multi-agency basis. We have established a working group to create a child protection training framework, including a national suite of training materials, to be used across disciplines.

The Executive also issued new guidance for child protection committees (CPCs) in January 2005, which makes clear that CPCs are responsible for promoting, commissioning and assuring the quality and delivery of inter-agency training.

The Joint Inspection Services for Children Unit undertook in 2005 pilot inspections of services for protecting children in two authorities, which included their child protection training activity. These have been published and are available at http://www.hmie.gov.uk/services/default.asp. Joint inspections of child protection services in all 32 local authority areas are to be concluded by 2008.

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