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What Works? A review of interventions to combat modern slavery

Year: 2018 | Topic: Child trafficking | Author: Walk Free Foundation
What Works? A review of interventions to combat modern slavery
Guidance Resource

Inter-Agency Guidance for Child Trafficking

Year: 2013 | Topic: Child trafficking | Author: Scottish Government
The first annual progress report sets out the progress made during the first year of implementation of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation…
Report Resource

Review of findings from the inspection programme 2012-2017

Year: 2017 | Topic: Child protection, Residential care | Author: Care Inspectorate
The joint strategic inspection of services for children and young people.
Guidance Resource

Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) by Carers – A Practical Guide for Paediatricians

Year: 2012 | Topic: Child protection, Fabricated or Induced Illness in children | Author: Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Guidance written for paediatricians; other health professionals, such as general practitioners or nurses, might also find the document releva…
Research Resource

Fabricated or Induced Illness in children: A rare form of child abuse?

Year: 2011 | Topic: Child protection, Fabricated or Induced Illness in children | Author: Lazenbatt, A. & Taylor, J.
NSPCC research briefing on Fabricated or Induced Illness in children.
Guidance Resource

Child Maltreatment: When to Suspect Maltreatment in Under 18s

Year: 2009 | Topic: Child protection, Fabricated or Induced Illness in children | Author: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence NICE
Guidelines aiming to raise awareness and help health professionals to identify child maltreatment, including fabricated or induced illness.
Magazine Resource

The perpetrators of medical child abuse (Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy) - A systematic review of 796 cases

Year: 2017 | Topic: Child protection, Fabricated or Induced Illness in children | Author: Yates, G. & Bass, C.
Article investigating the demographic and clinical characteristics of 796 worldwide cases of medical child abuse.
Guidance Resource

Safeguarding children in whom illness is fabricated or induced - Supplementary guidance to Working Together to Safeguard Children

Year: 2008 | Topic: Child protection, Fabricated or Induced Illness in children | Author: HM Government
Guidance for England and Wales outlining what is known about fabricated or induced illness, including the impact on the child’s health and de…
Report Resource

The Road to Recovery: A New Approach to Tackling Scotland’s Drug Problem

Year: 2008 | Topic: Problematic parental alcohol and/or drug use | Author: Scottish Government
This strategy sets out a significant programme of reform to tackle Scotland’s drug problem.
Report Resource

Changing Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol - A Framework for Action

Year: 2009 | Topic: Problematic parental alcohol and/or drug use | Author: Scottish Government
This Framework sets out the Scottish Government's strategic approach to tackling alcohol misuse in Scotland.
Report Resource

Rights, Respect and Recovery

Year: 2018 | Topic: Problematic parental alcohol and/or drug use | Author: Scottish Government
Scotland’s strategy to improve health by preventing and reducing alcohol and drug use, harm and related deaths.
Guidance Resource

Getting our priorities right: good practice guidance

Year: 2013 | Topic: Problematic parental alcohol and/or drug use | Author: Scottish Government
Updated good practice guidance for all agencies and practitioners working with children, young people and families affected by problematic al…
Report Resource

Review of Child Neglect in Scotland

Year: 2013 | Topic: Neglect | Author: Brigid Daniel, Cheryl Burgess, Jane Scott
This Scottish review builds on a series of UK wide reviews of child neglect undertaken by Action for Children in partnership with the Univers…
Report Resource

Preventing child neglect in the UK – what makes services accessible to children and families?

Year: 2014 | Topic: Neglect | Author: Brigid Daniel, Cheryl Burgess, Jane Scott, Hannah Dobbin, Erica Whitfield, Kate Mulley,
An annual review by Action for Children in partnership with the University of Stirling.
Guidance ResourceResearch Resource

Oral and Dental Aspects of Child Abuse and Neglect

Year: 2014 | Topic: Child protection, Neglect | Author: Christine Park
Information on the role of Dentists in the recognition of neglect.

Why Have We Made Neglect So Complicated?

