CHILD PROTECTION: Safeguarding Children

The Scottish Government wants every child in Scotland to grow up loved, safe and respected, so that they reach their full potential.

How we protect our children and young people is fundamental to enabling them to reach their full potential, by allowing each child to be safe; healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included. The Scottish Government’s vision of how to protect Scotland’s children and young people is one that keeps children safe from abuse and neglect by placing the wellbeing of Scotland’s children at the heart of everything we do.

If you work with children, you have a responsibility to help to protect them and childminders have a vital frontline role in protecting children and obtaining support for children and families under stress.

  • One of the three founding principles of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is a child’s right to protection.
  • This principle of protection runs through every aspect of Scotland’s “Getting it right for every child” (GIRFEC) approach. (Summarised in My World Triangle)
  • The GIRFEC approach, which puts the child at the centre, is the route to achieving the national outcome for Scotland’s Children and Young People.

This half day workshop is aimed at giving participants the opportunity to develop awareness of what to do if you have concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people. It will include recognising abuse and understanding the impact of abuse; identifying what children and young people want to need and feel safe; understanding the role of multi-agency working; and understanding guidance and law relating to safeguarding children.