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National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland Guidance For Health Professionals in Scotland

This guidance is supplementary to, and should be read in conjunction with the Scottish Government National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2010 “the National Guidance”.The National Guidance outlines key definitions and concepts, specifically a definition of what constitutes child abuse and neglect and harm/significant harm (Appendix 1). In addition there is a series of appendices which are important and explore in more detail specific child protection scenarios.

This guidance:

  • Is intended to act as a practical reference point for all healthcare staff working within an adult and child service context.
  • Includes children and young people up to the age of 18. Further information on the relevant legislation relating to the definition of a child, particularly for those aged between 16-18 is outlined in Appendix 1.
  • Highlights the specific roles and responsibilities of specialist staff working in particular settings wherever children and young people will usually be seen.
  • Sets out the framework to aid practitioners in their role in dealing with child protection concerns.