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Safeguarding Scotland's vulnerable children from sexual exploitation

A review of the Scottish system

1.1 “In the context of the UK Government's inquiries into historic child sexual abuse, and the desire of the Scottish Government to ensure that the Scottish approach to safeguarding children and young people, not least by promoting their wider wellbeing, is as robust as possible, the Cabinet Secretary is asking Jackie Brock (as Chief Executive of Children in Scotland) to report to him on the matter.

1.2 The report will consider the development of the Scottish approach to safeguarding children and promoting their wellbeing, since 1995. It will focus on national strategic policies and how these support community responsibilities, and it may identify areas in which further development and focus is required by the Government.

1.3 Specifically, the report should consider (but does not need to be limited to) addressing the recent changes that Scottish Government has implemented to address the safety of children and young people and the safeguards that have been put in place, particularly: the contributions of: the Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) approach; the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014; developments in tackling child sexual exploitation, and examining whether satisfactory progress has been made in implementing the recommendations from the Shaw Review. This may be based on existing research, legislation and policy and practice documents.”