Year: 2015 | Topic: Neglect | Author: Daniel, B. (2015), Child Abuse Review 24: 82-94
Taking a fresh look at noticing and helping the neglected child.
Report Resource

National Action Plan on Internet Safety for Children and Young People (Scottish Government, 2017)

Year: 2017 | Topic: Online safety | Author: Scottish Government
This plan builds on actions set out in the Scottish Government's 2010 Action Plan on Child Internet Safety and the 2011/12 Scottish Action Pl…
Guidance Resource

Scotland's National Action Plan to Prevent and Eradicate FGM (2016 - 2020)

Year: 2016 | Topic: Female Genital Mutilation | Author: Scottish Government
The agreed range of actions to be taken forward by the Scottish Government and its partners to prevent and ultimately eradicate FGM.
Guidance Resource

Responding to female genital mutilation: multi-agency guidance

Year: 2017 | Topic: Female Genital Mutilation | Author: Scottish Government
A framework for agencies and practitioners to develop and agree processes that promote the safety and wellbeing of women and girls.
Policy Resource

The Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Act 2005

Year: 2005 | Topic: Female Genital Mutilation | Author: Legislation
The 2005 Act re-enacted the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act 1985 and extended protection by making FGM a criminal offence.
Infographic Resource

Female genital mutilation: the facts

Year: 2015 | Topic: Female Genital Mutilation | Author: Home Office
The document raises awareness of FGM, provides details on UK legislation and measures against this abusive practice and signposts to other re…
Infographic Resource

Scottish Government (2015) Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) statement

Year: 2015 | Topic: Female Genital Mutilation | Author: Scottish Government
Scotland’s pledge to combat FGM including a list of support services. The statement is available in English, English, Arabic, French, Swahili…
Briefing ResourceResearch Resource

Working with young people experiencing relationship abuse

Year: 2014 | Topic: Domestic abuse | Author: SafeLives
This practice briefing is for professionals working with young people experiencing domestic abuse.
Briefing ResourceResearch Resource

Strengthening mother-child relationships as part of domestic violence recovery

Year: 2014 | Topic: Domestic abuse | Author: Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, The University of Edinburgh
This study identifies five main reasons why mother-child relationships were (or were not) detrimentally affected by domestic violence.
Briefing ResourceResearch Resource

Children’s views on contact with non-resident fathers in the context of domestic abuse

Year: 2016 | Topic: Domestic abuse | Author: Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, The University of Edinburgh
Briefing on the factors that influence children’s views about contact with non-resident fathers in the context of domestic abuse.
Briefing Resource

Children living with domestic abuse

Year: 2012 | Topic: Domestic abuse | Author: Sharp, C. and Jones, J.
Key issues for children and young people living with domestic abuse, research and implications for practice.
Briefing ResourceResearch Resource

After domestic abuse: children’s perspectives on contact with fathers

Year: 2009 | Topic: Domestic abuse | Author: Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, The University of Edinburgh
Research on the views of children who have experienced domestic abuse about contact with their fathers following parental separation.
Consultations ResourcePractice paper Resource

Response to Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill consultation

Year: 2019 | Topic: Child protection, Health and Wellbeing, Legislation, Physical abuse | Author: Lizzie Morton
A response to the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill proposed by John Finnie MSP, which aims to remove the legal defenc…

Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018

Year: 2018 | Topic: Domestic abuse | Author: Scottish Government
The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018.
Research Resource

IMPRoving Outcomes for children exposed to domestic ViolencE (IMPROVE)

Year: 2016 | Topic: Domestic abuse | Author: Emma Howarth, Theresa HM Moore, Nicky J Welton, Natalia Lewis, Nicky Stanley, Harriet MacMillan, Alison Shaw, Marianne Hester, Peter Bryden and Gene Feder
Study that reviews programmes for children exposed to domestic violence and abuse.
Evaluation Resource

Caledonian System Evaluation: Analysis of a programme for tackling domestic abuse in Scotland

Year: 2016 | Topic: Domestic abuse | Author: Scottish Government
Evaluation of the Caledonian System: a programme to tackle domestic abuse in Scotland.
Guidance Resource

