Publications, Practice and Guidance

Child Protection Information For Professionals

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All children have a right to protection from abuse and harm. Regardless of your role, you play an important part in protecting children and young people in Argyll and Bute. 

All staff should:

  1. be aware of their own organisation's child protection policies and procedures
  2. be alert to indicators of concern in children and young people you come into contact with
  3. respond to concerns you have about a child by acting in accordance with procedures

In this section you will find interagency guidance, protocols, and training information as well as other useful information and publications to help you in fulfilling these responsibilities.


National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2021

This guidance describes the responsibilities and expectations for all involved in protecting children.


Child Protection Practitioners Guidance

Child Protection Protocols and Procedures

Practitioner Assessment Tools and Resources

Argyll and Bute Interagency guidance protocols & procedures

Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC)

Protecting Disabled Children - guidance, resources and research

Guidance and Protocols for Child Protection Professionals

CPC Practitioners Guidance


Who should use it?  

Argyll and Bute Child Trafficking  Guidance



Argyll & Bute Equal Protection Multi Agency Guidance 

Guidance for professional to help identify an respond to concerns that  a child or young person may be involved in trafficking


This guidance is for all professionals dealing with an incident that comes under Equal Protection from Assault Act 2019.

Everyone coming into contact with children and young people under the  age of 18.



All professionals working with children and young people.

Chairing a Child Protection Core Group


Guidance for Social Work Practice LeadsSocial Work Practice Leads

Argyll and Bute Female Genital   Mutilation Protoco  

Guidance for professionals on the identification and how to respond when concerned that an adult or child may be at risk of or suffered genital mutilation.

Named persons, lead   professionals, Health Visitors, Midwives, School Nurses, named persons, genecology, GPs 

Practitioners guide to working with Children and young people affected by parental substance  misuse (GOPR Protocol )

Joint guidance for practitioners working with children, young people   and their parents on understanding and responding to the impacts of parental   substance misuse

All practitioners working with children, young people, parents and carers

Practitioners guide to children and young people affected by parental mental health

Joint guidance for practitioners working with children, young people   and their parents on understanding and responding to the impacts of parental mental   health

All members of the   children’s workforce as well as all those working in adult services such as  mental health services, GP’s, psychiatrists.

Joint Guidance On The Interface Between Child Protection  And Adult Protection - Adult Protection Committee   guidance (October 14)


Guidance outlining when the Child protection and adult protecting   procedures will apply and on transition arrangements for young people at risk becoming adults

All members of the children’s and adult’s services workforce


Practitioners guide to home fire safety


Guidance for professionals on referrals to Scottish Fire and Rescue  Service for home safety assessments. Advice and for smoke detectors

Social Workers, Heath Visitors, housing support workers, midwives, mental health and addictions workers

Guidance for the Development of Child Protection Policy - for Voluntary Organisations / Community Groups and Third Service Providers

Guidance to help community groups and third sector organisation produce a child protection policy. For anyone with responsibility for producing a child protection policy for their community group or organisation.

Guidance for completing Child’s Plans for children on the child protection register 

This guides practitioners through what should be included in each section of the Child’s Plan for children on the CP register All practitioners with responsibility for writing, contributing to and implementing Child’s Plans for children on the CP  register.

Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019

multi-agency equal protection guidance Feb 21 (


The Act provides children with the same rights as adults against assault by a parent or person with charge or care of them. This guidance is for practitioners who encounter instances of equal protection which were previously deemed ‘reasonable chastisement’. These instances of reasonable chastisement will now be classed as an offence of assault and will be reported to Police.


All practitioners working with children, young people, parents and carers



CPC Protocols and procedures






Who should use it? 

West of Scotland Child Protection   Procedures

Interagency child protection procedures


Initial Referral Discussion 

IRD Recording Form

Interagency procedure for planning and decision making in response to   allegations or concerns that a child or young person may be at risk of   significant harm.

Social Workers, Health Visitors, School Nurses, nursery staff, Police, Paediatricians, Named Persons.

