Child Protection Committees are locally-based, inter-agency strategic partnerships which lead on the development of local child protection policy and practice.
They are made up of senior representatives from all local services who contribute to the protection of children and young people and they are held to account by their “Chief Officers” – the Chief Executive of the local authority, the Chief Executive of the local health board and the Commander of the local police division.
They also work in partnership with Scottish Government to take forward child protection policy and practice across Scotland.
Child Protection Committees have a broad range of responsibilities, which are laid out in: Protecting children and young people: Child Protection Committee and Chief Officer responsibilities.
Child Protection Committees Scotland (CPCScotland) brings together a wealth of knowledge and expertise from the multi-agency child protection community.
Child Protection Committees Scotland has a pivotal role to play, in conjunction with the Scottish Government and other partners in the protection of children across the country, by supporting the development and delivery of efficient and effective processes, common standards, and continuous improvement.
The following are the key objectives which underpin the operation of CPCScotland meetings:
CPCScotland has established working groups or sub-groups which are aligned to national child protection priorities. CPCScotland sets their role, remit, reporting arrangements and membership. Short life working groups are established as and when required.
CELCIS is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the CPCScotland meetings and any other related tasks.
In addition, there is a key role to inform CPCScotland members of pertinent research and practice developments nationally and internationally, and bringing any relevant additional matters to the attention of CPCScotland members for information and/or discussion.
Click or tap on the map below to find contact details for Child Protection Committees across Scotland's council areas.