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Child protection and response to historic child abuse

Cabinet Secretary for Education, Michael Russell MSP, addressed the Scottish Parliament on 11 November 2014 in a statement on child protection and response to historic child abuse.
Full Parliamentary statement on child protection and response to historic child abuse
Official Parliamentary report of the statement

In his statement, the Cabinet Secretary announced a public awareness campaign to highlight the issue of child sexual exploitation, which will be developed alongside on-going work to identify and safeguard young people at risk. The campaign forms part of a National Action Plan on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), prepared by an expert group and the Scottish Government and presented to Parliament on 11 November 2014.

Also published on 11 November 2014 was Safeguarding Scotland’s vulnerable children from child abuse: A review of the Scottish system, by Jackie Brock, Chief Executive of Children In Scotland - a report commissioned by Mr Russell to review Scotland’s approach to child protection services.
Both these publications are available below:

Child protection and response to historic child abuse

Young people with hands on footballNational Action Plan on Child Sexual Exploitation

The Minister for Children & Young People established an expert working group on CSE that reported with initial recommendations in 2013. The group has developed a comprehensive multiagency National Action Plan on Child Sexual Exploitation, taking account of the widespread work being carried out in this area, including the Public Petitions Committees report published in January. The National Action Plan marks a milestone in our conversation, not a conclusion.
National Action Plan on Child Sexual Exploitation (11 Nov 2014)

Safeguarding Scotland’s vulnerable children from child abuse (11 Nov 2014)Safeguarding Scotland’s vulnerable children from child abuse:
A review of the Scottish system

A review of Scotland’s approach to child protection services, specifically considering the safeguards put in place, the impact of the Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) approach, developments in preventing Child Sexual Exploitation, and the implementation of the recommendations of the Shaw Review into systematic abuse in residential care published in 2007.
Safeguarding Scotland’s vulnerable children from child abuse (11 Nov 2014)

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