National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014

Year: 2014 | Topic: Online safety, Parental mental health | Author: Scottish Government
This guidance is for all services, agencies, professional bodies and organisations, and for individuals working within an adult and child ser…
Report Resource

Barnardo’s (2015) Digital Dangers The impact of technology on the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people

Year: 2015 | Topic: Online safety | Author: Barnardo's
This report makes a number of recommendations relating to service provision; training for professionals; and policy change.
Guidance Resource

Scotland's national action plan to prevent and eradicate FGM

Year: 2016 | Topic: Female Genital Mutilation | Author: Scottish Government
Scotland's national action plan to prevent and eradicate FGM.

Scottish Government (2016) Equally Safe

Year: 2016 | Topic: Domestic abuse | Author: Scottish Government
Scotland’s strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls.
Report Resource

Tackling Female Genital Mutilation: A Scottish Model of Intervention

Year: 2014 | Topic: Female Genital Mutilation | Author: Helen Baillot, Nina Murray, Elaine Connelly, Dr Natasha Howard
A study that looked at the populations potentially affected by Female Genital Mutilation in Scotland, explored interventions across the EU an…
Guidance Resource

Age Assessment Practice Guidance for Scotland

Year: 2018 | Topic: Child trafficking | Author: Scottish Government
Good practice guidance to support social workers, their managers and others involved in undertaking and contributing to age assessments in Sc…
Guidance Resource

Audit and Analysis of Significant Case Reviews

Year: 2012 | Topic: Child protection | Author: Sharon Vincent, Alison Petch
This report presents the findings from an audit and analysis of 56 Significant Case Reviews (SCRs) and 43 Initial Case Reviews (ICRs) conduct…
Report Resource

Whole Lives: Improving the response to domestic abuse in Scotland

Year: 2017 | Topic: Domestic abuse | Author: SafeLives
Report on work undertaken to improve service responses to domestic abuse in Scotland.
Consultations Resource

Strengthening protection from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) A Scottish Government consultation

Year: 2018 | Topic: Female Genital Mutilation | Author: Scottish Government
Scottish Government consultation on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Guidance Resource

Slavery And Human Trafficking: Guidance For Businesses In Scotland

Year: 2018 | Topic: Child trafficking | Author: Scottish Government
Slavery and human trafficking advice for larger and smaller businesses.
Report Resource

First Annual Progress Report on Human Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy 2018

Year: 2018 | Topic: Child trafficking | Author: Scottish Government
Progress made during the first year of implementation of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy.
Policy Resource

The Serious Crime Act 2015 Chapter 9

Year: 2015 | Topic: Female Genital Mutilation | Author: UK legislation
Chapter 9 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 relating to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Guidance Resource

Learning from Significant Case Reviews in Scotland 2012-2015

Year: 2016 | Topic: Child protection | Author: Care Inspectorate
This report presents the findings of a review by the Care Inspectorate of 20 SCRs, conducted in Scotland over the three years from April 2012…

Trafficking and Exploitation strategy

Year: 2017 | Topic: Child trafficking | Author: Scottish Government
The Scottish Government's Trafficking and Exploitation strategy.
Guidance Resource

National Guidance for Child Protection Committees - Conducting a Significant Case Review

Year: 2015 | Topic: Child protection | Author: Scottish Government
Guidance for Child Protection Committees when conducting a Significant Case Review.
Guidance ResourceReport ResourceResearch Resource

An Evaluation of Stop to Listen

Year: 2018 | Topic: Child protection, Child sexual exploitation (CSE), Local authority, Sexual abuse | Author: Ruth Sills
This report details the journey of Stop to Listen from planning to implementation and evaluation. It will focus on the changes the pathfinder…
Guidance ResourceReport ResourceResearch Resource

The Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome

Year: 1983 | Topic: Child protection, Child sexual exploitation (CSE), Sexual abuse | Author: Roland C. Summit, M.D.
This study draws in part from statistically validated assumptions regarding prevalence, age relationships and role characteristics of child s…
Guidance ResourceReport ResourceResearch Resource