Pre-birth  Referral Pathway

Pathway to identify assess and support pregnant women; including where   the unborn child may be at future risk of significant harm.

Midwives, social workers

Recognition and Management Of Maltreatment In Infants  (Children Under The Age Of 1 Year)

Professional guidance for practitioners working with young children on responding to injuries including bruises to young children.

Midwives, Health Visitors, A&E staff, GPs Paediatricians, foster carers, social workers

Responding To  Concern Where Children Are Engaged In Under Age Sexual Activity

Protocol for how practitioners and agencies should respond when they become aware of underage sexual activity.


Social Work , Police, school staff, residential care providers, foster carers, CAMHs, youth workers

Responding to Children and Young People Displaying   Sexually Harmful Behavior’s Protocol

Protocol for practitioners and agencies in responding to allegations that a child or young person has displayed sexually harmful behaviours -   usually towards another child

Social Work , Police, Education staff, residential care providers, foster carers, CAMHs, youth workers

Responding To Allegations Of Historical Reports Of Abuse

Protocol outlining the approach to be taken in response to any allegation or concerns about historic child abuse

 All professionals working with adults and children

Multi Agency Practice Guidance Child Sexual Exploitation  

Key Messages for Young People on Healthy Relationships and Consent

A&B CSE Screening Tool 

Protocol for responding to children and young people who may be at risk from sexual exploitation

Social Work , Police, Education staff, residential care providers, foster carers, CAMHs, youth workers

Argyll and Bute Young Persons Support and Protection Protocol



Protocol outlines interagency arrangements for the assessment and management of risk  for people young people still at school, and for young people under the age 26 who are receiving support as a previously looked after child, who are at risk of significant harm or of causing significant harm to themselves and others, where Adult or Child protection procedures do not apply

 Social Work, School Nurses, Health Visitors, CAMHS, Police, Schools, Ed Psychologists, Named Persons, Community Paediatricians, independent housing association providers

Children Affected By Domestic Abuse Argyll & Bute Referral Pathway

 Pathway to follow when incidents or allegations of domestic abuse involve or could impact on children  Police, Social work, Named Persons from Health & Education

Types of Health Assessment in Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect with Timeframes

Information and timescales for undertaking medicals for suspected child abuse and neglectHealth, Police, Social Work

Practitioners Tools and resources



National Risk Framework To Support The Assessment Of  Children and Young People

Downloadable Risk Indicators Sheet in Excel Format:


Toolkit to assist practitioners to understand, assess and plan for children who may be at risk of significant harm

All practitioners working with children and families.

Working With  Parental Resistance Practitioner Portfolio

Tool and materials for practitioners to help identify, understand assess and respond to parental resistance to professional involvement, non – engaging families and non-compliant families where a child may be at risk

Everyone working with children and   families where there is parental resistance, non-engagement or non-compliance.

Young People At Risk Of Self Harm Or Suicide -  Integrated Children's Service Guidance

Practice guidance on understanding, assessing and responding to children who may have or are thinking of deliberately harming or killing themselves

All members of the children’s services workforce including Named Persons, Child Health staff, CAMHS, Education Staff, A&E,   care staff, foster carers social workers, youth workers, GPs

Child Sexual Exploitation Definition and Practitioner  Briefing Paper   

Scottish government guidance to assist practitioners to understand, identify and respond to children and young people who may be at risk of child sexual exploitation

Everyone who has contact with children and young people under 18 including Named Persons, Lead Professionals, foster carers,   residential care providers, social workers.

Argyll and Bute Child Sexual Exploitation Screening Tool

Assessment tool for practitioners who are concerned that a child or young person may be at risk of sexual exploitation and framework for responding to these concerns

Named Persons, Lead Professionals, foster carers, residential care providers, social workers and police.

Care Assessment

Child Neglect in Scotland: Understanding Causes and Supporting Families 2021

Toolkit to assist practitioners to understand the impact of neglect and to identify, assess and plan for children who may be at risk form neglect including children on the CPR

Named persons, lead professionals, social work, health visitors, and midwives and staff working with children and families where neglect features.


 Convention on the Rights of the Child