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A response to the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill proposed by John Finnie MSP, which aims to remove the legal defence of ‘justifiable assault’ against children from Scots law.   Read More ...


The PACE (Permanence and Care Excellence) team at CELCIS hosted a Practice Echange Workshop on 15 November 2018 in Glasgow, with almost 70 delegates attending from local authorities and organisations throughout Scotland. The workshop theme was “Pre-birth planning, Assessment and “Getting it right from the start”, and included a keynote presentation by Alan Sinclair, author of 'Right from the Start', as well as talks by Linda Davidson, examples from practice from Shona Irvine, Helen Runciman and Julia Donaldson and group discussion sessions. The basis of this event was the Early Years Framework, which was published in 2008 as a ten year plan. Ten years on, we consider what the current landscape looks like in Scotland and reflect on the ambitions of the Early Years Framework, what has been achieved, what best practice might look like and how we can work towards this.   Read More ...


The UK Government’s Department for Education has published the Children looked after in England including adoption: 2017 to 2018 statistics for the year ending 31 March 2018. The statistics show that 75,420 children were looked after in the period covered, a 4% increase on 2016 to 2017. The statistics include information on demographics as well as age, gender and ethnicity, proportions of children in each placement type, and reasons for being looked after.   Read More ...


Dr Louise Hill considers the implications of the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill and how similar measures have impacted on support services in other countries.   Read More ...


The Department for Education has published its annual children in need census in England for 2017 to 2018. The numbers are based on data from 152 local authorities in England and Wales. The report provides total numbers and demographics - such as gender, age and reason for assessment - of children referred to local authority social care services, children assessed to be ‘in need’, and children with child protection plans. Cases reported on include referrals, referrals leading to no further action, assessments, initial child protection conferences, child protection plans and child protection plan reviews.   Read More ...


A report published by the Children’s Commissioner for England suggests there are 15,800 babies under the age of 1 considered by local authorities to be vulnerable or highly vulnerable and at risk of harm, but still living at home. The report comes as many local authorities are struggling with unprecedented financial pressures that are putting increasing strain on children’s social services.   Read More ...


A blog by Moyra Hawthorn detailing a decade striving for justice.   Read More ...

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