Protecting children from harm

Year: 2015 | Topic: Child protection, Child sexual exploitation (CSE), Sexual abuse | Author: Children’s Commissioner for England
A critical assessment of child sexual abuse in the family network in England and priorities for action.
Guidance ResourceReport ResourceResearch Resource

The Traumatic Impact of Child Sexual Abuse: A Conceptualization

Year: 1985 | Topic: Child protection, Child sexual exploitation (CSE) | Author: David Finkelhor, Ph.D., and Angela Browne, Ph.D.
A framework is proposed for a more systematic understanding of the effects of child sexual abuse.
Report Resource

Equally Protected?

Year: 2015 | Topic: Child protection, Corporate parenting, Health and Wellbeing, Local authority, Looked after at home, Physical abuse | Author: Dr Anja Heilmann, Prof. Yvonne Kelly, Prof. Richard G Watt
A review of the evidence on the physical punishment of children.
Guidance ResourceReport ResourceResearch Resource

Keeping Children Safe - Information disclosure about child sexual offenders

Year: 2014 | Topic: Child protection, Child sexual exploitation (CSE), Sexual abuse | Author: NSPCC
Community disclosure is now running in your area. This will provide a formal route for the public to directly raise child protection concerns…
Guidance Resource

Emotional neglect and emotional abuse in pre-school children

Year: 2012 | Topic: Child protection, Child sexual exploitation (CSE), Emotional abuse | Author: NSPCC
Leaflet on what is known about children aged less than six years who have been emotionally neglected or emotionally abused.
Guidance Resource

Neglect or emotional abuse in teenagers aged 13-18

Year: 2014 | Topic: Child protection, Child sexual exploitation (CSE), Emotional abuse | Author: NSPCC
Leaflet summary of the scientific literature that describes what teenagers aged 13-18 who are experiencing neglect or emotional abuse say abo…
Guidance Resource

Neglect or emotional abuse in children aged 5-14

Year: 2014 | Topic: Child protection, Emotional abuse | Author: NSPCC
Leaflet on what is known about children aged 5-14 years who have been neglected or emotionally abused.
Report Resource

Preventing and responding to child sexual exploitation: evidence from inspections of care services for children and young people

Year: 2018 | Topic: Child protection, Child sexual exploitation (CSE) | Author: Care Inspectorate
The findings in this report arose from a focused programme of scrutiny to see whether the foundations are in place to support care services t…
Report Resource

Background Paper 3 Child Neglect in Scotland: Rapid review of legislation and policy

Year: 2016 | Topic: Child protection, Neglect | Author: Jane Scott and Brigid Daniel
The Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection, based at the University of Stirling, was commissioned by Scottish Government to undertake a ra…
Guidance ResourceReport Resource

Action on Neglect resource pack

Year: 2013 | Topic: Child protection, Neglect | Author: Action for Children, University of Stirling
Action on Neglect is a resource pack for practitioners who work with neglected children.
Report Resource

Tackling Child Neglect in Scotland Background Paper 1: Follow-up survey 2016

Year: 2016 | Topic: Child protection, Neglect | Author: Jane Scott and Brigid Daniel, Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection, University of Stirling.
This 2016 survey was commissioned by Scottish Government to inform the Child Protection Improvement Programme and the Neglect Improvement Pi…
Report Resource

Background Paper 2 Child Neglect in Scotland: Rapid review of the literature on intervention

Year: 2016 | Topic: Child protection, Neglect | Author: Jane Scott and Brigid Daniel
The aim of this rapid review of the evidence was to identify the core and common elements and principles shown to be associated with effectiv…
Report ResourceVideo Resource

National Action Plan to Prevent and Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation Progress Report 2017/18

Year: 2018 | Topic: Child protection, Child sexual exploitation (CSE) | Author: Scottish Government
The National Action Plan to Prevent and Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation was initially published in 2014 and updated in March 2016. This is a…

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